Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gaither Homecoming Concert

I spent last Friday night at an incredible Gaither Homecoming concert - it was absolutely amazing! I am a huge Southern Gospel fan - this was definitely a dream of mine to FINALLY to be able to attend one of these concerts! I had a blast browsing through the booths of all the artists (and buying many fun things), and tapping my feet and clapping my hands to all the wonderful songs!

Plans changed Friday when Dad (who was supposed to go with me) wasn't feel good - soooo, Deanna came with me! I felt super bad that Dad couldn't come, but Deanna and I had a great time.

Ready to head to the concert in Des Moines

Waiting to get inside the arena

We headed right to the Ernie Haase & Signature Sound booth - they are my favorite! I thought they were great on CD - they are ten times better in concert! Ernie wasn't at the booth, but I got my picture with Doug and Ryan!!


The Collingsworth Family - they were fantastic! I bought one of their CDs and it has been playing non-stop!

Ben Speer

Janet Paschal!! She is so good (and my dad's favorite!)!


Lynda Randall

The Gaither Vocal Band - these guys are incredible!! Even though I was extremely disappointed when I found out Guy Penrod wasn't in the band anymore, this group (consisting of David Phelps, Mark Lowry, Wes Hampton, Michael English, and Bill Gaither) was great!

During intermission, I got Janet Paschal's book for my dad and had her sign it!! Since she is my dad's favorite, I had her sign it to him - I also told her about him being sick and not being able to be there, so she wrote "hope you're feeling better"! He was tickled!

With David Phelps!

With Ernie Haase!!!!!

The Vocal Band and Signature Sound singing together

This is without zooming in on my camera - that's how close we were! We had fantastic seats!

Tim Duncan

The Collingsworth girls playing their fiddles on "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus"

I bought this shirt!! Isn't it neat??

I took quite a bit of video on my camera but it didn't turn out very well - I was really disappointed about that.

It was an amazing experience! I loved every minute of it - these groups are just so incredible and anointed by God! I just love the rich harmonies - especially on the Gaither Vocal Band - David Phelps and Wes Hampton are really incredible! I think I had goosebumps the whole concert! =)

Hope you enjoyed these pictures!


Rebekah said...

Oh, how FUN!!!!!!!! Reminds us of the two concerts we've been to.....so glad you had such a wonderful time!!
With love from the fellow SoGospel groupies~
Rebekah and Sarah

Phil said...

WOW, that looks like a lot of fun! Hope your dad feels better soon!

Megan said...

My mum just went to that concert in Grand Forks. How cool. Im rather jealous that you got to go.

Martha said...

Hey I saw the link for this on Gaither Community...it looks like you had a ball! :D I'm just a little bit younger then you are, and also homeschooled. I love the title of your blog: "Dare to be Different". Thanks for sharing...
~martha (you can look me up on gaither community if you're on there...)

Kenna said...

Wow Tori! Looks like you had a FUN time! Hope you're dad feels better soon!
Did you get your hair cut? It's cute. :)

Sarah said...

Hey Tori,

I just realized that I think Janet Paschal was wearing that same outfit when we saw them in Pensacola a year ago this past April! How fun is that?! :-)

Looks like you had a blast!


skittles said...

Sounds like you had fun!!!! I didn't know mrak Lowry was still in theband.

skittles said...

..sorry i meant mark..ha-ha

Kenna said...

To: skittles;
Yes, they have brought Mark Lowry back into the GVB. They have almost all new people (actually I think they've all sang with GVB at sometime in their life). There's Bill Gaither, Mark Lowry, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, & Michael English. Guy Penrod left GVB. He's doing some solo concerts I think and so is Marshall Hall.

Under Southern Skies said...

It looks like you both had fun! BTW, I like your new header, Tori. :)

Tori said...

Yes, I did get my hair cut. =)

Bea's World said...

Fun! I went to one of those in our area. . . . it was awesome. . . . Love Janet Paschal and Lynad Randal was super sweet =)

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Great blog! Keep up the good work!

the W. family said...

My sister found your blog this afternoon and we enjoyed seeing pictures of your trip to the Gaither concert. It sounds like it was a fun time!! Someday we'd like to go to one of the Homecoming Concerts too. Thanks for sharing pictures.:)
~Alyssa W.

Lacey said...

Hey Tori! It's been forever since I've commented on people's blogs!! That's so fun that you were able to go to a Gaither concert! I'm sure you were thrilled!