As a preacher's son and a protege nurtured under the massive Bill Gaither gospel umbrella, gospel singer Guy Penrod's solo releases bring a touch of down-home country familiarity to the contemporary Christian music table. Penrod perfected a style that, without much embellishment, allowed him to explore classic country gospel hymns as well as contemporary praise & worship songs without ruffling a single feather.
Penrod was born on July 2, 1963 in Abilene, Texas, and was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, where his father was the pastor of Temple Baptist Church. Before he graduated Hobbs High School in 1981, Penrod had already assembled and recorded an album, singing all the parts himself. After attending and graduating Liberty University, he began working as a studio session singer, doing backup vocals for artists like Carman, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Garth Brooks, and others. He was also a member of the Christ Church Choir. Penrod met Bill Gaither at a studio session and was soon a member of the Bill Gaither Vocal Band, where his powerful singing and vocal range brought him lot of fans via Gaither's various international Homecoming concerts. He was also a key contributor to nearly a dozen albums released under the Bill Gaither Vocal Band moniker.
Penrod left to go solo in 2009, the same year that his debut solo album, Breathe Deep, appeared. (Penrod was still part of the Gaither organization, with Gaither's label releasing his recordings.) Produced by Brent Rowan, Breathe Deep consisted of fairly traditional country with Christian and spiritual overtones, a template Penrod would make his own. Hymns followed in 2012, with Worship and a holiday album titled Christmas both arriving in 2014. A popular live performer, Penrod documented the strength of his on-stage appeal with the Live: Hymns & Worship album. In 2017, Penrod returned with the studio album Classics, which found him revisiting many of his best-known songs. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
Joseph Habedank is a two-time GRAMMY® nominated, Dove Award winning Southern Gospel Artist of the Year (2020) and has been named Gospel Music's Favorite Soloist for four consecutive years (2017-2020). Joseph has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on FoxNews.com's Spirited Debate, TBN's Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck's The Blaze. He has shared his songs in some of America's greatest churches and venues, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Charles Stanley's First Baptist Atlanta, The Grand Ole Opry, and the historic Ryman Auditorium. On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release, Welcome Home, he was awarded New Soloist of the Year in 2014. His sophomore release, Resurrection, was the first album released by a solo artist to receive the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the year and garnered his first GRAMMY® nomination for Roots Gospel Album of the year. His 2019 release, Deeper Oceans, was nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards and earned him a second GRAMMY® nomination for Roots Gospel Album of the year, it also includes two number one songs, "Shame On Me" and "Goliath". His songs have been recorded by artists such as: Reba McEntire, Restless Heart, Dailey and Vincent, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant, Karen Peck & New River, The Hoppers, and many more. Joseph currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.
Lynda Tait Randle, as Bill Gaither has fondly introduced her for over a decade, was born in the inner city of Washington, D.C. She is the middle child of seven and feels blessed to have had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. Despite being led to the Lord at the young age of 12, it would be years later before she really experienced the freedom from bondage that only God could give. Music became a way out of pain and heartache for Lynda and as a result of this God-given gift, many doors of opportunity have opened up for her.
Lynda's distinct alto voice has created opportunities for her to minister across the United States and around the world. Her gift has allowed her to share the stage with musical legends, from Andre Crouch to Gladys Knight. Lynda has opened for national sporting events and has had the distinct honor of being a musical guest for a Billy Graham crusade. She has been a favorite on the Gaither Homecoming Series and Videos. Her two most requested songs are "God On The Mountain" and "I'm Free." In 2005, she won a Dove Award for her album, "A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson." One remarkable element to Lynda and her ministry is her ability to quickly build rapport with audiences and draw them together regardless of age, race, or ethnicity. Her message and music is truly cross cultural. This is a theme that can be seen through her individual performances, women's conferences, books, and albums.