About the Musicians
Born in the small town of Louisville, Mississippi, by the time he was eight years old, Carl was well on his way to being an accomplished musician, thanks to his father’s influence and a burning desire. For a number of years he worked with Glen Campbell who described Carl as “the greatest banjo player in the world.”
During his year’s with Campbell he started to work on his vocal and songwriting abilities as well as his musicianship. Hundreds of Carl’s songs have been recorded with sales in excess of 40 million units. As a vocalist you can hear him on recordings with practically every big name in the business. His career has seen him receive substantial critical acclaim for his work as a producer. One of Carl’s finest production successes is entitled “Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs of the Louvin Brothers” which was the 2003 Grammy winner for Country Album of the Year. He also has three performances on the album.
In 2013, “Grace Notes” was released. It’s a beautiful collection of hymns played on twelve different guitars. Classics such as “Wayfaring Stranger”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” are performed in his own elegant finger pickin’ style. The recording also includes the story behind each instrument in Carl’s own words.
Carl has been inducted into the Mississippi Musician’s Hall of Fame and has been honored by the state with an official Country Music Trail Marker in his hometown of Louisville.
Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career. The 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Jerry has had over 450 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. To date Jerry’s songs have sold in excess of 15.5 million records worldwide and internationally he has penned no less than seven (7) #1 Country hits in Australia. Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music.
He has written eight (8) #1 Gospel hits, several #2 Gospel hits and over a dozen other top ten/top twenty gospel songs. He is a seven-time Dove Award nominee, having won a prestigious Dove for the 1990 Inspirational Song of the Year “His Strength Is Perfect”, recorded by and co-written with Steven Curtis Chapman.
Showing his bluegrass roots, and with his five-year-old granddaughter gracing the cover, Gospel From My Grassroots (released in October 2015) is Jerry’s first all bluegrass gospel album. It shines with 13 original, heartfelt tunes that range from the energetic, up-tempo song “How High Is That Mountain,” to the finger-snapping a cappella song, “Just Drink The Water.” Jerry breathes new life into these self-penned songs, most of which were previously recorded by bluegrass and gospel greats.
Most recently added to his list of recognition is his 2019 nomination to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Born and raised on a small farm in eastern Kentucky, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame member, Larry Cordle was introduced to bluegrass, country and gospel music at a young age. He recounts, “Mom said I could sing I’ll Fly Away, all the way through when I was two years old!” Larry’s songwriting career was launched in the summer of 1983 when childhood friend, neighbor and musical prodigy, Ricky Skaggs recorded Larry’s song “Highway Forty Blues” which went to #1. His career has seen him garner a number of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association including the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America 2018 Songwriter of the Year and several Grammy nominations. His songs have appeared on projects that have to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records.
In 2016, Cord had to put a hold on his latest all gospel album while he was undergoing chemo for leukemia, but was able to release Give Me Jesus in March 2017. This powerful album received a 2017 IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year nomination for the title track; a traditional tune arranged by Cord.