Gordon Mote, known for his time with the popular Gaither Vocal Band, is bringing his blend of Southern gospel and contemporary Christian music to Oklahoma City.
The singer-songwriter, whose keyboarding skills regularly earn him praise, recently embarked on a solo career. In a recent telephone interview from his Nashville, Tenn., home, Mote, who is blind, said he is grateful for all the Lord has done for him over the years. The recording artist overcame many obstacles, including his blindness, and was playing piano at age 3 without any professional training. His latest album, “All Things New” (New Haven Records), features vocal collaborations with several recording artists, including the Gaither Vocal Band, Darius Rucker, Matthew West, Trace Adkins and Scotty McCreery.
Mote said he is looking forward to visiting Oklahoma City as part of “An Evening with David Jeremiah” on Nov. 14. The gospel presentation by Bible teacher, author and televangelist Jeremiah will feature music by Mote and Marshall Hall, who is worship leader at Jeremiah's El Cajon, Calif., church.
Mote discussed his album, his solo journey and touring with Jeremiah in the recent interview.
Q: What is it like to be part of “An Evening With David Jeremiah”?
A: I've been to his church four or five times and performed in concert there. I've also been there with the Gaither band. We recently had our first rally with him in Jacksonville, Fla. We had over 6,000 people — it was fantastic. There is a lot of music and, of course, he will bring an encouraging message. It's a great night. People really seem to enjoy it, and the great thing about it is it is free. You have to have a ticket because they like to know how many are coming, but it is free.
Q: Why did you name your latest album “All Things New”? I know that it is the name of one of the songs. Do you consider it the theme of the album?
A: We were kind of throwing around the song idea and I said wouldn't it be cool to call the record “All Things New,” because this is kind of a new season in my life being a solo artist. I've been doing solo dates for these six years, seven years really, but I've also been doing the Gaither tours. Now I'm totally on my own. It is a new season in our lives and in our ministry. The other thought was every day is a new day. We may have had a bad day yesterday or we might have failed or we may have done something that we regret, but everyday is a new day. We get new chances so I wanted to go with the theme “All things New.”