Up & Coming Weekly

October 10, 2017

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OCTOBER 11 - 17, 2017 UCW 25 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e distinguished Gaither Vocal Band will be perform at the Crown Complex eatre Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. Singing quartet-based gospel music since the '50s, Grammy Award- winning Bill Gaither and his family have long been a powerful force in the music industry. eir successes have earned them the opportunity to hold yearly tours around the world and to perform at esteemed venues like Carnegie Hall. e band has also created hits that topped the Billboard charts. While performing at the Crown, the band will be on its "Better Together Tour." e group will release an all-new stu- dio recording, "We Have is Moment," Oct. 13. It will be released on the band's website, www.gaither.com, as well as aired on numerous television stations. e band includes the group's founder Bill Gaith- er, Adam Crabb, Reggie Smith, Wes Hampton and Todd Suttles. e tour will feature guests including gospel singers Kevin Williams, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald. Gaither is the group's primary songwriter and producer, along with his wife, Gloria Gaither. He has written over 700 songs, including "Let's Just Praise the Lord," "Something Beautiful," "It Is Finished" and "e King Is Coming." Gaither and his wife have won eight Grammy Awards. Gaither believes gospel music is much more than music; it gives him the ability to spread the message of Jesus Christ to others around the world. Band member Adam Crabb is no stranger to music. Whether in the studio or performing live, he has been learning and perfecting his craft for most of his life. He is a member of the Crabb Family, which is a Grammy-nominated and Dove-nominated southern gospel group. He is now a lead singer for the Gaither Vocal Band, which was one of his life-long dreams. He believes gospel music is his calling in life. Reggie Smith is another singer and pro- ducer for the band. He has performed all over the world in places like Carnegie Hall and at the Super Bowl. He has also, along with his wife, recorded music for "e Lion King" soundtrack. He and his wife started their careers singing as backup singers in Tennessee but have been singing as a duet with the Gaithers for 18 years. After completing college, Wes Hampton was asked by Gaither to be a part of the Vocal Band in 2005. He sings tenor in the group. Hampton was already experienced in the music world, and Gaither noticed that he brought his heart and passion to the group. ese qualities Hampton brought to the table helped the Vocal Band win a Grammy with its song "Lovin' Life." Todd Suttles sings baritone with the Gaither Vo- cal Band. Suttles left the group he was originally in, Settles Connection, and joined the Vocal Band in 2014. Not only is he skilled in vocals, but he has an educational background from Vanderbilt University. For more information, visit www.gaither.com. For tickets, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com. Legendary Gaither Vocal Band Onstage at the Crown by NICOLE HODGES EVENTS NICOLE HODGES, Intern. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. e Gaither Vocal Band is set to perform at the Crown Oct. 14.

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