Gospel recording artist David Phelps, 44, best known as the tenor in the Grammy Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, is bringing his trademark voice to the Yukon on March 9.
Phelps' “Classic in Concert” tour is coming to the metro through Muse Concerts and sponsored by Feed The Children.
A songwriter and vocal arranger who has recorded and contributed to numerous solo and group projects, Phelps' vocal abilities and his wide vocal range have made him a popular with fans of all ages.
The Yukon concert will highlight many songs from Phelps' most recent album “Classic,” which was released in 2012.
The recording artist recently shared his thoughts about the album and the resulting concert tour:
Q: What can fans expect from your concert?
A: The “Classic” project is just that: songs, in addition to some new songs, that have a classic kind of sound to them. As usual with me, I'm pretty eclectic when we go out. It's everything from sacred pieces like “The Lord's Prayer” to maybe what you might consider traditional pop like “What a Wonderful World” to Puccini's aria “Nessum Dorma (None Shall Sleep).” It's that music plus things that are kind of classic to me like some great songs of our faith like “No More Night” and other things like that. So, musically, it kind of spans the gamut there. We try to go out and have a great time. People are on their feet, clapping and laughing. We create a real family atmosphere.
Q: What inspired you to focus on the classics?
A: The kind of voice that I have, people have always been asking for that kind of project. At Christmas time, I get to sing a lot of the classics, and it has become a very popular thing for me to do, so I just wanted the opportunity to put my voice and my art on these songs. They are just so incredible, and they've stood the test of time. Even though some of them have been around for a lot of years, they are still very moving for people.
Q: I read that this was the first time you and Bill Gaither worked together on a solo project for you. What was that like?
A: It was very, very good. He's definitely a mentor for me, and he considers himself a teacher and I consider myself a student and always have. I think we both kind of stretched a little bit, and hopefully we'll get to do it again. We're already talking about doing another one.