Sweet musical harmonies took center stage at the Gaither Homecoming concert Thursday at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.
Grammy Award-winning Bill Gaither and his Gaither Vocal Band took the audience of about 2,600 people on a musical journey that included time-tested hymns and Southern Gospel favorites of yesteryear, as well as more recent Gospel songs.
The centerpiece of the show was the band's harmonious selections.
With or without instrumental music, this group's harmony took on a life of its own and the band showed its remarkable range with several songs like “Journey to the Sky” and “Jesus on the Main Line.” They needed no music and sang a cappella several times — truly a treat for the ears.
The band features Gaither, comedian and singer-songwriter Mark Lowry, Michael English, David Phelps and the newest addition to the group Wes Hampton. Pianist and singer Gordon Mote accompanied the group on the piano much of the evening, and even performed on the organ during one set. Each member of the band, plus Mote, performed spectacularly, and their solos were amazing.
Phelps' rendition of “Nessun Dorma, (“None Shall Sleep”)” an aria from Puccini's opera “Turandot” was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes and earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.
Phelps sang the Italian lyrics and most of us in the audience had no idea what he was saying, we were moved by the depth of feeling in his voice and his soaring vocals.
Lowry was a crackup, proving why he is a popular comedian as well as singer-songwriter. You could tell the group loves to laugh together and Lowry's jokes and funny stories were hilarious, fitting right in with the evening's fun atmosphere.