Russell Taff (born November 11, 1953) is an American gospel singer and songwriter. He has sung a variety of musical styles throughout his career including: pop rock, traditional southern gospel, contemporary country music, and rhythm and blues. He first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials (1977–81). One of his best-known performances is the song "Praise The Lord". He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and occasionally tours with Bill Gaither in the Gaither Homecoming concerts. As a solo artist and songwriter, Taff is known for the 1980s anthem "We Will Stand". Biography [edit ]
Russ Taff is originally from
Farmersville, California. Taff later moved to Arkansas where he graduated from Cutter-Morning Star High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Taff and his wife, Tori, have two daughters: Madi Rose and Charlotte.
Discography [edit ] Solo albums
Year Album US Christian Record label Record producer(s) 1983 Walls of Glass 5 Myrrh Bill Schnee 1985 Medals 2 Jack Joseph Puig 1987 Russ Taff 2 1989 The Way Home 1 Darrell Brown, James Hollihan, Jr., Taff 1991 Under Their Influence 5 James Hollihan, Jr., Taff 1992 A Christmas Song 6 Sparrow James Hollihan, Jr. 1995 Winds of Change Reprise Hollihan, Randy Scruggs, Taff 1999 Right Here, Right Now Benson James Hollihan, Jr., Taff 2007 Now More Than Ever 41 Spring Hill Hollihan, Barry Jennings, Michael Sykes, Taff 2010 Another Sentimental Christmas James Hollihan, Jr. 2011 Faroe Islands Jákup Zachariassen, Óli Poulsen, Kristoffur Mørkøre Compilations 1994: We Will Stand (Yesterday & Today) (Myrrh) 2003: The Best of Russ Taff (Spring Hill) With The Sounds of Joy 1974: YHWH (Shalom Records) With The Imperials 1977: Sail On (Dayspring/Word) 1978: Imperials Live (Dayspring/Word) 1979: Heed The Call (Dayspring/Word) 1979: One More Song For You (Dayspring/Word) 1980: Priority (Dayspring/Word) 1980: Christmas With The Imperials (Dayspring/Word) 1981: The Very Best of The Imperials (Dayspring/Word) compilation 1986: Old Fashioned Faith (Dayspring/Word) compilation 1996: Legacy 1977–1988 (Word Records) compilation 2006: The Lost Album (Word Records) (originally recorded in 1976) 2006: The Imperials – Classic Hits (New Haven/Provident) compilation 2007: The Definitive Collection (Word/Warner) compilation With Gaither Vocal Band 2002: Everything Good (SpringHouse/EMI) 2003: A Cappella (SpringHouse/EMI) Appearances on other albums Solo singles [edit ]
Year Single US Country Album 1983 "We Will Stand" Walls of Glass 1985 "I'm Not Alone" Medals 1995 "Love Is Not a Thing" 53 Winds of Change "One and Only Love" 51 "Bein' Happy" 66 Video [edit ] Long-form 1982: More Than Music #1 (Word) (originally aired as a TV show in 1981) "I Go to the Rock", "Here We Are" (duet with Amy Grant) 1992: Russ Taff: A Christmas Song (Sparrow) 2001: I Do Believe Gaither Vocal Band "One Way" 2006: "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand" Ernie Haase & Signature Sound 2007: The Best of Russ Taff From the Gaither Homecoming Series 2007: Timeless: Concert of Faith & Inspiration 2009: Gaither Vocal Band Reunion: Vol. 1 "Born Again", "Heartbreak Ridge And New Hope Road", "Knowing You'll Be There" 2009: Gaither Vocal Band Reunion: Vol. 2 "The Really Big News", "When The Rains Come" Concept Music videos
Year Video Director 1985 "I'm Not Alone" "Not Gonna Bow" 1989 "Winds Of Change" "I Cry" 1991 "Life's Railway to Heaven" 1995 "Love Is Not a Thing" [1 ] Deaton-Flanigen Productions "One And Only Love" Gaither Homecoming video performances 1998: Down by the Tabernacle "The Tabernacle", "I Saw The Light" 1998: Rivers of Joy "We Will Stand" 1999: I'll Meet You on the Mountain "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand" 2000: Good News "When He Set Me Free" 2000: Irish Homecoming "Ain't No Grave" 2000: Whispering Hope "O Say, But I'm Glad" 2001: A "My Tribute" Billy Graham Music Homecoming, Vol.2 2001: London Homecoming "We Will Stand" 2002: Let Freedom Ring "When He Calls I'll Fly Away" 2002: New Orleans Homecoming "Praise The Lord" 2003: Australian Homecoming 2003: Red Rocks Homecoming "They Call It Gospel Music" 2003: Rocky Mountain Homecoming "The Workshop Of The Lord" 2004: Journey to the Sky "Trumpet Of Jesus" 2004: Passin' the Faith Along "Born Again" 2004: We Will Stand "We Will Stand" 2005: Jerusalem Homecoming "Bethlehem, Galilee, Gethsemane" 2006: Canadian Homecoming "More Than Ever" 2006: Live from Toronto "Trumpet Of Jesus" 2006: Christmas in South Africa "Higher Than Mt. Kilimanjaro" 2007: Amazing Grace " Amazing Grace" 2008: Homecoming Picnic "The Sweetest Song I Know" 2009: Joy in My Heart "Jesus Is The Best Thing" 2011: Alaskan Homecoming "Somebody’s Coming", "We Will Stand" 2011: Majesty "I Shall Wear A Crown" Awards and honors [edit ] Grammys [edit ] With The Imperials 1977 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Sail On 1979 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Heed the Call 1981 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Priority Solo 1983 Best Gospel Performance, Male for Walls of Glass 1991 Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album for Under Their Influence GMA Doves [edit ] As member of The Imperials 1977: Male Group of the Year 1979: Male Group of the Year 1980: Male Group of the Year 1981: Male Group of the Year 1981: Song of the Year – "Praise The Lord" 1981: Male Vocalist of the Year 1982: Male Vocalist of the Year 1998: Inducted into the GMA's Gospel Music Hall of Fame (with all five original members: Jake Hess, Armond Morales, Gary McSpadden, Sherrill Neilsen & Henry Slaughter, as well as Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andrus, and Jim Murray) Solo 1984: Male Vocalist of the Year 1986: Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for Medals 1989: Rock Album of the Year for Russ Taff 1989: Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for Russ Taff Nominations with the Gaither Vocal Band 2003: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year 2003: Country Album of the Year See also [edit ] Dove Award for Song of the Year Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary References [edit ] Sources [edit ] External links [edit ]