Steve Green (singer)

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Steve Green
Born (1956-08-01) August 1, 1956 (age 58)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian, inspirational
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals
Years active 1976–present
Labels Sparrow
Associated acts Truth, Gaither Vocal Band, White Heart, Sandi Patty

Steve Green (born August 1, 1956) is a Christian music singer, notable for his vocal range (tenor) and flexible solo style. Over his 35 year career, Green has been honored as a four-time Grammy Award nominee, seven-time Dove Award winner. He has had 13 No. 1 songs, and has sold over three million albums.[1]

Early life[edit]

Green was born in Portland, Oregon to parents, Charles and Jo Green. His parents were Baptist missionaries. He is one of six siblings who spent much of his early life in Argentina, though like two of his siblings, he attended Phoenix Christian High School in the early 1970s when his family was in the U.S. and graduated from there in 1974. At age 18, he enrolled at Grand Canyon University. He intended to major in pre-law, but a professor recognized his musical talent and encouraged him to develop it.[2]


After two years at the university, Green left to travel the world with the group Truth. After his two-year stint with Truth (1976–78). Green married Marijean McCarly, a former member of Truth, and they moved to Alexandria, Indiana to sing backup for the Bill Gaither Trio.[3] In 1980 the Gaither Vocal Band was formed and Steve sang tenor for the first two recordings. In 1982, Steve and Gaither's musicians formed the Christian rock band White Heart, but a difference in ministry vision accompanied by a confrontation with his brother, Randy, led to a spiritual renewal in Steve's life in 1983.[4] He signed a solo contract with Sparrow Records, and his self-titled debut album appeared in 1984. In the same year, he established Steve Green Ministries. In the early part of his solo career, he was known for crescendo-building, high-note endings.

His break out year came in 1985 with the release of He Holds the Keys, which earned Green the Dove Award for Male Vocalist of the Year in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) category. The following year, 1986, saw the release of two recordings, For God And God Alone and a worship/hymns album entitled A Mighty Fortress. In early 1988, he released an album dedicated to his parents called Find Us Faithful. As the 1980s came to an end, many of Green's songs became recognized standards including "People Need the Lord" and "Broken and Spilled Out". He was often considered the male version of Sandi Patty, using many of the same songwriters and styles as well as the traditional ending the song on a (literal) high note. Green also contributed background vocals to Patty's 1986 hit, "Let There Be Praise."

Green was involved with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from the mid-1980s onward. Green was one of the first artists to be involved with Promise Keepers, performing at their inaugural event at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado in July 1993 before 50,000 men. His song "Answer the Call" was inspired by the event and another song, "O Men of God Arise," embodies the Promise Keepers' message.

Green recorded The Mission in 1989 and continued his success with We Believe in 1991. As the early 1990s direction of Christian music changed to a more rock oriented format, Green returned to traditional roots by releasing an album of hymns in 1992. Yet Green switched styles toward a more "pop" flavor on his 1994 "Where Mercy Begins" album. He also received the first of two career boosts due to outside events.

On September 8, 1994, USAir Flight 427 crashed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing all 132 persons on board. One passenger was an up-and-coming Christian singer named Kirk Lynn, who had just re-recorded Green's "As We Sail To Heaven's Shore" from the 1988 Find Us Faithful album. Only a rough cut played at the memorial service for the passengers. Grieving family members were told of Green's original, which boosted album sales for the older recording.

Green's style change continued on his 1996 recording, The Letter. He was also instrumental in attempting to set up an accountability group for fellow Christian artists and friends.

Green changed focus again in 1998 by declaring he would only record songs that honor the Lord - songs that he could be satisfied with should it be his last recording. That coincided with a controversial ruling by the Gospel Music Association known as the "Definition of Gospel Music" that erupted with major disqualifications at the ensuing year's Dove Awards over songs that did not honor the Lord. That year saw the release of The Faithful and 2000 saw the release of a devotional song album entitled Morning Light. Two years later Green released Woven In Time and again found himself receiving a career boost.

Green was a personal friend of Space Shuttle Columbia commander Rick Husband, who was killed along with six others in the February 2003 disintegration during reentry. Green was interviewed by CNN and his song "God Of Wonders" got a boost from the unexpected publicity. He released another album in 2005.

Green's sister is married to Dr. Mark Bailey, president of the evangelical Dallas Theological Seminary, and he helped the seminary celebrate its eightieth anniversary in April 2004. He has also written a thirty-day devotional titled, "The Power of the Cross" and has recorded numerous children's videos and songs.

His bilingual abilities have seen the release of seven Spanish CDs in the United States.

He is married to Marijean Green, whose own vocal qualities complemented her husband's on the song "Household of Faith" on the For God And God Alone album and subsequent appearances.[5] The song has become a staple among Christian wedding duets. They have two children, Summer (born 1981) and Josiah (born 1985).

Green has expanded his musical ministry to include videos and James Dobson's Focus on the Family.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1984: Steve Green (Sparrow Records)
  • 1985: He Holds the Keys (Sparrow)
  • 1986: For God and God Alone (Sparrow)
  • 1987: A Mighty Fortress: A Celebration of Foundational Truths (choral album)
  • 1987: Joy To the World (Christmas album)
  • 1988: Find Us Faithful (Sparrow)
  • 1989: The Mission (Sparrow)
  • 1991: We Believe (Sparrow)
  • 1992: Hymns: A Portrait of Christ (Sparrow)
  • 1994: Where Mercy Begins (Sparrow)
  • 1996: The Letter (Sparrow)
  • 1996: The First Noel (Christmas album)
  • 1998: The Faithful (Sparrow)
  • 1999: Morning Light: Songs To Awaken the Dawn (Sparrow)
  • 2002: Woven in Time (Sparrow)
  • 2005: Somewhere Between (Sparrow)
  • 2007: Always: Songs of Worship (Sparrow)
  • 2010: Love Will Find A Way (Steve Green Ministries)
  • 2012: Rest in the Wonder (Steve Green Ministries)
  • 2012: Christmas (Steve Green Ministries)
  • 2014: Hymns (Steve Green Ministries)

Spanish albums[edit]

  • 1987: Tienen Que Saber (Sparrow)
  • 1990: Toma La Cruz (Sparrow)
  • 1992: Himnos: Un Retrato De Cristo (Sparrow)
  • 1994: ¡En Vivo! (Live album)
  • 1994: 16 Melodías Bíblicas Para Niños (Sparrow)
  • 2004: Yo Iré (Sparrow)
  • 2009: Sólo En Jesús (Steve Green Ministries)

Children's projects[edit]

  • 1990: Hide 'Em In Your Heart: Bible Memory Melodies, Vol. 1 (Sparrow)
  • 1992: Hide 'Em In Your Heart: Bible Memory Melodies, vol. 2 (Sparrow)
  • 1994: 16 Melodías Bíblicas Para Niños (Sparrow)
  • 1996: The Adventures of Prayer Bear Volume 1: Best Friends (Capitol Christian Music Group)
  • 1997: The Adventures of Prayer Bear Volume 2: How to Pray (Capitol Christian Music Group)
  • 1998: The Adventures of Prayer Bear Volume 3: Time to Pray (Capitol Christian Music Group)
  • 1998: Hide 'Em In Your Heart: Praise & Worship for Kids (Sparrow)
  • 2004: The Adventures of Sir Bernard The Good Knight (Sparrow)
  • 2014: Hide the Word: Bible Memory Melodies (Steve Green Ministries)


  • 1994: People Need the Lord (Sparrow)
  • 1996: The Early Years (Sparrow)
  • 2006: The Ultimate Collection (2-discs)
  • 2012: People Need the Lord: Number Ones (Sparrow)

Appearances on other albums[edit]

  • 1977: Not Just a CoincidenceTruth (as member)
  • 1981: Love OverflowingSandi Patty (background vocals)
  • 1981: The New Gaither Vocal BandThe New Gaither Vocal Band (as member)
  • 1982: White HeartWhite Heart (as member)
  • 1982: Passin' the Faith AlongGaither Vocal Band (as member)
  • 1983: More than Wonderful – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1983: We are Called – Steve Fry "Praise Him In the Sanctuary (Medley)"
  • 1984: Songs from the Heart – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1984: The Gift Goes On – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1985: 25 Songs of Christmas, Vol. 2 various artists "O Holy Night"
  • 1986: Morning Like This – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1987: The Father Hath Provided – Larnelle Harris (trio with Larnelle Harris and Sandi Patty on the song Seekers of Your Heart)
  • 1990: Love Overflowing – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1991: More than Wonderful – Sandi Patty (background)
  • 1992: No Compromise: Remembering the Music of Keith Green various artists "Grace by Which I Stand"
  • 1992: The Word: Recapturing the ImaginationMichael Card (background)
  • 1993: New Young Messiah – various artists "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
  • 1993: Coram Deo II – various artists
  • 1994: Saviour: Story of God's Passion for His People (with Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, Wintley Phipps)
  • 1995: Inspirational Homecoming: A Tribute to the Gaither Legacy various artists "I Can See (On the Emmaus Road)"
  • 1995: Christmas Carols of the Young Messiah – various artists "Joy to the World"
  • 1995: Hymns & Voices – various artists "All Creatures of Our God and King"
  • 1995: Wedding Album – various artists "Household of Faith"
  • 1996: Live Worship - Promise Keepers - Promise Keepers "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
  • 1997: Unveiled Hope – Michael Card (background)
  • 1998: Experiencing God – various artists "Calvary Is the Sea"
  • 1998: Almighty God – various artists "Seekers of Your Heart"
  • 1999: If My People Pray – various artists "I Am in God's Hands"
  • 1999: 32 Great Hymns of the Faith - various artists "What Wondrous Love Is This"
  • 1999: Listen to Our Hearts, Vol.2 – various artists "Say the Name"
  • 1999: McCaughey Septuplets: Sweet Dreams – various artists "Goodnight Emily"
  • 2002: Hallelujah!: The Very Best of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • 2010: My Cry Ascends: New Parish Psalms (various artists, Gregory Wilbur, composer)[6]
  • 2011: A Man Like MeWes Hampton; duet on "It Is Well With My Soul"
  • 2012: Larnelle: Live In Nashville!; Three Tenors: "Kings of the Earth" & "It Is Well" with Larnelle Harris and Steve Amerson.
  • 2014: Out On a Limb – Wes Hampton; trio with Hampton & David Phelps on "Echo of You"


  • 1986: God and God Alone VHS: Live In Concert
  • 1991: Hide 'Em In Your Heart: 13 Bible Memory Music Videos for Children of All Ages
  • 1993: Hymns: A Portrait of Christ (Sparrow)
  • 1996: Live Worship - Promise Keepers VHS - Promise Keepers "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
  • 1998: The Faithful
  • 2002: Steve Green: Life Story - The Journey to a Life Message
  • 2008: A Journey of Faith (Live)
  • 2009: Gaither Vocal Band Reunion Vol 1 & 2
  • 2012: Larnelle: Live In Nashville! DVD; Three Tenors- "Kings Of The Earth" & "It Is Well" with Larnelle Harris and Steve Amerson.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About". Steve Green Ministries. Retrieved 19 February 2015. Steve’s music has been honored with four Grammy nominations, 13 No. 1 songs [....] Green has sold over three million albums worldwide. 
  2. ^ "Green set to appear in Benefit Concert". Pella Chronicle. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steve Green". Lubbock Evening Journal. March 23, 1984. 
  4. ^ "Whiteheart". March 20, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ One such appearance of Steve and wife Marijean's duet can be viewed here:
  6. ^ Gregory Wilbur, My Cry Ascends: New Parish Psalms