What are some facts about the life of Bill Gaither?


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Bill Gaither is a gospel singer who has made over 100 albums and received many awards, including three Grammy Awards. He and his wife Gloria hold many honors, including the title "Gospel Songwriters of the Century" by the Gospel Hall of Fame.

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Bill Gaither was born in Alexandria, Indiana on March 28, 1936. He grew up on a family farm. He studied piano and enjoyed music by artists such as Mills Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams and Patti Page.

In 1953 and 1954, he studied at Stamps School of Music in Dallas, Texas. He decided to make a gospel music group called "Path-finders." The group sang at fairs and churches. In 1961 he met Gloria Sickal. They got married in 1962 and worked together on writing songs and publishing books.

Bill and Gloria compiled a nondenominational hymnal with gospel songs and spirituals that became a best-selling publication. Their musical group, "The Gaither Trio," began to experience massive success. They decided to stop singing in churches and start to sing in auditoriums and civic centers. Bill was able to quit his job and focus on his music career. They began to organize large praise gatherings, which included music, speakers and seminars.

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