|Birth name||Squire Enos Parsons, Jr.|
|Born||April 4, 1948|
|Origin||Newton, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Bill Gaither
The Kingsmen Quartet
Squire Enos Parsons, Jr. (born April 4, 1948), is a Southern Gospel singer and songwriter. He was born in Newton, West Virginia, to Squire and Maysel Parsons, and was introduced to music by his father, who was a choir director and deacon at Newton Baptist Church. Squire's father taught him to sing using shaped notes.
In 1970, Parsons earned a Bachelor of Science in music from Old Main in Montgomery, where he was trained on the piano and bassoon. Following graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Hannan High School in Mason county, West Virginia, and served as music directors of various churches.
During this period he wrote "Sweet Beulah Land", his signature song.
In 1957 Squire Parsons was ordained as a minister at Highlawn Baptist Church in [|Huntington]], West Virginia. He has written more than eight hundred Southern Gospel songs, with nearly five hundred being published and recorded.
Among his most popular compositions are "The Master of the Sea", "Walk On", "He Came to Me", "I Call it Home", "I Sing Because", "I'm Not Giving Up" and "Sweet Beulah Land".
His songs have been recorded by Brian Free, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Ivan Parker, Kingdom Heirs, the Blackwood Brothers, The Cathedrals, The Florida Boys, The Greenes, The Hoppers, The Kingsmen, The McKameys, Statesmen, The Sugar Creek Quartet, among others.
He has won the Singing News Fan Award for favorite male singer in 1988. He won a Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Songwriter in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. He won the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Baritone in 1986 and 1987.
"Sweet Beulah Land" won the Singing News Fan Awards for song of the year in 1981.
- Sweet Beulah Land (Dawn, 1979)
- Heavenly Country (1990)
- Christmas at Calvary: Christmas With Squire Parsons (1991)
- One Voice in the Wilderness (1992)
- High Country (1993)
- The Horizon Collection: Volume I (1993)
- 20 Favorites (1995)
- Dancing Shoes (1995)
- Come Let Us Worship
- He Found Me (1999)
- Silver Anniversary Collection (1999)
- Southern Gospel Soloists (1999)
- We Shall Get Home (2000)
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- Southern Gospel history