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In the late 19th Century, Southern Gospel was the genre that started bringing religious songs outside of the church. What started out as all-male, mostly a cappella quartets has grown and evolved to include solo artists, female and mixed groups and full musical instrumentation.

The Dove Awards first award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year was handed out in 1976 and the first award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year was given in 1989.

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers
Booth Brothers

Brothers Ronnie and Michael Booth started singing with their dad, Ron Sr., in 1990. When he retired in 1998, the boys carried on the tradition with Jim Brady. The trio has been winning awards ever since, including Trio of the Year, Male Group of the Year, Best Live Performer of the Year and Song of the Year.

Booth Brothers Members:

  • Ronnie Booth
  • Michael Booth
  • Jim Brady

Booth Brothers Starter Songs:

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

In Europe, people refer to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound as "Ambassadors of Joy" because their message of hope and joy comes through every note of their performances. In the US, they're known as Dove Award winners and a favorite group in Southern Gospel circles.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Members:

  • Ernie Haase (Tenor)
  • Doug Anderson (Baritone)
  • Ian Ownes (Bass)
  • Devin McGlamery (Lead)

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Starter Songs:

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Music

The Gaither Vocal Band, led by the legendary Bill Gaither, started up backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert in the early 1980s with just four guys singing around a piano. They sounded so good that Bill decided they should see what the audience thought. They went on stage and the rest, as they say, is history.

Gaither Vocal Band Members:

  • Bill Gaither
  • David Phelps
  • Wes Hampton

Gaither Vocal Band Former Members:

  • Buddy Mullins
  • Gary McSpadden
  • Guy Penrod
  • Jim Murray
  • Jon Mohr
  • Jonathan Pierce
  • Larnelle Harris
  • Lee Young
  • Lemuel Miller
  • Mark Lowry
  • Marshall Hall
  • Michael English
  • Russ Taff
  • Steve Green
  • Terry Franklin

Gaither Vocal Band Starter Songs:

Gold City

Gold City
Beckie Simmons Agency

Since 1980, Gold City has been wowing fans and winning awards.

Gold City Band Members:

  • Tim Riley (Bass)
  • Daniel Riley (Baritone)
  • Bryan Elliott (Pianist)
  • Jerry Pelfrey (Lead vocalist)
  • Robert Fulton (Tenor)
  • Chuck Howe (Road manager/sound engineer)

Gold City Starter Songs:

Greater Vision

Greater Vision
Daywind Records

The trio known as Greater Vision has been touching audiences around the world since 1990. With over 200 performaces a year and 30+ releases, they have become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music with awards for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

Greater Vision Members:

  • Chris Allman (Tenor)
  • Rodney Griffin (Baritone)
  • Gerald Wolfe (Lead)

Greater Vision Starter Songs:

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River
Daywind Records

Karen Peck started singing professionally in 1981 with The Nelons. She remained with the group for 10 years before she felt like God was calling her to take the next step in her musical journey. Karen Peck and New River was born when she and her husband Rickey teamed up with her sister Susan to form a group.

Karen Peck and New River Members:

  • Karen Peck Gooch
  • Susan Peck Jackson
  • Jeff Hawes

Karen Peck and New River Starter Songs:

The Ball Brothers

The Ball Brothers
The Ball Brothers

Andrew, Daniel, Stephen and Josh Ball, aka The Ball Brothers, grew up in central Illinois and were singing at early ages. They were introduced to the Southern Gospel world in 2006 on the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Summer Tour. In 2010, they were nominated as the Horizon Group of the Year by the Singing News and their CD, Breakthrough, was nominated for album of the year by the Southern Gospel News.

The Ball Brothers Members:

  • Andrew Ball (Tenor)
  • Andy Tharp (Baritone)
  • Cody McVey (Formerly of the Kingsmen)
  • Daniel Ball (Lead)
  • Joshua Ball
  • Joshua Gibson (aka Gibson)

Stephen Ball (Baritone - left the group in 2012 due to major hearing loss)

The Ball Brothers Starter Songs:

The Collingsworth Family

The Collingsworth Family
The Collingsworth Family

The Collingsworth Family got their start at a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan in 1986. In 2000, they shifted to a new, all-concert ministry.

The Collingsworth Family Members:

  • Phil Collingsworth
  • Kim Collingsworth
  • Brooklyn Collingsworth
  • Courtney Collingsworth
  • Phillip Collingsworth
  • Olivia Collingsworth

The Collingsworth Family Starter Songs:

The Freemans

The Freemans
The Freemans

For the past 30+ years, members of The Freemans have been involved in Southern Gospel music. From Darrell's time with the Pathways to Chris's time with the Hinsons, as individuals, they've learned every aspect of the industry. As The Freemans, they've spent 20 years ministering to fans.

The Freemans Members:

  • Chris Freeman (Vocals)
  • Darrell Freeman (Vocals/Bass)
  • Joe Freeman (Vocals/Piano)
  • Misty Freeman (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
  • Caylon Freeman (Drums)

The Freemans Starter Songs:

The Hoppers

The Hoppers
Spring Hill Music Group

The Hoppers got their start in 1957 when brothers Claude, Will, Steve, Paul and Monroe Hopper started singing. They went on to become The Hopper Brothers and Connie and before long, Claude and Connie were man and wife.

The Hoppers Members:

  • Claude Hopper
  • Connie Hopper
  • Dean Hopper
  • Kim Hopper
  • Michael Hopper

The Hoppers Starter Songs:

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet
Tribute Quartet

The Tribute Quartet formed in 2006 and within two years, had been named the "Horizon Group of the Year" at the National Quartet Convention. With a purpose of "preserving the heritage and promoting the future of Southern Gospel music," these four men bring the sounds of yesterday to life while providing a glimpse into the songs of tomorrow.

Tribute Quartet Members:

  • Gary Casto
  • Josh Singletary
  • Riley Harrison Clark
  • Anthony Davis

Tribute Quartet Starter Songs:

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