Russ Taff

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Russ Taff
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Background information
Birth name Russell Taff
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953 (age 61)
Farmersville, California, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian, gospel, southern gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, speaker
Years active 1974–present
Associated acts The Imperials, Gaither Vocal Band
Website RussTaff.com

Russell Taff (born November 11, 1953) is an American gospel singer and songwriter. He has sung a variety of musical styles throughout his career including: pop rock, traditional southern gospel, contemporary country music, and rhythm and blues. He first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials (1977–81). One of his best-known performances is the song "Praise The Lord". He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and occasionally tours with Bill Gaither in the Gaither Homecoming concerts. As a solo artist and songwriter, Taff is known for the 1980s anthem "We Will Stand".

Discography[edit]

Solo albums
Year Album US Christian Record label Record producer(s)
1983 Walls of Glass 5 Myrrh Bill Schnee
1985 Medals 2 Jack Joseph Puig
1987 Russ Taff 2
1989 The Way Home 1 Darrell Brown, James Hollihan, Jr., Taff
1991 Under Their Influence 5 James Hollihan, Jr., Taff
1992 A Christmas Song 6 Sparrow James Hollihan, Jr.
1995 Winds of Change Reprise Hollihan, Randy Scruggs, Taff
1999 Right Here, Right Now Benson James Hollihan, Jr., Taff
2007 Now More Than Ever 41 Spring Hill Hollihan, Barry Jennings, Michael Sykes, Taff
2010 Another Sentimental Christmas James Hollihan, Jr.
2011 Faroe Islands Jákup Zachariassen, Óli Poulsen, Kristoffur Mørkøre
Compilations
  • 1994: We Will Stand (Yesterday & Today) (Myrrh)
  • 2003: The Best of Russ Taff (Spring Hill)
With The Sounds of Joy
  • 1974: YHWH (Shalom Records)
With The Imperials
  • 1977: Sail On (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1978: Imperials Live (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1979: Heed The Call (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1979: One More Song For You (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1980: Priority (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1980: Christmas With The Imperials (Dayspring/Word)
  • 1981: The Very Best of The Imperials (Dayspring/Word) compilation
  • 1986: Old Fashioned Faith (Dayspring/Word) compilation
  • 1996: Legacy 1977–1988 (Word Records) compilation
  • 2006: The Lost Album (Word Records) (originally recorded in 1976)
  • 2006: The Imperials – Classic Hits (New Haven/Provident) compilation
  • 2007: The Definitive Collection (Word/Warner) compilation
With Gaither Vocal Band
  • 2002: Everything Good (SpringHouse/EMI)
  • 2003: A Cappella (SpringHouse/EMI)
Appearances on other albums
  • 1981: For Every Man Steve Camp "Thank You"
  • 1981: Love Overflowing Sandi Patty "The Home Of The Lord"
  • 1983: More than a Feelin' Koinonia (Sparrow) "Give Your Love", "Divina"
  • 1984: Dancing with Danger Leslie Phillips (Myrrh) "Strength of My Life"
  • 1984: The Praise In Us – A Word Family Praise Album Various Artists (Myrrh) "Simple Song For A Mighty God"
  • 1985: The CAUSE (various artists) (Sparrow) "Do Something Now"
  • 1985: Lulu Roman Smith "King of Who I Am"
  • 1985: Sheep In Wolves Clothing Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart (Myrrh) "Gospel Ship"
  • 1988: Phil Keaggy & Sunday's Child Phil Keaggy (Myrrh) "Aint Got No"
  • 1988: Can't Buy a Miracle Randy Stonehill (Word) "Awfully Loud World"
  • 1988: Lead Me OnAmy Grant (A&M)
  • 1989: Our Hymns (Word) "Near The Cross"
  • 1990: Phase II Eddie DeGarmo (Fore Front) "There's Something About That Name"
  • 1990: Stolen MomentsJohn Hiatt (A&M)
  • 1990: Through Flood & Fire – Sparks "Jesus Rescues Me" (Reunion)
  • 1990: Our Christmas (Word) "Silent Night"
  • 1990: Handel's Young Messiah (A&M) "He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd" with Sheila Walsh
  • 1991: For Such a Time as This Sheila Walsh (Star Song) "A Dove Amongst Eagles"
  • 1991: Big TownAshley Cleveland (Atlantic)
  • 1991: Show Me Your Way Glen Campbell (New Haven) "The Greatest Gift of All"
  • 1992: Above And Beyond O'Landa Draper & The Associates (Word) "Wipe A Tear"
  • 1992: Innocent Eyes Tanya Goodman Sykes (Benson) "Who At My Door is Standing?"
  • 1992: No Compromise: Remembering the Music of Keith Green (Sparrow) "Your Love Broke Through"
  • 1992: Did You Think to Pray This Morning? – The Johnson Sisters with Russ Taff (Canaan)
  • 1993: Lead Me NotLari White (RCA)
  • 1993: Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams – various artists (Thirsty Ear/Chaos)
  • 1995: Beyond DecemberFirst Call (Warner Alliance)
  • 1996: Way I ShouldIris DeMent (Warner Bros.)
  • 1997: Fire Down Below original soundtrack (Warner Brothers) "I'd Walk Through Fire"
  • 1997: Misguided RosesEdwin McCain Band (Atlantic)
  • 1998: Alabama SongAllison Moorer (MCA)
  • 1998: The Apostle original soundtrack (Rising Tide) "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down"
  • 1998: JoyMelissa Manchester (Capitol)
  • 1998: Mission 3:16Carman (Sparrow) "People of God"
  • 1998: Totally CommittedJeff Foxworthy (Warner Bros.)
  • 1998: Jesus Saves Greg Long(Myrrh) "Prove That By Me"
  • 1999: Vestal & Friends Vestal Goodman "Giver of Life"
  • 1999: Bridges original soundtrack (Verity) "Raven and the Dove"
  • 2000: Child of the Promise original cast recording (Sparrow) "The Mary I Know", "Mary Recitative", "Zacharias Recitative", "Nothing Ever Happens To A Shepherd"
  • 2000: Hands of Time Anthony Burger (Daywind) "I Wish We'd All Been Ready"
  • 2000: Ordinary Day Jeff and Sheri Easter (Spring Hill) "One Way"
  • 2001: Press OnSelah (Curb)
  • 2001: SupernaturalThe Raphaels (Track Records)
  • 2001: Press On Selah (Curb) "Were You There"
  • 2002: Traveling Light: Songs from the 23rd Psalm (Brentwood) "Let It Flow"
  • 2002: Edge of the World Randy Stonehill (Fair Oaks) "We Were So Young"
  • 2004: Better Days Frank Bradford (Frb Records) "Watergrave"
  • 2005: Hymned No. 1 Bart Millard (of MercyMe) (INO/Epic) "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
  • 2006: Stand Avalon (Sparrow/EMI) "We Will Stand"

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single US Country Album
1983 "We Will Stand" Walls of Glass
1985 "I'm Not Alone" Medals
1995 "Love Is Not a Thing" 53 Winds of Change
"One and Only Love" 51
"Bein' Happy" 66

Video[edit]

Long-form
  • 1982: More Than Music #1 (Word) (originally aired as a TV show in 1981) "I Go to the Rock", "Here We Are" (duet with Amy Grant)
  • 1992: Russ Taff: A Christmas Song (Sparrow)
  • 2001: I Do Believe Gaither Vocal Band "One Way"
  • 2006: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand"
  • 2007: The Best of Russ Taff From the Gaither Homecoming Series
  • 2007: Timeless: Concert of Faith & Inspiration
  • 2009: Gaither Vocal Band Reunion: Vol. 1 "Born Again", "Heartbreak Ridge And New Hope Road", "Knowing You'll Be There"
  • 2009: Gaither Vocal Band Reunion: Vol. 2 "The Really Big News", "When The Rains Come"
Concept Music videos
Year Video Director
1985 "I'm Not Alone"
"Not Gonna Bow"
1989 "Winds Of Change"
"I Cry"
1991 "Life's Railway to Heaven"
1995 "Love Is Not a Thing"[1] Deaton-Flanigen Productions
"One And Only Love"
Gaither Homecoming video performances
  • 1998: Down by the Tabernacle "The Tabernacle", "I Saw The Light"
  • 1998: Rivers of Joy "We Will Stand"
  • 1999: I'll Meet You on the Mountain "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand"
  • 2000: Good News "When He Set Me Free"
  • 2000: Irish Homecoming "Ain't No Grave"
  • 2000: Whispering Hope "O Say, But I'm Glad"
  • 2001: A Billy Graham Music Homecoming, Vol.2 "My Tribute"
  • 2001: London Homecoming "We Will Stand"
  • 2002: Let Freedom Ring "When He Calls I'll Fly Away"
  • 2002: New Orleans Homecoming "Praise The Lord"
  • 2003: Australian Homecoming
  • 2003: Red Rocks Homecoming "They Call It Gospel Music"
  • 2003: Rocky Mountain Homecoming "The Workshop Of The Lord"
  • 2004: Journey to the Sky "Trumpet Of Jesus"
  • 2004: Passin' the Faith Along "Born Again"
  • 2004: We Will Stand "We Will Stand"
  • 2005: Jerusalem Homecoming "Bethlehem, Galilee, Gethsemane"
  • 2006: Canadian Homecoming "More Than Ever"
  • 2006: Live from Toronto "Trumpet Of Jesus"
  • 2006: Christmas in South Africa "Higher Than Mt. Kilimanjaro"
  • 2007: Amazing Grace "Amazing Grace"
  • 2008: Homecoming Picnic "The Sweetest Song I Know"
  • 2009: Joy in My Heart "Jesus Is The Best Thing"
  • 2011: Alaskan Homecoming "Somebody’s Coming", "We Will Stand"
  • 2011: Majesty "I Shall Wear A Crown"

Awards and honors[edit]

Grammys[edit]

With The Imperials
  • 1977 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Sail On
  • 1979 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Heed the Call
  • 1981 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for Priority
Solo
  • 1983 Best Gospel Performance, Male for Walls of Glass
  • 1991 Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album for Under Their Influence

GMA Doves[edit]

As member of The Imperials
  • 1977: Male Group of the Year
  • 1979: Male Group of the Year
  • 1980: Male Group of the Year
  • 1981: Male Group of the Year
  • 1981: Song of the Year – "Praise The Lord"
  • 1981: Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1982: Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1998: Inducted into the GMA's Gospel Music Hall of Fame (with all five original members: Jake Hess, Armond Morales, Gary McSpadden, Sherrill Neilsen & Henry Slaughter, as well as Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andrus, and Jim Murray)
Solo
  • 1984: Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1986: Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for Medals
  • 1989: Rock Album of the Year for Russ Taff
  • 1989: Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for Russ Taff
Nominations with the Gaither Vocal Band
  • 2003: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
  • 2003: Country Album of the Year

See also[edit]

Dove Award for Song of the Year
Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

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