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August 14

From Countrypolitan Pioneers to Gospel Singers: Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers

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CURRENTLY:

For sixty-one years and counting, there’s no stopping these veteran trio-singers, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin brothers from their candid expressions of faith and political views through music. Their latest single “The Gospel According to Gatlin” released last year had caused quite a stir with their word choices for lyrics especially for the songs “Young Jewish Lawyer,” “An American With a Remington,” and “Stand Up and Say So”.

Also, earlier this year, Larry’s been working on a musical featuring the story of a Comanche chief named “Quanah Parker.”

BRIEF OVERVIEW:

They were a massive success from the late ‘70s to the early ‘80s and for more than three decades, they have been imparting their musical gifts from their own recording contracts, tour performances, and to songwriting by Larry Gatlin. In fact, his compositions were sung by his old friend Dottie West, and later on, by other celebrities like Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Charlie Rich. In the same vein, they’ve had several awards and have been members of Grand Ole Opry for 40 years.

As children in the 1960s, their first singing exposure is with gospel songs. Then growing up, Larry embarked on a songwriting career through the support of Dottie West and Kris Kristofferson. His brothers, Steve and Rudy were still in college but later joined their brother in 1976 in Nashville.

Sometime in the early ‘90s though, they decided to slow down and independently explored their careers in Broadway, theatrics, and acting. Then in 2008, they again got together and released a new album called “Pilgrimage” and have been on the road for tours since then.

FAITH & CAREER BACKGROUND:

Perhaps, it’s best to hear it from Larry Gatlin himself. In this interview, Larry talks about how he started off as a young man in Nashville, his ups and downs, and how God intervened and helped him shape his music and art today.

As for their country gospel singing, Larry says,

“Singing music for the Lord is what got us to where we are today.  The good book says to ‘sing for joy in the Lord.’ And by the grace of God, we’re really damn good at that.”

Here’s a sample, by the way.


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