Ben Speer

Born: Double Springs, AL

Gospel Vocals, Producer Speer Family

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

A member of one of the most visible groups in Southern Gospel Music, Ben Speer traveled and sang with the Speer Family for 62 years.

Though often viewed as the comic of the group, Ben served the family well-as a vocalist, musical arranger, and sometimes as pianist. His unique arrangements kept the Speers at the top of the gospel music industry, often seeking to perfect a new sound while preserving the quality and integrity of Southern Gospel deep in his family's roots.

In 1992, Ben retired from regular road performances, but continued his work in Southern Gospel Music as a record producer and as a music director for the Gaither Homecoming video series.

Source: Ben Speer

 

 

An original member of the renowned Speer Family, Ben Speer is among gospel music’s most treasured living legends. Ben’s father, “Dad” Speer, a singing school teacher and a true perfectionist when it game to proper singing technique, instilled musical excellence and “shaped note” theory into Ben as early as he can remember. He sang with the legendary Speer Family for four decades and participated in more than 75 Speer Family albums until the Speer Family retired in 1998.

In 1950, Ben launched the Ben Speer Music Company, which published such great hits as “WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE,” “I’M STANDING ON THE SOLID ROCK,” “TOURING THAT CITY” and “I’LL WALK THEM GOLDEN STAIRS” which was recorded by Elvis.

As a record producer, he has produced albums by such artists as The Florida Boys, The Speers, Ivan Parker, Anthony Burger, The Weatherfords, and a variety of others, including The Homeland Quartet, of which he is a member.

In 1989, Ben organized the first Ben Speer Stamps-Baxter School of Music, an annual training week for young artists, where he continues to spearhead programs that train new generations of artists in music theory, proper singing technique and other valuable skills that help preserve excellence in gospel music’s rich heritage.

Musical director for countless Homecoming videos and a favorite on the Homecoming stage, this GMA Hall of Fame and Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame inductee still blesses the world with his timeless gift.

Source: Gaither Music » Ben Speer

More info: Speer Family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ben Speer's Stamps Baxter School of Music

Filmography: Ben Speer - IMDb

 

 

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Listen: The Speer Family - Download The Speer Family Music on iTunes

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