David Phelps, Gordon Mote, Bill Gaither (left to right) in April 2009
Gaither Homecoming is the name applied to a series of videos, music recordings and concerts, which are organized, promoted and usually presented by Christian musicsongwriter and impresarioBill Gaither. To date, the Gaither Homecoming title is applied to more than 60 videos, dozens of music recordings, and an annual concert tour that drew more than half a million fans in 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
The format for almost all of the videos in the series is very similar. A studio set or concert stage is home to a group of several dozen singers, with the front row featuring artists with longstanding and legendary careers in Southern Gospel music. They would be joined by younger artists, some of them up-and-coming acts in the Gaither Music Group publishing stable. Gaither would lead the group in several songs, with soloists and groups featured in additional songs. Comments by veteran singers, who would reminisce about their careers, are a staple of the series. In later videos, the inevitability of death found its way into the videos, as segments remembering artists who had died since the previous taping were featured.
Most videos also have accompanying CDs which can be purchased in a set or separately.
The videos and CDs regularly top sales charts, even many years after the series' inception and after the death of many favorite artists. The most recent videos, Gaither Homecoming Tour: Live From Toronto and Canadian Homecoming, were first and third, respectively, on Billboard's music video chart, and the companion CDs also hit the CCM charts.  More recently, the 2007 recording of "How Great Thou Art" was nominated for a Dove Award.
In 1996, the video series gave birth to a concert tour, with a format similar to the videos but usually performed "in the round" in arenas. The concert dates are normally on Fridays and Saturdays, usually in separate cities.
The video series is repackaged into a series of hour-long or half-hour-long television shows. They can be found on the following Christian or family-oriented cable/satellite channels. (There is also an Internet TV channel – gaither.tv)
The Gaither Homecoming series has branched out into twice-yearly cruises. One cruise normally sails to Alaska in September, and the other to tropical ports in February.
It was on one of these cruises, in 2006, where regular pianist Anthony Burger, a longtime favorite of the Homecoming series, collapsed on-stage as a result of a heart attack while accompanying Gaither, his wife Gloria and the rest of the Homecoming Friends.
In 2009, for the first time, a Homecoming cruise was recorded for DVD/CD release. Alaskan Cruise Homecoming was released in January 2011.
1992: A Praise Gathering
1993: Turn Your Radio On
1993: Old Friends
1994: A Christmas Homecoming
1994: Precious Memories
1995: All Day Singin' with Dinner on the Ground
1995: Holy Ground
1995: Ryman Gospel Reunion
1996: When All God's Singer Get Home
1996: Sunday Meetin' Time
1996: Sing Your Blues Away
1996: Moments To Remember
1996: Something Beautiful
1996: Homecoming Texas Style
1996: Joy To The World
1996: Joy in the Camp
1997: Back Home Again in Indiana
1997: Feelin' At Home
1997: This Is My Story
1997: Special Homecoming Moments (certified platinum)
1998: Gaither Homecoming Celebration (recorded live on New Year's; released in January 2012)