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Southern Gospel and Homecoming Tour Artists Pay Tribute to Lari Goss
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On a warm Monday night in July of 2012, a packed house of Southern Gospel fans at Trinity Music City Auditorium in Hendersonville, Tenn., were treated to a magnificent evening of music.  The brainchild of the Booth Brothers’ Jim Brady, the night was all about honoring industry icon Lari Goss, who has spent five decades performing, arranging, producing, writing and loving music.

Lari’s distinctive stylings have been heard everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the London Philharmonic Symphony and for music giants including Warner Brothers, Capitol, RCA and Columbia.  But this occasion was all about his indelible imprint on his beloved gospel music and his contributions to the careers of a very long list of Southern Gospel notables, including many artists from Gaither Homecoming tours.

The ever-energetic Gerald Wolfe made a wonderful host, and the guest of honor was met with a standing ovation as he took the stage.  Lari then took his place at the grand piano and was accompanied by Kevin Williams (guitar), Wesley Pritchard (bass), Mike Hopper (drums) and top-notch orchestral players from the Nashville String Machine.

The artists performed songs Lari had arranged and/or written for them, and the audience members matched the enthusiasm onstage, rising to their feet time and time again. 

The Booth Brothers, a crowd favorite, started things off with a bang, followed by an incredible lineup of performances by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Babbie Mason (with Stan Whitmire on piano), the Hoppers, the Mark Trammell Quartet, Bradley Knight accompanied by members of the Christ Church choir (and Geron Davis at the piano), Legacy Five, Greater Vision, Taranda Greene, the Martins, the Nelons (with former members Karen Peck Gooch and Charlotte Ritchie), Jim & Melissa Brady and Julie Goss.

A special high point was when the National Quartet Convention’s Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, presented Goss with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NQC’s board of directors. Lari fought back tears upon receiving the award, as he did many times throughout the evening.

This musical legend has many reasons to be thankful — a beautiful wife and family, surviving a year-long battle with tracheal cancer and the opportunity to make a living doing something he loves. As his colleagues piled on more blessings, sharing heartfelt and sometimes funny stories about their memories of working with Goss, he reacted gratefully and humbly, giving all glory to God.

Homecoming tour favorites Ronnie Booth, Kelly Nelon Clark and Jason Clark share their thoughts about the evening below:

We caught up with Kelly Nelon Clark and Jason Clark of the Nelons after the concert, to get their thoughts about the occasion:

Homecoming Magazine chats with Ronnie Booth of the Booth Brothers, after the Lari Goss tribute concert in July 2012. Ronnie shares his thoughts about what the evening meant to him. . .

This unforgettable evening will air on TBN, on an as-yet-undisclosed date, and the DVD will be made available in September 2012. To see pictures from the event. . .

(Photos courtesy of Amber Butler and Adam Borden)