LeTourneau University: Grammy-winning artist to play 2 shows in East Texas

Published on Friday, 3 January 2014 23:13 - Written by From Staff Reports

On Jan. 24 and 25 at the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University in Longview multi-Grammy award-winner Bill Gaither will host two concerts featuring the Gaither Vocal Band.

“Few events have the ability unite individuals from all walks of life the way Gaither concerts do,” accroding to the news release. “The Gaither Vocal Band will share timeless gospel classics, as well as refreshing, inspiring new favorites embraced by audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

Year after year, Bill Gaither has brought the Homecoming Tour into cities worldwide, performing to packed houses with collective attendance figures exceeding 1.1 million people and being ranked among the top concerts for tickets sold worldwide in any music genre during the past decade, according to the written release.

“Gaither continues to be delighted by audiences’ response to the concerts, now more than 40 years after he quit his day job as a teacher. ‘I’ve always said it all starts with a great song, and we are fortunate that each concert includes great songs that have stood the test of time. With all the musical choices that are available now, there is still a special place for the joy and optimism that reside in Gospel music. Good news never gets old.’”

Named ASCAP’s Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither have written more than 700 popular gospel songs throughout their multi-decade career, including favorite standards “He Touched Me,” Because He Lives,” and “There’s Just Something About That Name,” according to the release.

Since 1992, when Gaither began recording the celebrated Homecoming series of DVDs and CDs, most every volume has gone gold or platinum with sales totaling approximately 100 million volumes. The programs appear regularly on television networks around the world.

The concert on Jan. 24 will begin at 7 p.m., while the concert Jan. 25 will begin at 6 p.m. Reserve tickets online at www.gaither.com or www.premierproductions.com , as well as www.belchercenter.com . Tickets may be charged-by-phone by calling 903-233-3080 or 1-866-550-5388. Group tickets, as well as additional information, also are available by calling 903-233-3080.