Larnelle Harris
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Larnelle Harris: then & now

Larnelle Steward Harris, born July 6, 1947, is a gospel singer and songwriter.  During his 30-plus years of ministry, Harris has recorded 18 albums, won five Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards, and has had several number one songs on the inspirational music charts.


"Larnelle is the only person in history to be a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame "

A native of Danville, Kentucky, Harris started playing the piano at the age of nine.  His first formal vocal training came when he attended college at Western Kentucky University, from which he graduated in 1969.  Harris then became a part of the popular gospel touring group The Spurrlows (beginning as drummer).  He received notability for his solo work and as member of the Gaither Vocal Band from 1984 through 1987.

Larnelle is the only person in history to be a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.  Admired by fans and peers alike for his majestic tenor voice, Larnelle has become the epitome of talent and integrity in a career that spans over three decades.  Larnelle has garnered numerous accolades for his music including five Grammy Awards, eleven Dove Awards (three of which were for Male Vocalist of the Year), and a Stellar Award, among other honors. He has garnered nineteen #1 radio singles and countless top 10 hits.  Songs such as "How Excellent Is Thy Name," "I Miss My Time With You," "I've Just Seen Jesus," plus many others, including his signature song, "Amen," are now considered modern classics.

From the White House to the danger zone of the 38th Parallel, Larnelle has impacted audiences across the globe with his music and ministry.  He was the first Christian artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union.  He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council's Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song "Mighty Spirit" as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.

Perhaps Harris' best-known songs are his duets with Sandi Patty, "More than Wonderful" (1984) and "I've Just Seen Jesus" (1986).  His song, "Mighty Spirit" was featured in a 1993 television campaign for the Points of Light Foundation, headed by President George H. W. Bush; he performed the song for Bush and his wife Barbara at the White House.  His recording of "All Along the Way," co-written by Greg Nelson and Dan Schafer, reached the No. 1 spot for five weeks on the CCM Christian Inspirational chart and No. 6 for the top songs of 1998.

Harris has appeared live on television series such as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The 700 Club, several Billy Graham crusades, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  He has appeared on numerous Gaither Homecoming shows, and his own Christmas special. In his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Harris has made many appearances on the WHAS Crusade for Children, a long-running local telethon benefitting children's charities. In 1995, Harris was featured in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness.

Harris continues to tour worldwide, recently singing for a gathering of the United Nations Ambassadors.  In addition to his numerous solo dates, Harris also travels with various tours including the Gaither Homecoming tour and the Sandi Patty & Friends tour.   Additionally, Harris will join the Ralph Carmichael Legacy Tour in 2013 as well as tour with Patty and renowned pianist Dino on "The Big 3" Tour. Harris and Steve Green often tour together and Harris, Green and Steve Amerson recently performed a “Three Tenors” concert at Carnegie Hall.  Wowing crowds with a voice that still soars with both soulfulness and tenderness, Larnelle continues to receive rave reviews for his performances.   CCM Magazine recently described Harris as having a “larger-than-life stage presence with impeccable vocal prowess."

Harris met his wife Cynthia (Mitzi) while both were students at at Western Kentucky University. They have two children Lonnie (Larnelle Jr.) and Teresa.  They have lived in Louisville for more than three decades.  Despite his schedule, Harris serves as a deacon in his home church, and previously served as its treasurer.  Harris is well-known within the gospel music industry for his reluctance to schedule performances that take him away from his family for any length of time.

Albums Include: 1978: Free 1980: Give Me More Love in My Heart 1982: Touch Me Lord 1983: I've Just Seen Jesus 1986: Larnelle...Christmas 1987: From a Servant's Hearts 1987: The Father Hath Provided 1989: I Can Begin Again 1990: Larnelle Live...Psalms Hymns & Spiritual Songs (with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir) 1992: I Choose Joy 1994: Beyond All the Limits 1994: Saviour: The Story of God's Passion for His People (with Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, Wintley Phipps) 1995: Unbelievable Love 1998: First Love 2001: A Story To Tell 2003: Pass The Love 2005: I Want To Be A Star

Albums With Sweet Comfort Band Include: With Sweet Comfort Band 1977: Sweet Comfort (Maranatha Records) 1979: Breaking the Ice (Light Records) 1980: Hold on Tight (Light Records) 1981: Hearts of Fire (Light Records) 1982: Cutting Edge (Light Records) 1984: Perfect Timing (Light Records)

Solo Albums Include: 1985: Have Yourself Committed (Light Records) 1986: Holy Rollin' (Light Records) 1987: Whistlin' In the Dark (Modern Art Records) 1989: Strong Medicine (Myrrh Records) 1990: Anonymous Confessions of a Lunatic Friend (Myrrh Records) 1992: Mercy (Myrrh Records) 1994: Slow Revival (Myrrh Records) 1995: Christmas is Jesus (Myrrh Records) 1996: Quiet Prayers (Myrrh Records) 1996: Blue Skies (Myrrh Records) 1998: The Last Time I Was Here (Myrrh Records) 1999: Love Takes Time: 17 Timeless Classics (Myrrh Records) 2000: Joyride (Diadem Music) 2012: Conversations (Red Road Records)

Albums With The NehoSoul Band Include: 2004: Music City Live (Red Road Records) 2005: A NehoSoul Christmas (Red Road Records) 2009: Still Dancin' (Red Road Records)

Hall of Fame Inductions: 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2008 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame 2007 Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Grammy Awards Include: 1989 Best Gospel Performance, Male for Larnelle...Christmas1988 Best Gospel Performance, Male for The Father Hath Provided 1986 Best Solo Gospel Performance for “How Excellent Is Thy Name”1986 Best Gospel Performance by Duo or Group for “I’ve Just Seen Jesus” with Sandi Patty 1984 Best Gospel Performance by Duo or Group for “More Than Wonderful” with Sandi Patty Dove Awards Include: 1996 Inspirational Album of the Year for Unbelievable Love 1993 Inspirational Album of the Year for Generation 2 Generation 1992 Inspirational Album of the Year for Larnelle Live...Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs 1988 Male Vocalist of the Year 1988 Songwriter of the Year 1988 Inspirational Album of the Year for The Father Hath Provided 1986 Male Vocalist of the Year 1986 Inspirational Album of the Year for I’ve Just Seen Jesus 1983 Inspirational Black Album of the Year for Touch Me Lord 1983 Male Vocalist of the Year 1981 Contemporary Black Gospel Album of the Year for Give Me More Love in My Heart 

GMA Dove Awards Include: 1996: Special Event Album of the Year for My Utmost for His Highest (various artists) 1997: Inspirational Album of the Year for Quiet Prayers (My Utmost for His Highest) 1997: Special Event Album of the Year for Tribute – The Songs of Andrae Crouch (various artists) 1999: Long Form Music Video of the Year for My Utmost for His Highest – The Concert (various artists)

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