Bill Gaither


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In 2005, the Christian-music empire created by Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends was as expansive as ever. On HYMNS, the group gathers to explore its favorite songs of praise and joy, and it's a more somber affair than the companion piece released during the same week, CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD.

HYMNS is drenched in variety, with no one sound dominating. On "A Beautiful Life," the Florida Boys offer harmonies straight out of a barbershop quartet's playbook, while "I'd Rather Be an Old-Time Christian" revels in Carter Family-era folk. The Hayes Family blends 1970s pop with '80s country spirit on the playful "God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds," and Reggie & Ladye Love Smith turn the ear back to a classic choral tune on "He Giveth More Grace." A lonely harmonica graces "Nothing But the Blood," which calls together the whole clan for a quiet story that leads to an inspired reinterpretation of "Wayfaring Stranger." Cynthia Clawson closes the affair on a soft, a cappella note with the sweet "Softly and Tenderly."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
03:25 Amazon
2 03:37 Amazon
feat: Florida Boys
03:27 Amazon
02:47 Amazon
5 02:38 Amazon
feat: The Bishops
03:33 Amazon
feat: Hayes Family
02:51 Amazon
03:32 Amazon
00:46 Amazon
10 05:47 Amazon
feat: The Isaacs
04:01 Amazon
06:32 Amazon
13 06:21 Amazon
14 04:25 Amazon
15 02:46 Amazon
feat: Ivan Parker
03:15 Amazon
03:36 Amazon
04:28 Amazon
19 05:37 Amazon
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