David Phelps “It Must Be Christmas” tour comes to Joplin

Tenor David Phelps

David Phelps will perform for the 2nd time in the past three years on Sunday December 15, 2019 as part of the Connnect2Culture’s Curtains Up Series. Phelps is well known as christian signer-songwriter having released his first solo album in 1994. Three years later he would become a member of the Gaither Vocal Band that would include two stints with the group, from 1997-2005, and 2009-2017. During his time as a member of the GVB they would earn three Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Album of the Year in both 2010 and 2011 and again in 2013.

David Phelps talks touring solo

During his career Phelps has traveled and performed extensively throughout the US and continued to produce new albums both as a member of the GVB and independently. His latest, the 2018 release “It Must Be Christmas” is his 13th was a co-production of Bill Gaither and Phelps. He says that touring on his own has provided him freedom as an artist but it also comes with added responsibility.

Do you think of Tony Bennett when you see Phelps on stage? That’s no accident
David Phelps

When you watch Phelps perform on stage he has an authoritative nature while also being apart of the group. There is also a connection between him and the audience and while he has built an award winning career as a christian signer-song writer when asked about which artists have influenced him the most he points to everyone from Tony Bennett and Luciano Pavarotti to rock bands like Journey and Queen. Saying that he is a blend of all of the groups and individual singers that he grew up watching and listening to.

Phelps spent 14-years during his two-stints performing as a tenor of the Gaither Vocal Band starting in 1997. Winning three Dove awards as apart of the group which was also nominated for Grammy awards on four separate occasions, but never winning. He compared traveling with the GVB as a role that he “could step-in and out of ” saying that he played one part of the overall group. Today, out on his own Phelps revels in the fact that he stands in the center of his own career, calling the shots with his family on tour with him firmly in control of the prominent career he also envisioned for himself.

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