Artist's Biography

Larnelle Harris

Tuned in concert... June 29th 2014...Lakeland, Florida

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 is Larnelle Harris. 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.  

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.” 


2014    Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction as former member of Gaither Vocal Band
2011    Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
2008    Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
 2007    Gospel Music Hall of Fame

1989     Best Gospel Performance, Male for Larnelle...Christmas
 1988     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

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 

#1 Hit Radio Singles

Blessing and Honor
 All Along The Way
 Walkin' With My Lord
 I Don't Know Why You Love Me
 Beyond All The Limits
 Take The Time
 Open Door
 I Can Begin Again
 Childlike Faith
 I Choose Joy
 When Praise Demands A Sacrifice
 In It After All
 I Miss My Time With You
 He Loved Me With A Cross
 There Stands The Cost
 Everything You Are
 Didn't You Know
 The Father Hath Provided
 I've Just Seen Jesus

Other Accolades:

 2008     Honorary Doctorate from Alma Mater, Western Kentucky University
 2005     Soul 2 Soul Radio Award
 1991     Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service presented by the Ad Council
 1989     Cashbox Magazine Award for Contemporary Gospel Single of the Year for “I Can Begin Again”
1988     Stellar Award, Best Solo Performance by Male Contemporary for The Father Hath Provided
 1987     Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Black Artist
 1986     Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Black Artist
 1986     Gospel Music News People’s Choice Award for Favorite Black Artist
 1985     Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Black Artist
 1981     Religion In Media Award

Career Achievements:


Larnelle sang for a special Easter gathering of the United Nations Ambassadors in April 2012. 

In 2004, Larnelle performed for U.S. troops stationed at the 38th Parallel between North and South Korea. 

Larnelle was the guest performer for the Armed Forces Chaplains Conference held in March 2002, and for the Service of Remembrance at the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on September 11, 2002.  

Larnelle’s self-penned song, “The Other Woman,” about his daughter Teresa is featured on the My Child compilation CD from radio host Delilah whose show is heard by over eight million listeners every day.

 Featured performer at the 2000 Vice Presidential debate held at Centre College in Larnelle’s hometown of Danville, Kentucky.

 Larnelle’s song, “Mighty Spirit” from his 1989 release I Can Begin Again was featured on the broadcast public service announcement (PSA) for the Points of Light Foundation.  Larnelle performed the song for former President & Mrs. Bush at the White House in 1992.  The PSA became the longest running of its kind in television history.

Larnelle has been given two Honorary Doctorate of Music Degrees, one from his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, in 2008. The second came from  Campbellsville University located in Campbellsville,  Kentucky. 

 Featured on CNN’s live broadcast of the 17th Annual Easter Service held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

 Performed for National Caring Institute Awards ceremony at Senate Hall in Washington, DC.  

 Featured artist as part of the history-making Moscow Project, sponsored by the International Bible Society and Youth For Christ.  The project, which distributed 4 million Russian New Testaments, culminated in the first gospel concert inside the Kremlin following the 1991 attempted coup.

 Featured vocalist on the title cut for the movie, Born Again, the life story of Chuck Colson.

 National and international television appearances including Live With Regis & Kathie Lee; Music City Tonight with Crook & Chase on TNN; 700 Club; Good Morning South Africa; Billy Graham Crusades; World Vision TV Special; Hour Of Power; Larnelle Christmas Special.


2012      Larnelle Live in Nashville (DVD/CD)
2005      I Want To Be A Star (produced by Kent Hooper for Discovery House Music)
 2002      The American Spirit (compilation)
 2002      Comfort In The Midst (compilation)
 2002      Pass The Love (Produced by David Byerley & Michael Omartian, Crowne Music)
 2000      A Story To Tell-Hymns & Praises (Produced by Lari Goss, Diadem Records)
 1998      First Love (Produced by Greg Nelson, Brentwood Records)
 1995      Unbelievable Love (Produced by Lari Goss, Robert White Johnson, Bill Cuomo)**
 1994      Beyond All The Limits (Produced by Robert White Johnson, Bill Cuomo, Joe Hogue, Michael Powell)**
 1992      I Choose Joy (Produced by Joe Hogue and Lari Goss)**
 1991      The Best of 10 Years 1 & 2**
 1990      Larnelle Live...Psalms Hymns & Spiritual Songs  (Produced by Lari Goss)**
 1989      I Can Begin Again (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
 1988      Larnelle Christmas (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
 1987       The Father Hath Provided (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
 1986      From A Servant’s Heart (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
 1985       I’ve Just Seen Jesus (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
1982      Touch Me Lord (Produced by Greg Nelson)**
 1982      Best Of Larnelle *
 1981      Give Me More Love In My Heart (Produced by Howard McCrary and Paul Johnson)*
 1978      Free*
 1977      Larnelle...More (Produced by Thurlow Spurr and Bob Mackenzie)*
 1975      Tell It To Jesus (Produced by Bergen White)*  

 ** Benson Records        * Word Records

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