(Nashville, TN.) – There’s a certain “coming full circle” quality in the knowledge
that Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers have chosen as their latest musical
project a collection of songs that are taking them back to where it all began, to
the music of their heritage. The gospel.
Family Gospel Favorites, contains the music the Gatlin Brothers grew up on back in West Texas when four decades of million selling songs and White House performances were still in the far distant future for Larry and younger brothers Steve and Rudy. As they skillfully mastered the art of perfect family harmony on Sundays at the little home church back in Abilene, seeds were forever instilled in the Gatlins’ music. As they grew into international fame, their early roots in gospel harmonies were evident no matter how often their later hits crossed and
criss-crossed into platinum on the pop and country charts.
The new Gatlin collection streets October 26th from Dualtone Music Group. Larry Gatlin is quick to admit it’s a project close to the brothers’ collective hearts. “My first hero was James Blackwood from the Blackwood Brothers Quartet,” noted Gatlin in a recent interview in New York. “Our folks took us to those old Southern style gospel quartet concerts when we were growing up. I loved it!
The music was infectious, inspiring and right then and there I decided that making music was what I wanted to do with my life.”
The Family Gospel Favorites collection is the ‘best of the best’ for the pure precision striking harmonies of the Gatlins. Such classics at It Is Well With My Soul, In The Garden, Amazing Grace, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Love Lifted Me, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Rock Of Ages, Whispering Hope, I’ll Fly Away, Swing Down Sweet Chariot, Peace In The Valley, Do Lord, Victory In Jesus/Power In the Blood, and Sweet Hour Of Prayer are filled with the ‘realness’ of the hope and inspiration of their faith that the three brothers have each personally found in their own lives.
While Larry, Steve and Rudy continue to perform a schedule of concerts as The
Gatlin Brothers, each has pursued their own individual course as successful artists and businessmen. Larry has recently been named a creative director for the new Gospel Music Channel, which launches nationally in October. He will host his own weekly program on the new channel. The new Gatlin album project will get a special spotlight when The Gospel Music Channel airs a one-hour
documentary on the making of Family Gospel Favorites, which will air October 30th. The Gatlins’ musical special will have multiple re-airings throughout November and December.
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