Squire Parsons

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Squire Parsons
Birth name Squire Enos Parsons, Jr.
Born (1948-04-04) April 4, 1948 (age 66)
Origin Newton, West Virginia, U.S.
Genres Southern gospel
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Pianist
Instruments Vocals
Piano
Years active 1974–Present
Associated acts Bill Gaither
The Kingsmen Quartet
Website SquireParsons.com

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,[1] 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.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 1970, Parsons earned a Bachelor of Science in music from Old Main in Huntington, where he was trained on the piano and bassoon.[2] Following graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Hannan High School in Mason county, West Virginia, and served as music directors of various churches.[3]

During this period he wrote "Sweet Beulah Land", his signature song.

He joined the Kingsmen Quartet as a baritone in 1975 and toured with them for four years before embarking on a solo career.[4]

In 1957 Squire Parsons was ordained as a minister at Highlawn Baptist Church in [|Huntington]], West Virginia 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".

He appeared in the Little Rock Crusade with Billy Graham and performed with the Gaither Homecoming Choir.

He currently performs as the lead singer of The Squire Parsons Trio, and lives in Latonia, North Carolina, with his wife Linda.[5]

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.[6]

Awards[edit]

Parsons was nominated for a Dove Award in 1999 for contributing to tribute album to Dottie Rambo.

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.

He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.[7] He makes public appearances at churches across the country, both large and small.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Sweet Beulah Land (Dawn, 1979)[8]
  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carpenter, Bill. "Squire Parsons: Biography". Yahoo Music Guide. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography". www.squireparsons.com. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Bassonist Turns Baritone". Southern Gospel News. Retrieved May 5, 2007
  4. ^ Bil Carpenter. "Squire Parsons: Biography" Yahoo Music Guide. Retrieved May 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Biography from squireparsons.com. Retrieved May 9, 2007
  6. ^ Squire Parsons. The Songs of the Millennial Collection. Leicester, North Carolina: Beulah Music Company, 2001. p. 2
  7. ^ "Biography" from Squireparsons.com. Retrieved May 5, 2007
  8. ^ Southern Gospel history

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