Truth (American band)

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Truth
OriginMobile, Alabama, United States
GenresContemporary Christian
InstrumentsVoice
Years active1971–2001
LabelsImpact, Paragon, Benson, Integrity, Pamplin

Truth was an American Contemporary Christian group, active from 1971 to 2001. Formed by John Roger Breland, the ensemble's name stands for "Trust, Receive, Unchangeable, True Happiness [in Jesus]".[1] It was initially composed of some 15 members who toured extensively year-round, eventually recording frequently as well. It eventually expanded to 22 members and continued touring regularly for thirty years, dissolving in 2001. In 2000, the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[1]

Beginnings[edit]

The youth choir at Spring Hill Baptist in Mobile, Alabama, grew over the course of two years from 8 youth choir members to 140 members. Fueled by the inspiration the new Christian contemporary music that was sweeping the country Roger began laying the groundwork for a new touring ensemble with vocals, live band with horns. Wanting to name the group something with a distinctive identity that did not sound preachy or worldly, Roger's wife, Linda Breland, suggested Truth. The group hit the road in 1971. Traveling in three station wagons and a truck, the group sang in small churches, colleges, outdoor shopping centers and youth gatherings throughout the Southern United States. They were turned away many times from churches because of their contemporary sound. Many times they would do cover songs written by the Gaithers, including "Get All Excited" and "Because He Lives". They introduced Andrae Crouch's music to the deep south in the early 1970s.

In 1973, Truth performed "The Church Triumphant" to a standing ovation at the annual Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas. This opened doors for Truth all over the country. In 1981 Truth had its first of several number 1 songs with "Jesus Never Fails". In 31 years TRUTH traveled 3 million miles, presented 10,000 concerts in 27 nations. Recorded 61 albums with 400 members during their traveling ministry. The final concert was in Nashville June 16, 2002. The four-hour final concert was attended by hundreds of former Truth members and friends from around the nation. Today Roger Breland continues the Truth sound at The University of Mobile touring with The VOICES of Mobile.

"Jesus Never Fails"[edit]

In 1981, Truth had been on the road for ten years. They had success in the local church but not much on the Christian radio stations but that changed when Roger was brought a song written by Gary Driskell entitled "Jesus Never Fails". The song was sung as a duet with the rest of the group singing back-up, and it appeared on the 1982 album Keeper of My Heart. The song rose to number one on the Contemporary Christian chart. More duets brought to the group also made an appearance on the charts such as "You'll Still Be Lord Of All".

The 1990s[edit]

In 1990, Truth released its third Live album entitled Live. The album was also produced with a VHS tape. The group at the time featured Mark Harris, Andy Chrisman, Marty Magehee and Kirk Sullivan who would later start the group 4HIM [2]

In the 1990s, Roger Breland released a book that tells the story of Truth from the beginning until around 1990. It includes stories behind some of the music of the group, including some of the struggles of keeping Truth on the road, as well as the triumphant times.[3]

40th anniversary tour[edit]

In January 2011, Breland began to assemble a new Truth group to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the group at the prompting of his sons. On July 31, 2011, the TRUTH40, One More Time Tour kicked off at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. This concert was filmed live and sold in a DVD format at the product table on the tour. The tour also included the traditional Christmas Spectacular section from Thanksgiving until December 21, which was to be the final Truth concert, in Dallas, Texas. The tour was extended until April 27, 2012, with The final Truth concert performed at Oak Park Church of God in Mobile, Alabama. The final Truth album, The 40th Anniversary Collection, contains new arrangements of some of the old Truth hits (the most notable and different being "Majesty") as well a couple of medleys and three new Truth songs: "Right Here with You", "Our God Will Come", and "Love So Amazing".

Discography[edit]

  • 1971: Searching (Mark Records)
  • 1972: Get All Excited (Impact Records)
  • 1972: TRUTH (Impact Records)
  • 1973: There's Something in the Air (Impact Records)
  • 1973: Because He Lives (Impact Records)
  • 1973: We Want to Love, We Want to Shine (Impact Records)
  • 1974: That's Worth Everything (Impact Records)
  • 1974: You Don't Know What You're Missing Live double album (Impact Records)
  • 1975: Would You Believe (Impact Records)
  • 1976: Songs that Answer Questions (Impact Records)
  • 1977: Truth on the Road - Live Double Album (Impact Records)
  • 1977: Not Just a Coincidence (Paragon Records)
  • 1978: Now....THIS is Christmas (Paragon Records)
  • 1978: Departure (direct-to-disc) (Paragon Records)
  • 1979: Nothin' But... (Paragon Records)
  • 1979: The Bright Side (Impact Records)
  • 1980: Changin' Directions (Mighty Miracles Music)
  • 1980: Get It from the Source (Paragon Records)
  • 1980: TRUTH Live/SRO (Paragon Records)
  • 1981: Miracles (Mighty Miracles Music)
  • 1982: Keeper Of My Heart ((Paragon Records))
  • 1983: Celebrate the Glory (Paragon Records)
  • 1984: Second to None U.S. Christian No. 18[4]
  • 1984: Aerobic TRUTH (Paragon Records)
  • 1985: Yours & His...JRB (Mighty Miracle Music)
  • 1985: Wind of the Spirit (Paragon Records)
  • 1986: Still the Truth (Benson Records)
  • 1987: Makin' It Matter (Benson Records)
  • 1988: The Mission (Benson)
  • 1988: Now and Forever (Benson Records)
  • 1989: Your Heart Is Where Christmas Is Found (Benson Records)
  • 1990: Keep Believing (Benson Records) U.S. Christian No. 15
  • 1990: Live (Benson Records) U.S. Christian No. 36
  • 1990: How Great Our Joy (Benson Records)
  • 1991: More than You'll Ever Imagine (Benson Records)
  • 1991: Praise (Integrity Music)
  • 1992: Something to Hold On To (Integrity Music) U.S. Christian No. 35
  • 1994: Equation of Love (Integrity Music) U.S. Christian No. 26
  • 1995: You Are Emmanuel (Integrity Music),
  • 1995: TRUTH Sings the Word (Integrity Music),
  • 1996: One (Integrity Music)
  • 1997: Truth: 25th Anniversary (Integrity Music)
  • 1998: Never Be The Same (Pamplin Music)
  • 1999: Not A Silent Night (Pamplin Music)
  • 2000: It's All About Grace (Pamplin Music)
  • 2001: Blessed (Benson/Brentwood Music)
  • 2011: The 40th Anniversary Collection (TRUTH Music)

Members (alphabetical)[edit]

  • Mark Adamy
  • Linda Adler
  • Michael Adler
  • Sherri Albaugh
  • Melody Alvaro
  • Eddie Anders
  • Nancy Anders
  • Jeff Anderson
  • Brad Andrews
  • Kevin Anthony
  • Lonnie Atkinson
  • Diane Ball
  • Rick Ball
  • Steve Ball
  • Jimmy Battle
  • Kristin Bauer
  • Mike Bauer
  • Todd Beaney
  • Everett Beard
  • Cherie Bebout
  • Randy Belt
  • Jennifer Blitch
  • Rick Borrman
  • Christi Bovee
  • Mark Bovee
  • Robert Bowers
  • Steve Bowersox
  • Linda (Dove) Boykin
  • Jason Breland
  • John Breland
  • Roger Breland
  • Barbi Briscoe
  • Rick Briscoe
  • Karen Hynemann Brown
  • Larry Brubaker
  • Dale Brunk
  • Brian Buckner
  • Donna Burk
  • Steve Burks
  • Carla Burleson
  • Jonathan Burleson
  • Matt Butler
  • Deanna Cabaniss
  • Johnny Cabaniss
  • Philip Calder
  • Mel Canales
  • Dana Cappillino
  • Leigh Cappillino
  • Jody Caraway
  • Jonathan Carothers
  • Tim Carpenter
  • Tom Carpenter
  • Buddy Carter
  • Bill Cassily
  • Joy Lagana Chambley
  • Karen Childers
  • Mark Childers
  • Mike Childers
  • Sharon Childers
  • Thomas Childs
  • Andy Chrisman
  • Jacki Chrisman
  • Robyn Christensen
  • Roger Christian
  • Lisa Lee Christina
  • Rick Clark
  • Scott Clark
  • David Cleveland
  • Tammy Cleveland
  • Dianne Cobb
  • Ron Cobb
  • Chip Coburn
  • Tiffany Coburn
  • Lisa Pieper Cochran
  • Josh Cohagen
  • Mike Cole
  • Bill Coleman
  • Ernie Collins
  • Mary Condit
  • Rick Condit
  • Kelly Conklin
  • Matthew Cork
  • David Couch
  • Lanny Cox
  • Dale Crum
  • Alex Cruz
  • Anglea Cruz
  • Rob Davis
  • Russell DeShields
  • Jimmy Dunn
  • Robin Dunn
  • Anne Durant
  • Kevin Durant
  • Ken Ebo
  • Mike Eldred
  • Jeremy Ellis
  • Joe Estes
  • Kenna Estes
  • Marty Estes
  • Glenn Eubanks
  • Sherri (Stanford) Eubanks
  • Anthony Evans
  • Ryan Fabich
  • Karen Fairchild
  • Shari Beeman Falwell
  • Tiffany Farnsworth
  • Bill Farnum
  • Garner Fielding
  • Mary Ann Francois
  • Tim Frantz
  • Ron Freed
  • Alicia (Williamson) Garcia
  • Craig Garrett
  • Sarah Gass
  • Glen George
  • Mike Gerrells
  • Jim Gibson
  • Greg Gillette
  • Jerome Gilmer
  • Steve Gilpin
  • Paul Glasgow
  • Greg Golden
  • Tog Goodson
  • Andrew Goodwin
  • Damon Goude
  • Natalie Grant
  • Staci Grant
  • Steve Grant
  • Marijean Green
  • Steve Green
  • Melissa Greene
  • Bob Gunn
  • Erin Hailey
  • Josh Hailey
  • Gary Hannie
  • Mark Hardy
  • Jodie Harris
  • Mark Harris
  • Vince Harris
  • Larry Harrison
  • Dave Hart
  • Jamie Harvill
  • Travis Heath
  • Mike Hedden
  • Todd Herrbach
  • Carolyn Herzer
  • Roy Herzer
  • Jim Hiigel
  • Liz Dorsey Hill
  • Jim Hockaday
  • Joe Hogue
  • Terri Holland
  • Leigh Anne Hollinger
  • Sarah Holloway
  • Eric Holt
  • KayAnn Hooge
  • Phil Hooge
  • Buddy Hornaday
  • Stace Howard
  • Tyler Howell
  • Julie Hudson
  • Dann Huff
  • Greg Huff
  • Homer Humble
  • Glen Hummel
  • Jason Jackson
  • Dave Jacquin
  • Gordon Jenewein
  • Jan (Holland) Jenkins
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Jordan Johnson
  • Justin Johnson
  • Kendall Johnson
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Tiffany Johnson
  • Lisa White Jones
  • Cheryl (Huey) Jordan
  • Dan Jordan
  • Neal Joseph
  • Jamie Karnes
  • Lori Karnes
  • Tim Kealy
  • Scott Kerns
  • Becky Keith
  • Joni Kerns
  • Matthew Kerrick
  • Benny Key
  • Kathy Kingsmore
  • Richie Kingsmore
  • Aaron Kinssies
  • Rikk Kittleman
  • Fern Strait Knabel
  • Angie Koch
  • Tim Lacey
  • Jan Pace Lamotte
  • Dwayne Larring
  • Phlip Lassiter
  • Lucas Scott Lawrence
  • Travis Laws
  • Paul Lebar
  • Tony LeBron
  • Mary Lee
  • Russ Lee
  • Dan Lilley
  • Traci Lilley
  • Rhonda (Dudley) Lipscomb
  • Chris Lockwood
  • Jana Potter Long
  • Brent Loper
  • John Lunden
  • Bill Lutjens
  • Paul Lynch
  • Greg Maddox
  • Melanie Frazier Madrid
  • Marty Magehee
  • Mike Majett
  • Paul Manning
  • Susie Manning
  • Beverly (Williamson) Mansfield
  • David Mantini
  • Don Marchand
  • Tim Marshall
  • Robbie Mattix
  • Bill Maupin
  • Jody McBrayer
  • Jim McEachern
  • Melissa McLellan
  • Bob McQueen
  • Tracy Thompson McRaea
  • Larry Meregillano
  • Josh Monroe
  • John Morrell
  • Peter Mueller
  • Keith Murray
  • Tony Myles
  • Chuck Newman
  • Kevin Newton
  • Rob Nicewarner
  • Jenee Nichols
  • Todd Nichols
  • Bob Nickerson
  • Lee Noble
  • Kim Noblitt
  • Tim Norris
  • Art Ortiz
  • Dan Oxley
  • Donna Oxley
  • Bo Parker
  • Brad Parsley
  • Gerald Pfister
  • Andy Rea
  • Ken Reich
  • Mike Reynolds
  • George V Richards
  • Rick Schupp
  • Dave Seawel
  • David Shannon
  • Brian Smith
  • Tommy Smith
  • Matt Squires
  • Greg Stone
  • Jon Stricklan
  • Kirk Sullivan
  • Michelle Swift
  • Steven V. Taylor
  • Paul Terrell
  • Mike Thomas
  • Brad Threadgill
  • Scot Trull
  • Dick Tunney
  • Melodie Tunney
  • Gordon Twist
  • Bob Vander Maten
  • Joleen (Ortiz) Vander Maten
  • Gina Angiulli Walker
  • Michael Walker
  • Chad Watson
  • Michael Wells
  • Greg Wiggins
  • Karen Hale Williams
  • Larry Wright
  • Brent Young

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b VandeHoef, Diana Moes. "Truth: Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.crosswalk.com/culture/music/21-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-4him-1235696.html
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Search-Lovely-Moment-Story-Breland/dp/B001LA788A
  4. ^ Charts, Allmusic.com. passim