Reba Rambo McGuire

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Reba Rambo McGuire
Birth name Reba Faye Rambo
Also known as Reba Rambo, Reba Rambo Gardner
Born (1951-10-17) October 17, 1951 (age 67)
Dawson Springs, Kentucky, U.S.
Genres Christian, southern gospel, contemporary Christian
Years active 1965–present
Labels Heart Warming, Impact, Light, Benson
Associated acts The Rambos, Andraé Crouch, Dony McGuire

Reba Rambo McGuire (born October 17, 1951) is an American Christian singer and songwriter. She is a Grammy and Dove Award winner.


McGuire attended Hebron Elementary School in Hebron, Ohio and graduated from Dawson Springs High School in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. She said in an interview in 1971 that she never had formal training in music: "All I know was taught to me by Mom and Daddy."[1]

At the age of 12, McGuire started singing with her father and mother, Buck and Dottie Rambo, as the Southern gospel family group, The Singing Rambos, which was later shortened to The Rambos. As a teenager, she began her career as a solo artist in contemporary Christian music, becoming one of the innovators of this unique genre of music which merged Christian lyrics with modern styles of music. She toured with Andraé Crouch and the Disciples and sang at the Explo '72 festival (a kind of "Christian Woodstock").[2]

In 1976, McGuire won a Dove award for Contemporary Album of the Year for her album Lady,[3] which featured the song "The Land Of Oohs and Ahs", using imagery from the Wizard of Oz to depict heaven and the spiritual life. The album also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational.[4] Lady established McGuire as the premier "adult contemporary singer" in Christian music. Her powerful voice could easily be compared to Barbra Streisand and was in the 1970s what Sandi Patty would be in the 1980s.[2] John Styll of CCM Magazine called her "one of the best singers I've ever heard."[2]

In the late 1970s, McGuire was known as Reba Rambo-Gardner, because at the time she was married to Landy Gardner. After marrying Dony McGuire in 1980, they formed the duo known as Rambo McGuire. The following year they collaborated in writing a concept album, The Lord's Prayer, which won a Grammy award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational,[5] and a Dove award for Worship Album of the Year. The project featured Reba and Dony along with Andrae Crouch, B.J. Thomas, Cynthia Clawson, Walter Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins and The Archers. All of the featured artists of The Lord's Prayer performed on the Grammy Awards show in 1982. Later, Donna Summer recorded "Forgive Me", a song from The Lord's Prayer and received a Grammy award for her performance. The McGuires have written numerous songs for other artists, including Debby Boone, The Bill Gaither Trio, The Archers, Sandi Patty, David and Nicole Binion and Dave Boyer. Their song, "A Perfect Heart", became a number one Christian radio hit for The Bill Gaither Trio.

Today, the McGuires continue to sing and minister the Gospel while pastoring The River At Music City, a church in the Bellevue community of Nashville, TN.[6] They have three children, Dionne, Destiny, and Israel.


With The Singing Rambos[edit]

  • 1965: Gospel Echoes "Those Singing Rambos" (Introducing Buck and Dottie's Daughter, Reba) (Heart Warming)
  • 1965: Presenting the Singing Rambos (Heart Warming)
  • 1966: Come Spring (Heart Warming)
  • 1967: Gospel Ballads (Heart Warming)
  • 1968: The Soul Singing Rambos (Heart Warming)
  • 1969: This is my Valley (Heart Warming)
  • 1969: If That Isn't Love (Vista)
  • 1970: An Evening with the Singing Rambos (Heart Warming)
  • 1970: Live (Heart Warming)
  • 1970: The Real Thing (Heart Warming)
  • 1971: Soul Classics (Heart Warming)
  • 1971: Songs of Love and Hope (Vista)
  • 1971: Reflections (Heart Warming)
  • 1972: Buck Dottie and Reba (Vista)
  • 1972: Soul in the Family (Heart Warming)
  • 1973: Sing Me on Home (Heart Warming)
  • 1973: Sonshine (Heart Warming)
  • 1973: Spotlighting the Rambos (Vista)
  • 1973: Too Much to Gain to Lose (Vista)
  • 1973: Belief (Vista)
  • 1974: Softly and Tenderly re-issued in 1994 as Mama's Favorite Hymns (World Of Rambo)
  • 1974: Alive… And Live at Soul's Harbor (Heart Warming)
  • 1974: Yours Until He Comes (Heart Warming)
  • 1975: There Has to be a Song (Heart Warming)
  • 1975: These Three are One (Heart Warming)
  • 1975: Christmas at Our House (compilation) "Oh Holy Night" (Impact)
  • 1976: Rambo Country (Heart Warming)
  • 1976: The Son is Shining (Heart Warming)
  • 1977: Naturally (Heart Warming)
  • 1978: Queen Of Paradise (Heart Warming)
  • 1979: Silver Jubilee (Heart Warming)
  • 1979: Crossin' Over (Heart Warming)
  • 1981: Rambo Reunion (Heart Warming)
  • 1992: Lost Recordings of The Rambos/Gospel Echoes (Heart Warming)

Solo recordings[edit]

  • 1968: On the Folk Side of Gospel (Heart Warming)
  • 1969: Reality (Impact)
  • 1971: Songs My Mama Taught Me (Impact)
  • 1972: Resurrection (Impact)
  • 1976: Lady (Greentree)
  • 1978: The Lady is a Child (Greentree)
  • 1979: The Prodigal... According to Reba (Greentree)
  • 1980: Dreamin' (Greentree)
  • 1980: Confessions (Light)
  • 1981: Remembering (Greentree) (compilation recording)
  • 1982: Lady Live (Light)
  • 2011: The Lady's Treasury (Rambo McGuire Records)


  • 1980: The Lord's Prayer (Light)
  • 1982: Messiah Bright Morning Star (Light)
  • 1984: Special Moments from The Bride (Impact)
  • 1986: Plain and Simple Truth (Benson)
  • 1987: Enlistment (Benson)
  • 1990: Mission Possible (RMR)
  • 1992: Live in the Combat Zone (RMR)
  • 1992: Come on and Walk on the Water (single) (RMR)
  • 1993: Suddenly (Word)
  • 1994: The Noteworthy Collection, Volumes 1 and 2 (RMR)
  • 1998: Praise & Worship Celebrating The River (RMR)
  • 1999: Praise & Worship Holiness of God (RMR)
  • 2000: Rambo McGuire Family Christmas (RMR)
  • 2011: The Noteworthy Collection Volumes 1 & 2 (Rambo McGuire Records)
  • 2011: Grassroots Rambos – Remembering The Rambos (Rambo McGuire Records)
  • 2014: Rambo Classics (Rambo McGuire Records)
  • 2016: Rambo Classics (StowTown Records)

Appearances on other recordings[edit]

  • 1970: Charity's Children
  • 1978: Unreleased Covers – Donnie Gossett
  • 1979: On This Christmas Night (MCA Songbird) "The Whole World Is Colored with Love"
  • 1981: Looking Forward – Bob Bailey (Triangle) "I'm Looking Forward"
  • 1981: Dony McGuire: The Writer, The Singer - Inspiration (Lexicon) --Dony McGuire
  • 2000: Bigger Than Life – Donnie Gossett and Friends (Zilla Media) "Best Friend"
  • 2003: The Sound of Heaven – David and Nicole Binion (SOH)
  • 2004: Holding On to Faith" – Karen Harding (Daywind) "Because Of Whose I Am"
  • 2004: We Have Overcome – Christ Tabernacle Choir (Vital) "What You Say Is What You Get"
  • 2005: Remembering the Greats (Daywind) "I've Never Been This Homesick Before", "Because Of Whose I Am"
  • 2005: Supernatural – Jeff Ferguson (Jeff Ferguson Music) (title song)
  • 2006: When Heaven Kisses Earth – David & Nicole Binion (SOH) "Pray For Rain Medley"
  • 2008: The Beginnings Concert – Jesus Music Reunion "Never Ending Love", "Land of Oohs and Aahs", "Supernatural"

Background vocals[edit]

  • 1978: Love Letters – Dottie Rambo (Heart Warming)
  • 1978: Songtailor – Tim Sheppard (Greentree)
  • 1981: Inspiration – Dony McGuire
  • 1981: My Own Place – Dottie Rambo (Heart Warming)
  • 1983: Son of Thunder, Daughter of Light – Buck and Dottie Rambo (Light) (re-issued as Dottie Rambo Oil and the Wine in 1994)
  • 1983: Walls of GlassRuss Taff (Myrrh) "Unto the Lamb"
  • 1983: SurrenderDebby Boone (Lamb & Lion)
  • 1984: Destined for the Throne – Buck and Dottie Rambo (Impact)
  • 1986: Reaching Around the World – Buck and Dottie Rambo (Benson)
  • 1987: The Legend Continues – Buck and Dottie Rambo (Benson)
  • 1997: Earthsuit – Headless Clown (EP)
  • 2008: Treasure – Janet Paschal (Vine Records)


  • 1993: A Christmas HomecomingGaither Homecoming (Star Song)
  • 2003: We Shall Behold Him – A Tribute to Dottie Rambo (Total Living Network)
  • 2005: Remembering the Greats (Daywind); "I've Never Been This Homesick Before", "Because Of Whose I Am"
  • 2008: The Beginnings Concert – Jesus Music Reunion; "Never Ending Love", "Land of Oohs and Aahs", "Supernatural"


  1. ^ "Former Hebron girl may pursue solo career". The Newark Advocate. Ohio, Newark. 15 July 1971. p. 6. Retrieved December 10, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c "Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music". Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  3. ^ "("Reba Rambo" search results)". GMA Dove Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Rita Rambo Gardner". Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Reba Rambo". Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ "The River At Music City". The River At Music City. Retrieved 2013-11-11.

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