It's More Than the Music: Life Lessons on Friends, Faith, and What Matters Most

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Growing up in the rural town of Alexandria, Indiana, Bill Gaither dreamed of becoming a gospel singer. He set out to do just that during his college years and after much frustration, ended up teaching high school English. It was hardly the life he had hoped for. From this humble beginning, he would go on to write more than 600 songs, record 40 albums, and win three Grammys. In IT'S MORE THAN THE MUSIC, he recalls the remarkable journey of his life. From the Gaither Trio to The Gaither Vocal Band, from performing in small churches to playing sold out arenas, Gaither reveals the triumphs and tragedies along the way. Readers will witness how God has blessed him as a songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and ultimately gospel music's elder statesman. His story will inspire and uplift as many people as his songs have touched lives.

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Bill Gaither is the most successful and most honored artist in the history of contemporary Christian music. In more than 30 years as a composer, songwriter and producer, Bill Gaither has received four Grammys, 20 Dove awards and the first Gold Record ever awarded an inspirational album. His creativity has resulted in such standards as "Because He Lives", "He Touched Me", "Something Beautiful", and "The King Is Coming". Gaither was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982, and was recently honored as Christian songwriter of the Century by ASCAP.

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In this enthusiastic narrative, Gaither (ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Century) tells the story of his life, from his beginnings as a boy obsessed with gospel music to his current success in the Christian music industry. Gaither and his wife, Gloria, have written, published, performed and recorded hundreds of songs together, and here, he relates how their innate gift for turning any idea into a song made them prolific writers, and how their music won them the respect of the record industry and audiences everywhere. Gaither acknowledges his accomplishments while remaining realistic about fame and its fickleness. "I believe that I'm being honest with myself when I say that I have never gotten caught up in my own success, enamored with it, or fooled into thinking that I am somebody special because of it," he declares. While making music is one of his greatest loves (he's a self-proclaimed "non-recovering workaholic"), Gaither is also a dedicated family man; he paints a loving portrait of his family as genuine, devoted and dedicated servants of God. But he is also quite candid about the difficult times he and his loved ones have gone through, admitting to harboring doubt and having struggled to learn to trust God in the face of hopeless situations (like his brother's death from cancer). Gaither can switch abruptly back and forth between different decades, and this switching can occasionally make his story disjointed and needlessly repetitious. However, this is a small flaw in a warm and enjoyable autobiography, which also provides an educational overview of the intricacies of the music business.
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