Guy Penrod

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Guy Penrod
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Penrod in 2013
Background information
Born (1963-07-02) July 2, 1963 (age 52)
Abilene, Texas
Origin Lynchburg, Virginia
Genres Christian, southern gospel
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Gaither Vocal Band

Guy Penrod is a gospel music singer, who is mostly known for his work as the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, a position he held from 1994 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

Penrod was born in Abilene, Texas and grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico, where his father, Rev. Joe Penrod, was the assistant pastor of Temple Baptist Church. He graduated from Hobbs High School. During his high school years Guy recorded his first album, singing all four parts.


Penrod is a graduate of Liberty University. Starting in the 1980s, he worked as a studio singer, backing up voices such as Carman, Steve Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, James Ingram, and Phillips, Craig & Dean.[1] He was also a member of the Christ Church Choir (as was another future Gaither Vocal Band member, Jonathan Pierce). During his years in the studio, he met Bill Gaither for the first time. He also made regular appearances on TNN's Music City Tonight as a background singer in the mid-1990s.

After accepting the position with the Gaither Vocal Band in 1994, Penrod became internationally known for his powerful vocals and broad singing range. He has performed in Gaither Homecoming concerts all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Africa. In 1998, he performed a duet with the Cathedral Quartet's lead singer Glen Payne on their Farewell Celebration video.

Penrod performed for the grand opening of Jerry Falwell's new Thomas Road Baptist Church new 6,000 seat sanctuary.

His album, The Best of Guy Penrod, reached No. 92 on the Billboard 200 on August 6, 2005.

The Gaither Vocal Band's 2006 release was entitled Give It Away, followed by Lovin' Life in 2008. Penrod would win a Grammy Award for his work on the "Lovin Life" project.

In a press release on January 13, 2009, Bill Gaither announced that Penrod would be leaving the Gaither Vocal Band and starting a solo career.[2]

In August 2009, Penrod released his debut solo album, Breathe Deep, on the Servant Records label. Produced by veteran country music producer and studio musician Brent Rowan, the album consists of positive country music with Christian undertones.

Penrod's sophomore solo album "Hymns" became the top selling gospel album of 2012. Hymns debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart, became the top-selling southern gospel album of 2012, and was also one of the year’s top-selling gospel recordings in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® nationwide. Hymns sold over 100,000 units.

In 2012, Penrod became the new host of Gospel Music Showcase, a popular Daystar Television Network program that focuses on southern gospel music. It can be seen every Saturday at 5:30 pm ET.[3] The show has been awarded an Emmy.

Penrod would win "Soloist of the Year" from the National Quartet Convention in 2013.

Penrod released his third solo project titled "Worship" in May 2014.

In September 2014, Penrod released his first solo Christmas project entitled "Christmas." It became the # 2 album in Cracker Barrel stores with 30,000 units sold, second only to Blake Shelton.

As of early 2015, Penrod remains one of the highest selling and sought after gospel performers within the genre with combined career sales of over 4 million units.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Angie (Clark), have eight children—seven boys and a girl (the youngest). They live on his family farm in Tennessee. All their children are home schooled.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Christian US US Country
The Best of Guy Penrod
  • Release date: July 19, 2005
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
4 92
Breathe Deep
  • Release date: February 23, 2010
  • Label: Spring House
7 108 41
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Label: Spring House
5 85
  • Release date: May 27, 2014
  • Label: Spring House
11 197
  • Release date: September, 2014
  • Label: Spring House
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

With The Gaither Vocal Band[edit]

  • 1995: Southern Classics, Vol. 2
  • 1997: Loving God & Loving Each Other
  • 1998: Still The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • 1999: God Is Good
  • 2000: I Do Believe
  • 2002: Everything Good
  • 2003: A Cappella
  • 2004: The Best Of The GVB
  • 2006: Give It Away
  • 2007: Together, feat. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • 2008: Lovin' Life
  • 2008: Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style
  • 2009: Reunion, Vol. 1 & 2