Fourteen years ago, TaRanda Kiser was like most high school seniors. She was headed for college and ready to conquer the world. Little could she have known what the next decade and a half would hold, after she made the decision to forsake college and audition for the popular Southern Gospel Music group, The Greenes. “Singing full-time had always been my dream,” recalls TaRanda, “so I gave up a college scholarship, left Florida, and made my way to the mountains of Boone, NC, to pursue my dream. All I wanted to do was sing!” The charming, talented soprano quickly captured the hearts of Gospel music lovers across the nation, and it wasn’t very long before she also captured the heart of the young man who was technically her boss. “From the first day I got on the bus to travel with the group, Tony and I hit it off. We became best friends long before we got married,” she admits.Even before the two wed, Tony had begun to experience major health problems. The couple was told they would never have children, yet God chose to present them with two miracles. As the couple was adjusting to life on the road with two little girls, their career seemed to continue to blossom.She achieved the historic honor of being the first female soloist to obtain a Number One ranking on The Singing News Magazine’s Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart with her mega-hit, Sky Full of Angels; however, as their professional lives seemed to prosper, Tony’s physical health was deteriorating. In 2007, doctors discovered that the one functioning kidney Tony had was working at a very low rate. In 2009, TaRanda was cleared to donate her kidney to her husband. Unfortunately, throughout the next year, Tony suffered numerous complications and in September of 2010, Tony passed away. “Tony was my biggest encourager,” TaRanda shares. “Saying goodbye has been the hardest thing I have ever had to face.”Staring in the face of uncertainty, TaRanda has held to the realization that this next step in her life is one God has been preparing her to take for quite some time. “I have been very blessed over the years with amazing opportunities,” she says with a smile, while fighting back the tears. “The Lord has been faithful to walk through all this with me. I look back on everything we have faced and I know this was a time of preparation for this new day. The very best way I can remember Tony is to do what I know he would want me to do. He always pushed me to sing, and with God’s help, that is what I will continue to do.”
Taken from www.tarandamusic.com
The Greenes started as a mixed family trio in 1979 and had their first album out by 1980. Siblings Tim, Kim and Tony Greene with father Everette at the piano began wowing Southern Gospel concert crowds by the mid 1980′s.The group’s rise to prominence was fairly short for the time period in which it could take groups a decade or more to become recognized. In addition to Kim’s success, the Greenes have fostered the success of three other female vocalists (Amy Lambert, Milena Parks and Taranda Greene).Tony Greene was one of the best emcees in Southern Gospel music, even during his younger years he knew how to read a crowd and react accordingly. Tim brought the group many great songs with his songwriting talents, including one of Southern Gospel’s all time best; “When I Knelt, The Blood Fell”.
Taken From: https://sogospelbackrow.wordpress.com/tag/greenes/
Since organizing in 1990, Greater Vision has been inspiring audiences with their rich vocal blend and their effective ability to communicate the message of the gospel. Over the years, Greater Vision has established a firm place at the pinnacle of Christian music, and has become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music.The vocals and rich harmony Greater Vision has become recognized for are a direct result of the blending of three unique and versatile vocalists. Gerald Wolfe, the group’s founder and emcee, sings the lead. Prolific songwriter, Rodney Griffin, handles the baritone part for the trio, while Chris Allman, also a prolific writer, sings the tenor. With each new opportunity, Gerald, Rodney, and Chris continue to move forward as they share their “Greater Vision”.
Taken From http://www.greatervisionmusic.com/about.html
With humble beginnings as rural farm-boys, The Hoppers were organized in 1957 by founding member and owner Claude Hopper along with brothers; Will, Steve, Paul, and Monroe. The Hoppers memoir, After All These Years, tells the heartwarming story of how the group later came to be known as The Hopper Brothers and Connie. Over the years, the Hopper Brothers and Connie (now known as The Hoppers) welcomed and mentored many musicians and singers who have gone on to their acclaimed service in Christian music. Connie and Claude’s two sons, Dean and Michael, joined the group full-time as lead vocalist and drummer/vocalist and business leaders in the industry.While The Hoppers achieved tremendous success through the first three decades of ministry, the era of the ’90s began a new leg of their journey with the addition of Dean’s wife, Kim, as soprano and a streak of number one songs. The pace of the group, with God’s help, was hitting new strides. The group has always tried to remain stalwart in their sharing of hope and God’s unmatchable love, while keeping their faith in Christ and family. Their prayer is to extend this message to all who do not know him, and encourage those who do. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming series. They are grateful for the popularity that has come to the music they love, bringing a new audience to the lasting message through gospel music and the vision of Bill & Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends.
Taken from http://www.thehoppers.com
A Texas native, Chris’ music of choice while growing up was country. But when Chris’ father gave him his first guitar when he was sick with mono, it soon wasn’t just honky-tonk he was playing. By age 14, Chris had written his first worship song.
But pursuing music for a living wasn’t exactly Chris’s go-to life plan once he graduated from high school. Confident that God had a plan in mind for his life, but still not really sure what that was specifically, Chris enrolled in college thinking he’d ultimately pursue a career in physical therapy. Of course, God had other plans for Chris. After earning a degree in psychology, Chris became friends with Louis Giglio, founder of Passion, designed to create an awakening on college campuses. Responding to Giglio’s invitation to be part of the first Passion worship event, a landmark gathering of thousands of college students in Austin, Texas, Chris eventually found his life’s calling in leading worship. As fulfilling as it’s been for Chris to lead audiences in worship, simply serving as just another worship artist hasn’t been enough. Chris has always been passionate about helping worship leaders thrive in their respective churches. So at the end of 2006, Chris launched on an online resource called Frequency. Describing the site as “a place to serve God and His people in worship,” he later partnered with Larry Tardy and expanded the effort. Now known as Frequency Worship, the web page includes chord charts for popular worship songs, instructional videos and message boards for worship leaders to connect with—and learn from—each other.
Taken from http://www.klove.com/music/artists/chris-tomlin/