Guy Penrod wasted no time beginning his career as a gospel musician.
He grew up in Hobbs, N.M., and recorded his first album there during high school, singing all four parts by himself.
Penrod, one of today’s most in-demand artists in the Christian music genre, will make a stop at the Grange Fair’s Grandstand.
Penrod is well known for his position as the lead singer of a popular worship band, the Gaither Vocal Band. “Worship,” which is arguably their most popular album, included new renditions of hit songs like “Shout to the Lord,” “Revelation Song,” “Victory in Jesus,” “You Never Let Go” and “10,000 Reasons.”
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For Penrod, the album meant more than just success.
“I wanted to record an album that, like my previous ‘Hymns’ recording, contains familiar songs,” Penrod said. “I put the songs in keys that most everyone can sing along with, especially the men, and arranged them with a simplicity that allows everybody to easily join in. ... I am excited to travel across the country and perform these songs as audiences sing along.”
Penrod continued with the Gaither Vocal band from 1994 to 2008, but his success didn’t stop there. In 2011, he became a Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, and he has been inducted alongside the Gaither Vocal Band into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
“Hymns,” Penrod’s acclaimed sophomore release, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart and became the top-selling Southern gospel album of 2012.
In addition these successes, Penrod has appeared on radio’s “The Mike Huckabee Show,” RFD TV’s top-rated “Larry’s Country Diner” and one of North America’s most popular Christian television programs, “100 Huntley Street.”
Although Penrod is highly acclaimed in the gospel world, his popularity isn’t limited to one genre. Country fans applaud his music, too. He has appeared on The Grand Ole Opry and on numerous country recordings.