Bill Gaither also known as William J. Gaither, is an American singer and songwriter of southern gospel and Contemporary Christian music. He was born March 28, in Alexandria, Indiana in 1936. The son of George and Lela Gaither Bill formed his first group, the Bill Gaither Trio (consisting of his sister Mary Ann, and brother Danny) in 1956 while a college student at Anderson College.
After graduating from Anderson in 1959, he worked as an English teacher. He married the former Gloria Sickal in 1962. After a few years of trying to manage both a music career and his full time teaching job, he quit his teaching job in 1967 and worked full time in the Christian music industry.
Besides performing solo and with his wife, Gaither has appeared as part of the Bill Gaither Trio, the Gaither Voc
al Band, and as a part of his “Homecoming” groups. Bill and Gloria still live in Indiana and have three grown children.
Why is he famous?
Bill and his wife have together written many songs that made them rise to fame.These include “The Longer I Serve Him,” “Because He Lives,” “The King Is Coming,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me”, “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name” and “Let’s Just Praise The Lord.” His songs have been performed by Christian artists (Carman, Sandi Patty), country singers (The Statler Brothers) and pop artists (Elvis Presley).
Bill has also won many numerous awards including Christian “Songwriter of the Century” (with Gloria Gaither): American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), 2000;Among the top 75 American entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur Magazine, 1997;Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, 1982 and Grammy Awards in 1973, 1975, 1991, 1999, 2009.
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