“And to me the message of the gospel is that on Friday the Lord died, and it was a depressing time. And then the good news came with the power of the resurrection,” Gaither said. “It shows that life wins, and is hopeful.”
Many of the stories and inspirations for the songs come straight from real life situations Gaither said.
“You’ve got to be involved in life,” Gaither said of songwriting. “We, my wife and I, have a highway cafe, and that’s where a lot of local people hang out. A lot of our writing comes out of talking about their experiences in life ... you’ve got to live around folks, they all have situations that help us come up with ideas that need to be shared.”
Gaither also credits the education both he and his wife had as English majors in school. Bill met Gloria when both were teachers at Alexandria High School in the early 1960s. The couple began writing songs, and in 1963 Bill formed the Gaither Vocal Band with his sister and brother. The group has had different members since 1963 including some young and upcoming gospel artists who have since become gospel stars in their own right.
Last summer the Gaither Vocal Band taped a reunion DVD featuring past and present members of the group, including two Grammy-winning soloists Russ Taff and Larnelle Harris.
“It was pretty awesome,” Gaither said of the reunion, “It sort of happened overnight, and the response was really good.”
The Gaither Vocal Band’s latest CD, which is also the namesake of the current tour, “Lovin’ Life” recently won a Grammy, making it the eighth Grammy for Gaither. Gaither said he appreciates the awards, but they are far from the reason he got in the business in the first place.