Gospel music legend Bill Gaither has written more than 700 gospel songs such as “Because He Lives” and “He Touched Me.” He has received 8 Grammy Awards and 40 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. And currently, his record label, Gaither Music Group, is the largest independent Christian record label in the world.
Yet, when it comes to the continuing coronavirus crisis, Bill Gaither admits that he is just as confused as the rest of us.
But that’s when he falls back on his faith.
“I may not agree with all of the officials, but at this age, I’m just doing what they tell me to do,” the 84-year-old tells One Country from the kitchen of his longtime Indiana home. “As far as I am concerned, I have a responsibility to not take up a hospital bed because I didn’t abide by the rules. And yes, there are many different opinions on how to tackle this – open it up and let everyone get it or hunker down – but it seems like we are taking the wiser course by listening to wisdom.”
He grows quiet.
“Life probably wont be the same after this, but we are a part of a wonderful country that always seems to come together during times like this.”
And yes, it’s this optimism that Gaither is currently sharing with millions via his new podcast “More Than the Music,” which debuted last month.
“We have an amazing network of people that follow us and that we can connect with instantly through this,” says Gaither. “It’s a place where we can recognize that this is tough, but we will get through this. It’s really, though, about how can we get through this with our sanity and how can we come out of this better than we were.”
Indeed, Gaither does see the world changing before his very eyes, but many of those changes are leading to more people relying on their faith than ever before.
And he thinks that’s a very good thing.
“I think what this is done has got us back to the basics of what’s important,” he explains. “There are two points of life when we get serious – one is when a baby is born and the other is when we are faced with death. Otherwise we are in LaLa Land. This threat has gotten us out of LaLa Land and turning to God once again.”