Saturdays / 7 PM on WKNO

  From the producers of He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, this series combines classic gospel music performances from over two decades of live Gaither Homecoming Gospel Concerts. This series features the harmony and spirit of Southern gospel music as sung by the pioneering and contemporary greats of this distinctly American musical genre.

Classic Gospel is produced by Gaither Television Productions – the same people who brought public television viewers He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, ELVIS LIVES: The 25th Anniversary Concert, and The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash. This popular series features the pioneering and contemporary greats of this distinctly American music genre. It is being distributed nationally to public television stations by WKNO/Memphis through NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association).

“Public television is doing a wonderful thing,” said Bill Gaither. “These viewer-supported stations have been airing meaningful television programming for decades now. What an honor it is that Gaither Homecoming programs are now part of the weekly line-up on so many public television stations.”

Episode Descriptions:

#1213 – A Tribute to George Younce
Sat, 10/14 at 7:00 PM on WKNO
Sun, 10/15 at 6:00 PM On WKNO2

An unforgettable look at one of gospel music's most influential personalities; a voice that made a difference in the lives of countless individuals across the globe. This intimate video retrospective hosted by Bill Gaither offers never-before-seen footage of conversations with George Younce, footage of his last public appearance, personal remembrances shared by Bill and Gloria Gaither and Janet Paschal, plus a rich treasury of performances by George and the Cathedrals. Hilarious, moving and inspirational all at once, this collection of wonderful memories celebrates a life well-lived... a man who always came out singing.

#1101 – Jimmy Fortune Hits & Hymns
Sat, 10/21 at 7:00 PM on WKNO
Sun, 10/22 at 6:00 PM On WKNO2

One of the most recognizable tenor voices in country and gospel music, Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune performs some of his most celebrated hits and favorite hymns. The program features an up-close-and-personal interview with Bill Gaither as well as concert performances. Jimmy shares moving stories while showcasing the beloved vocals and heartwarming styles that have made him a musical legend and an American treasure.

#1102 – CCM United: We Will Stand
Sat, 10/28 at 7:00 PM on WKNO
Sun, 10/29 at 6:00 PM On WKNO2

Experience the concert of a lifetime celebrating 40 years of contemporary Christian music. Thirty acclaimed artists including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandi Patty, Larnell Harris, The Imperials, Newsboys, 4Him, Nicole C. Mullen and more reunited for a special evening of group numbers and individual performances.

#1103 – David Phelps: Freedom
Sat, 11/4 at 7:00 PM on WKNO
Sun, 11/12 at 6:00 PM On WKNO2

GRAMMY nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps showcases his award-winning voice and three-octave range. Featuring unique arrangements of cherished gospel classics such as "We Shall Behold Him" and "Ain't No Grave" David welcomes guests Bill Gaither and Charlotte Ritchie. This program was taped at David's barn on his farm near Nashville.

#1104 – Guy Penrod Live: Hymns & Worship
Sat, 11/11 at 7:00 PM on WKNO
Sun, 11/19 at 6:00 PM On WKNO2

Known and loved for his heartfelt, country gospel style and powerhouse vocals, this former Gaither Vocal Band member performs a collection of popular hymns and worship songs, including "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Shout To The Lord" and more. This program showcases the talent and charisma that have made Guy a fan favorite in the gospel and country music formats.

#1105 – Joey + Rory: Hymns That Are Important
Sat, 11/18 at 7:00 PM on WKNO

One of country music's most loved duos performs some of their all-time favorite hymns, including "How Great Thou Art", "He Touched Me", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "I surrender All". This program showcases the authenticity and rich vocals of Joey+Rory. Hosted by Bill Gaither on the couple's Tennessee farm.

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