Parsons to perform at FBC

From Press Reports

Squire Parsons will be in concert at First Baptist Church in Eupora on July 28 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a love offering will be received for Parsons.

A native of West Virginia, he was raised in a Christian home and was introduced to gospel music by his parents. His father, Squire Parsons Sr., was a choir director in their home church and taught shaped-note gospel music.

Parsons attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in music in 1970. He has served as an interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher and high school band director, and in 1975 became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979 Parsons went into solo ministry.

Since 1978, he has been nominated by the Singing News fans for “Favorite Baritone,” “Favorite Gospel Songwriter” and “Favorite Gospel Singer.” He was named “Favorite Baritone” in 1986 and 1987, and “Favorite Gospel Songwriter” in 1986 and 1992-95.

In 1988 he was named “Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer.” He has also been nominated for the Dove Award for male vocalist and songwriter.

In addition to being one of America’s best loved soloists, Parsons is a prolific songwriter. In 1981, his song “Sweet Beulah Land” was voted “Favorite Song of the Year” by the Singing News.

Some of the other gospel classics written by Parsons include “Master of the Sea,” “Oh What a Moment,” “The Broken Rose,” “He Came to Me,” “I Call It Home,” “I Sing Because,” “Hello Mama,” “I’m Not Giving Up” and “I Go to the Rock.”

Many gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs. He has been the guest soloist at First Baptist Church of Atlanta with Dr. Charles Stanley and a guest soloist at Billy Graham’s crusades across America.