Bill Gaither celebrated Bev Shea’s 98th birthday with “Billy Graham’s favorite singer” at the Grove Park Inn to reflect on his life and music. Shea’s infectious humor and commanding presence shine throughout the lively discussion, which includes insights into the inspiration behind his compositions, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “The Wonder of It All.” Vintage performance footage from the past 60 years, including classics such as “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “The Ivory Palaces,” “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” “Jesus Whispers Peace,” showcases Shea singing at Billy Graham Crusades throughout the world. He explains to Gaither how he came to adopt “How Great Thou Art” as his signature song after being handed the song in London in 1957 and singing it every night for 16 straight weeks at Madison Square Garden later that year.
The twosome also pays tribute to the songs of renowned composer, Stuart Hamblin, who was converted at the renowned Graham Los Angeles Crusade.
“George Beverly Shea’s deep, resonant voice has sung hope into the lives of hundreds of millions of people throughout his long and legendary career,” Bill Gaither says. “The integrity and humility that have long characterized this man of God have given a unique credibility to all he stands for. That kind of legacy is nothing short of extraordinary. He’s a rare gem; a true servant of the gospel.”
A one-hour special of Then Sings My Soul will air on more than 15 television networks nationwide the weekend of June 20-22, including GAC, RFD-TV, Gospel Music Channel, TBN and others. Check local listings for date and time.Then Sings My Soul is available on DVD June 24th at retail outlets nationwide or by at www.gaither.com.