CD Review: A Tribute to the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither

Rating: 3.5 stars (of 5)

Average Song Rating: 3.4 stars (of 5)

Song List: Family of God (Squire Parsons); Then Came the Morning (Won By One); Get All Excited (Talley Trio); The Longer I Serve Him (Perry Sisters); I Just Feel Like Something Good is About to Happen (Isaacs); Because He Lives (Kingdom Heirs); I Will Serve Thee (Kirk Talley); Something Beautiful (The Trio); He Touched Me (Kingsmen); God Gave the Song (Anthony Burger).

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A Tribute to the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither was originally released in 1999. It was recently re-issued as part of Crossroads’ initiative to reissue out-of-print recordings digitally.

The project features artists from a fairly wide spectrum within Southern Gospel, with several soloists, male quartets, family groups, and trios. Probably the two strongest songs on the project are Won By One’s “Then Came the Morning,” featuring Clayton Inman, and the Kingdom Heirs’ “Because He Lives” (featuring Arthur Rice).

The Talley Trio and The Trio (Anthony, Kirk and Ivan) turn in smooth harmonies on “Get All Excited” and “Something Beautiful,” respectively.

Three soloists appear: Anthony Burger does an instrumental rendition of “God Gave the Song,” Squite Parsons sings “Family of God,” and Kirk Talley sings “I Will Serve Thee.” (Oddly, “I Will Serve Thee” is placed right before The Trio’s “Something Beautiful.”)

Though this project will not likely go down as the best collection of Gaither songs ever released (there have been several), it does have several strong performances and is an enjoyable project.