Bill & Gloria Gaither

Kennedy Center Homecoming

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This recording of inspirational music, part of the Gaithers' own Gaither Gospel Series, bears a subtitle that dubs the concert "A celebration of our faith and heritage." The musical program stays true to that claim with a stirring--and somehow not-incongruous--mixture of some of the best-known Christian hymns and patriotic songs. On the sacred side of things, such time-tested pulpit rockers as "Sombody Loves Me," "Every Time I Feel The Spirit," and "The Sweetest Words He Ever Said" allow the ensemble to bear witness with foot-stomping fervor.

Religion is only half the equation here. Songs of national love and honor, such as "America, The Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," are performed with equal passion. The Gaithers' group is an enormous operation that features a shifting roster of soloists, smaller performance groups (The Martins, The Katinas, and the Gaither Vocal Band), and a large-scale gospel-style chorus that swings and warbles through HOMECOMING's 22-track affirmation of God and country.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends 02:28 Amazon
2 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Gaither Vocal Band 03:12 Amazon
3 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Ann Downing / Joy Gardner / Bonnie Keen / Wesley Pritchard / Rex Nelon Singers 02:56 Amazon
4 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Larry Ford / Karen Peck 03:01 Amazon
5 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Joy Gardner / Ivan Parker 03:19 Amazon
6 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: The Martins 02:13 Amazon
7 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Larnelle Harris 03:29 Amazon
8 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Sue Dodge / Sheri Easter / Ladye Love Smith 03:19 Amazon
9 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Bob Cain / Ben Speer 03:09 Amazon
10 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Vestal Goodman 02:15 Amazon
11 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Ernie Haase / Babbie Mason 02:46 Amazon
12 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Janet Paschal 04:53 Amazon
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Bill & Gloria Gaither 03:30 Amazon
14 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends / Guy Penrod 03:11 Amazon
15 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Squire Parsons / David Phelps 04:15 Amazon
16 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: The Katinas 02:39 Amazon
17 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Andraé Crouch / Jessy Dixon 03:02 Amazon
18 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Gaither Vocal Band 01:36 Amazon
19 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Lillie Knauls 03:39 Amazon
20 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Bill Gaither / Sandi Patty 03:44 Amazon
21 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Larnelle Harris / Sandi Patty 05:57 Amazon
22 Bill & Gloria Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends 04:01 Amazon
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