George Beverly Shea
|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal Special Interest Movies|
|Tags:||gospel christian solo traditional baritone sacred merry christmas spirituals under 2000 listeners faith-inspired usa 60s male vocalists grammy nominee grammy winner over 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia|
1 February 1909, Winchester, Ontario, Canada. Born into a religious family (Sheas father was a Wesleyan minister), he first sang in the church choir. Later resident in the USA, where he sang with the Glee Club at Houghton College, New York, he worked in radio and developed a following through his appearances on religious radio broadcasts. In particular, from 1943, Sheas distinctive bass-baritone voice became known to millions worldwide through the many years he spent singing hymns and gospel music as a member of the entourage of evangelist Billy Graham. From radio, Shea moved into television with Graham in 1952, extending his audience still further and winning a 1966 Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance, also being nominated on numerous other occasions.
In addition to the traditional music he sang, Sheas repertoire also includes hymns he had composed, including The Wonder Of It All, Sing Me A...