SONG: Because He Lives
Written by: Bill Gaither & Gloria Gaither
William J. “Bill” Gaither, born March 28, 1936, was avid fan of gospel quartets throughout his childhood. He founded his first group, The Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956, while he was a college student. In 1962, Bill married Gloria Sickal, who became the best writing partner Bill could have found anywhere. The couple spent the first five years of their married life juggling full-time teaching jobs, writing, singing, recording and publishing until music became their full-time career in 1967. The collaborations of Bill and Gloria have resulted in more than 700 popular gospel songs. They have collectively won eight Grammy Awards and more than a dozen nominations, and they have received more than two dozen Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association, earning the title of Gospel Music Association’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times. After decades of unprecedented musical successes, Bill and Gloria still operate their business from Bill’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, and they dwell in the same home in which they raised their family. (Source: gaither.com)
Memorabilia Items on Display:
Gold Records: Bill & Gloria were awarded these Gold Video Awards from the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for sales of 50,000 for their first video album release entitled “Homecoming” (1991) and their third video release entitled “Reunion” (1992).
Dove Award: Bill was awarded his very first Dove Award for “Songwriter Of The Year”, at the first ever Dove Awards ceremony