Russ Taff

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Russ Taff
Taff at the Christian Music Hall of Fame inductions, 2008
Taff at the Christian Music Hall of Fame inductions, 2008
Background information
Birth nameRussell D Taff
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953 (age 67)
GenresContemporary Christian, gospel, Southern gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, speaker
Years active1974–present
Associated actsSounds of Joy, the Imperials, Gaither Vocal Band

Russell Taff (born November 11, 1953) is an American gospel singer and songwriter who grew up in Farmersville, California.[1] 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 (1976–81).[2] 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".[3] Taff has received various Dove and Grammy awards either as a solo artist or part of a larger musical group, most notably the Imperials.[1]


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
2018 Believe Sweetwater Studios Phil Naish, Mark Hornsby


  • 1994: We Will Stand (Yesterday & Today) (Myrrh)
  • 2003: The Best of Russ Taff (Spring Hill)

With the Sounds of Joy

  • 1974: YHWH (Shalom Records)
  • 1975: Sharin' (JoySong 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

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



  • 1982: More Than Music No. 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)
  • 2002: 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"[4] 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]


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


  • 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)


  • 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
  • 2016: Inducted into the GMA's Gospel Music Hall of Fame

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


  1. ^ a b Powell, Mark (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (Second ed.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers Inc. pp. 913–915. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 386. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  3. ^ "Christian Music Directories". October 6, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Russ Taff : Love Is Not A Thing". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.


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