Gordon Mote

Born: Gadsden, AL

Plays keyboards on the road with Lee Greenwood and works with Porter Wagoner on The Grand Ole' Opry, on the road and in the studio. Gordon works as a studio musician in Nashville and has recorded with Jeff and Sheri Easter, Gaither Vocal Band, The Hoppers, Alan Jackson, Jill King, Kathy Mattea, John Michael Montgomery , The Oak Ridge Boys and many others.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Those words, so eloquently penned by multi-talented singer/songwriter and pianist Gordon Mote, appropriately convey the testimony of an individual whose life is a true reflection of the beauty that can only be seen, looking through the eyes of love. Totally blind from birth, Mote quickly learned to see through his other senses. The Alabama native remembers listening to basketball, football, baseball and any other sporting event that happened to be airing. He admits to closely following the play-by-play of major league baseball, football and basketball, as well as the Alabama Crimson Tide, as each season rolled around. In fact, this avid sports fan confesses, “I think I could say ‘roll Tide’ before I could ever say ‘daddy’.”

 

The joy of sports filled much of Mote’s youthful years; however, even before his attraction to sports, came his attraction to music. On Thanksgiving Day, when Mote was just three years old, he surprised his parents when they heard beautiful piano music and found their young son sitting at the piano, playing “Jesus Loves Me” with both hands.

Recognizing that their son possessed an extremely unique God-given gift, Mote’s parents supported his talent and encouraged his efforts, claiming the promise of Jeremiah 29:11, and believing that their son could excel in whatever he chose to do, as long as he placed Christ at the center of his goals.

Excelling is exactly what he did. Mote was one of the first blind students in the country to mainstream into the public school system. He graduated high school with honors, and served as band captain of his high school’s award winning marching band. Additionally, Mote received many awards and honors in state and regional vocal competitions. While other young people his age were riding bikes or playing ball, Mote was perfecting his musical gifts. He dedicated himself to playing and singing, and on weekends he traveled to churches and any place the opportunity was presented for him to share his music.

Upon graduation from high school, he received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. After three years at JSU, he transferred to Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he graduated with Cum Laude honors and a degree in music.

Two days after graduating from Belmont, Mote was hired as keyboard player and background vocalist for Grammy Award winning recording artist, Lee Greenwood. Joining Greenwood was just the beginning of an illustrious musical career that has afforded Mote the opportunity to share the concert stage with such popular recording artists as Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood and even Porter Wagoner, at the famed Grand Ole Opry.Over the years, Mote has become one of the most accomplished and sought-after recording studio session players in Nashville, TN. He has played on recording sessions for the likes of Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Mark Lowry, the Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, just to name a few.

Recently, much to the delight of industry peers and music fans nationwide, Mote began producing his own recordings. In 2005, his debut recording “If You Could Hear What I See,” received the Dove Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year from the Gospel Music Association. For the past six years, Mote has been nominated as Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, being awarded that honor in 2009. He has also received nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Musician of the Year and Album of the Year from the Southern Gospel News and The Singing News Magazine, claiming the 2008 Musician of the Year Award from SGN.

Since recording his first project, the multi-talented performer has released one half dozen recordings, which have spawned multiple Top 10 releases on Inspirational, Southern Gospel and Country Gospel radio. His debut DVD, “The Best of Gordon Mote,” released in 2008, debuted at Number Seven on Billboard Magazine’s Video Sales Chart, while his “Don’t Let Me Miss The Glory” audio recording debuted at Number 10 on the Magazine’s Christian Album Sales Chart.

Mote’s brand new vocal recording, “I Will Sing,” which follows on the heels of the success of “Don’t Let Me Miss The Glory,” is expected to hit stores nationwide this summer and promises to hold even greater success for the Alabama native. “This recording is fun and at the same time challenging and encouraging. We all go through difficult times, and the songs on this project remind and encourage each of us. I think this album conveys that I don’t have all the answers. I’m right with the listener, just trying to figure things out, totally reliant on a Savior who knows it all. ”

In addition to staying busy in the recording studio with the top names in various musical genres, Mote travels in excess of 100 dates each year, performing solo events throughout the US, Canada and Europe. In addition, the talented recording artists shares the stage with legendary Gospel recording artists Bill Gaither and his multi-Grammy Award winning group, The Gaither Vocal Band in more than 50 cities worldwide.

While it’s quite clear that one of Mote’s greatest joys is performing on stage and in the studio, this talented musician takes his greatest pleasure in serving as husband to wife, Kimberly, and father to three beautiful children, Samantha, Parker and Ashton. Mote first met his wife of 18 years at Belmont University and the two enjoy spending as much time together as Mote’s extremely busy schedule will afford. It’s Kimberly who served as the inspiration for Mote’s popular song, “If They Could See You Through My Eyes,” which appropriately conveys the testimony of this gifted, anointed individual.

While Mote’s journey hasn’t always been easy, it’s most evident, he is consistently basking in the joys of the Lord, and clearly living each day, looking through the eyes of love!

Source: The Official Website of Gordon Mote || Personal Biography

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Video: YouTube - Gordon Mote - Don't Miss The Glory

Video: YouTube - "I Cant Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)" By Gordon Mote

 

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