Gary McSpadden

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Gary McSpadden
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Background information
Born(1943-01-26) January 26, 1943 (age 71)
Mangum, Oklahoma United States
GenresChristian southern gospel, contemporary Christian
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer, pastor
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsBill Gaither Trio, Gaither Vocal Band, The Imperials, The Oak Ridge Boys
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Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden.jpg
Background information
Born(1943-01-26) January 26, 1943 (age 71)
Mangum, Oklahoma United States
GenresChristian southern gospel, contemporary Christian
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer, pastor
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsBill Gaither Trio, Gaither Vocal Band, The Imperials, The Oak Ridge Boys

Gary McSpadden (born January 26, 1943, Mangum, Oklahoma, United States) is an American pastor, singer, songwriter, producer, television host and motivational speaker. He has musical roots in quartet music and Southern gospel with The Statesmen, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The Bill Gaither Trio, and The Gaither Vocal Band.[1] McSpadden's songs include "Jesus Lord To Me”, “Hallelujah Praise The Lamb”, and “No Other Name But Jesus”. He has produced albums for numerous groups. In 1987, he co-hosted PTL Today after Jim Bakker resigned. McSpadden went on to produce television programs, including the "Jubilee" concert series filmed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. He also produced and starred in several live music shows in the Branson area during the 1990s and 2000s.

Early life[edit]

Gary McSpadden was born to Boyd and Helen McSpadden. The family later moved to Lubbock, Texas where Gary's father was pastor of Faith Temple. Gary grew up in a musical family.[2] His mother and father were songwriters, and at least one of their songs, "Heaven", became popular after it was recorded by George Beverly Shea and others. As a young boy, McSpadden sang in the church and was singing solos by the age of ten.[3]



In 1962, at the age of 18, McSpadden caught the attention of Hovie Lister, manager of The Statesmen, and sang with the group while lead singer Jake Hess was on medical leave.[3] After five months, he was hired on with The Oak Ridge Quartet. During his time there, the group changed their name to The Oak Ridge Boys, and recorded three albums together.[4]

From 1964 to 1967, McSpadden sang with Jake Hess and the Imperials. It was during his time with them that The Imperials first started singing backup to Elvis Presley.[5]

In 1977, Mcspadden joined Bill And Gloria Gaither in The Bill Gaither Trio, replacing Danny Gaither.[6] During this time, he was a co-pastor for three years, but stepped down by 1980 to focus whole-heartedly on music.[7][8] By 1981, the trio grew added a second group called The Gaither Vocal Band. McSpadden, Bill Gaither, Steve Green and Lee Young were the first members in the group.[9]

McSpadden began his solo career in 1979 with his album Higher Purpose. He sang with the Gaither Vocal Band until 1988 when he left to devote more time towards his solo career.[10]

McSpadden has recorded more than 30 albums, 16 of them solo.


In 1967, McSpadden left the music ministry to pastor a large non-denominational church with his father in Fort Worth, Texas.[11] The father/son team worked together for 13 years.[8] Today, he pastors Faith and Wisdom Church in Branson, Missouri, teaching faith, wisdom and obedience to the Bible.[12]

Television & live music shows[edit]

Gary McSpadden has been broadcasting on television for years. In 1976, he and his father Boyd McSpadden aired a series of programs in Fort Worth, Texas from the church they pastored. Years later, Gary was an occasional guest on The PTL Club with Jim Bakker. After Bakker resigned the show, McSpadden accepted an invitation to host the program and stayed on for six months.[13]

In January 1999, McSpadden began to host a new live music show at Silver Dollar City called Gospel Jubilee.[14] The show was recorded and broadcast on television every Sunday from January 2000 through January 2003.[15] During the show, he featured an assortment of current popular Christian artists[16] singing gospel favorites.[17]

In 2003, McSpadden also starred in a live show with his brother-in-law Dino Kartsonakis titled the "Easter Spring Spectacular". This show was hosted every spring for 4 years at various theaters in Branson Missouri.[18]

In 2004, McSpadden moved his live music show to the Americana Theater in Branson and changed the name to Southern Gospel Sundays. He continued to host a variety of current Christan artists at the new theater.[19]

In the years to follow, McSpadden focused more on preaching and teaching the Gospel. The Gary McSpadden Show was broadcast on TCT (Total Christian Television). It still included various Christian artists along with segments by Gary teaching on subjects from the Bible. Today The Gary McSpadden Show focuses totally on the gospel with teachings from various messages. The show still includes a song from a visitor at Faith & Wisdom Church in Branson. It is broadcast on two satellite networks: TCT and GEB.


Gary McSpadden produced many Dove Award-winning recordings for the Bill Gaither Trio, The Cathedrals, The Gaither Vocal Band, Terri Gibbs, and The Talleys, Lulu Roman, and others.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

McSpadden was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998,[20] 1999[21] and 2000.[22] He was also inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1989.[23]


Solo albums[edit]

YearAlbumRecord label
1965Gary McSpaddenSuperior
1966How Green Is Your ValleySing Records
?Hallelujah MaranathaRainbow
1979Higher PurposeParagon Records
1981It Was EnoughMcSpadden Group
1984Separate JourneysParagon
1986TimelessAriose Music
1986One Song, One VoiceWord, Incorporated
1987The Best Of Gary McSpaddenGreentree
1988Hymns from the HeartMcSpadden Group
1990All-Time FavoritesMcSpadden Group
1990From My SoulMcSpadden Group
1993Highest PraiseMcSpadden Group
1999Back Home AgainMAXX Music
2000Southern Gospel ClassicsMcSpadden Group
2001Familiar PlacesLandmark
2002Simply the Best of Gary McSpaddenMcSpadden Group
2002Great Hymns & Gospel SongsGary McSpadden
2007Thank YouGary McSpadden

Devotional albums[edit]

YearAlbum TitleLabel
2001Drive Time Devotions 1Tyndale Audio
2001Drive Time Devotions 2Tyndale Audio
2001Drive Time Devotions 3Tyndale Audio
2002Drive Time Devotions for MomsTyndale Audio
2002Drive Time Devotions for MenTyndale Audio
2003Drive Time Devotions 1Word Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2003Drive Time Devotions for the Christmas HolidaysWord Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2004Drive Time Devotions 2Word Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2004Drive Time Devotions for KidsWord Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2004Drive Time Devotions for MomsWord Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2004Drive Time Devotions for MenWord Entertainment LLC / Curb Records
2012Scriptures And Thoughts to Bring HealingGary McSpadden Ministries


  1. ^ a b Jeffrey Lee Brothers (July 1, 2003). Hot Hits: Ac Charts 1978-2001. AuthorHouse. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-4107-3294-1. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lindsay Terry (January 2005). Stories Behind Fifty Southern Gospel Favorites. Kregel Publications. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-8254-9841-1. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lindsay Terry (September 9, 2008). I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: Stories Behind 100 of the World's Most Popular Worship Songs. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-4185-7465-9. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Joseph Bonsall (30 October 2004). An American Journey. New Leaf Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-89221-601-7. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
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  10. ^ "GAITHER VOCAL BAND. | I warmly welcome you to the official Independent News Center for Seventh Day Adventist Music Ministry". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
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  12. ^ "About Faith And Wisdom Church - Faith And Wisdom Church". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
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  14. ^ "Silver Dollar City". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  15. ^ "Gospel Jubilee - Episode Guide - MSN TV". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  16. ^ "Gary McSpadden Ministries Southern Gospel Nights". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  17. ^ "Sowing Seeds by Satellite". SBC Life. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  18. ^ "Branson Shows and Attractions". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  19. ^ "Gary McSpadden Hosts Southern Gospel Music Live TV Taping | Absolutely Gospel Music". 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  20. ^ "Year of 1998 « GMA Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  21. ^ "Year of 1999 « GMA Hall Of Fame". 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  22. ^ "Year of 2000 « GMA Hall Of Fame". 1996-03-06. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  23. ^ "Hall of Fame - Gary McSpadden". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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