The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 26, 2013

Award-winning singer to perform in Charleston


— The ministry of multi-award-winning singer Guy Penrod, formally of Bill Gaither’s “Vocal Band,” will  be at Charleston Civic Center’s  Little Theater Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

Penrod was named the NQC Soloist of the Year in 2013 on the heels of receiving an award for the No. 1 selling Southern Gospel Album of 2012 for his CD “Hymns” which has already sold more that 100,000 units.

“Hymns” also provided him with two Dove Award nominations for 2013.

“I grew up with and love the hymns,” Penrod said. “The vernacular has changed, but hymns address the human condition and give help, guidance and encouragement through truths that survive the test of time. Hymns are an important part of our history as believers.”

His show will include songs from this award- winning CD as well as “Breathe Deep,” his best-selling release in Southern Gospel of 2010.

Penrod made the decision to pursue a solo career in 2010 after many years with the Gaither Vocal Band.

“I had made 14 records with the Gaither Vocal Band when Bill asked if I wanted to do a solo record,” Penrod said. “I was excited by the opportunity to individualize my music and broaden my horizons. I also wanted to be true to the integrity of not doing a solo career inside the walls of my commitment to the Vocal Band.”

“Hymns,” which is a Gaither Music Group/ Servant Records release, is distributed by EMI CMG Distribution and is available at retail and digital outlets worldwide, as well as Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. It was produced by Penrod and Pete Greene and showcases 13 songs including “Does  Jesus Care,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace” and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

Penrod, born in Abilene, Texas, the son of a preacher, is known to legions of country fans from his appearances on GAC, RFD-TV and more as part of the Gaither Vocal Band. He became a 2011 Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee.

“I don’t see myself jumping from one genre to another — I want to blur the line, not jump the fence,” he said. “There’s a large base of folks that love country music and go to church on Sunday. I believe they’ll connect with what we’re doing.  I’ve been blessed with really loyal support through all these years with the Vocal Band — something I’m very grateful for.”

Tickets are $18 to $25 and available at the Charleston Civic Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets and online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.