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George Beverly Shea

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George Beverly Shea

Grammy Award-winning Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer add

Category: Music

Born in 1909.

Countries: United States (83%), United Kingdom (4%), Canada (4%)

Main connections: Billy Graham, California, RCA

Linked to: Moody Bible Institute, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Gospel Music Association, Montreat College




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George Beverly Shea was born in 1909 add something


Shea attended Annesley College in Ottawa , before transferring in 1928 to Houghton College , where he studied singing with Herman Baker add something


In 1933 a network radio director heard Shea sing and was sufficiently impressed and arranged an audition to sing popular secular songs for "Your Hit Parade", a national program with the Lyn Murray Singers broadcast on the NBC network add something


In 1939 Shea auditioned unsuccessfully for a spot on a CBS radio program that originated in Chicago , Illinois add something


Initially Shea sang on Houghton's "Let's Go Back to the Bible," from 1939 add something


Shea first met Billy Graham in 1940 while Graham was pastor of the Village Church in Western Springs, Illinois add something


Shea, who became a naturalized American citizen in 1941, and his wife, Karlene reside in a home in Montreat, North Carolina on the same road as Billy Graham's home add something


In the summer of 1942 Shea took a leave of absence from WMBI to join Word Of Life evangelist Jack Wyrtzen for evangelistic crusades in the New York area add something


Billy Graham - Launching the new radio program on January 2, 1944, still called "Songs in the Night", Graham recruited the baritone George Beverly Shea as his director of radio ministry


"Club Time" was broadcast nationally from September 1945 for the next seven years over the ABC Radio and Armed Forces Networks and many independent stations add something


I came into this work with Mr. Graham in 1947 after we had exchanged letters and talked on the phone add something


Shea has been involved as a soloist with Billy Graham and his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association since 1947 add something


' That was in November of 1947 and I've been with him ever since add something


Shea sang at the unofficial launching of Graham's crusades in the old Armory in Charlotte, North Carolina in November 1947 add something


In 1948 Shea, along with Graham, Barrows and Grady Wilson, formulated a set of ethical guidelines, later designated The Modesto Manifesto, that became the cornerstone of the BGEA. Shea, along with Graham, Barrows, Grady Wilson and George Wilson, is one of the five directors of the BGEA. add something


Because of Shea's weekly singing on the "Hour of Decision" radio broadcast since 1950 and his numerous personal appearances, his voice is recognized now in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and throughout North America add something


During Shea's first four years with RCA his records did not recover the cost of recording and pressing, but by the end of the 1950s he enjoyed major record success add something


They were joined in 1950 by pianist Tedd Smith, and through the years organists Don Hustad and John Innes have provided additional accompaniment add something


On 5 December 1950 the "Hour of Decision" radio broadcasts began in Atlanta, Georgia on 150 radio stations add something


In 1951 Shea was signed to the RCA record label by Sam Wallace and Elmer Eades, after being "discovered" by Paul Barkmeyer add something


Shea appeared on television on Billy Graham's "Hour of Decision" television program that was broadcast for three years from 1951 in primetime on Sunday evenings on the ABC television network add something


This show brought Shea national recognition, and by 1951 Shea was the most prominent male soloist in gospel music add something


By 1952 Shea sang regularly on this program add something


For the Crusade at Harringay, London, UK in 1952 the organist was Paul Mickelson add something


Shea's first theatrical film was "Oiltown, U.S.A.," which was produced in 1953 by the BGEA's World Wide Pictures add something


Shea performed the hymn "Amazing Grace" in "The Mighty Fortress," a 1955 newsreel film of the Billy Graham's 1954 Crusade for Europe, that was produced and directed by Paul Short add something


In 1956 Shea received an honorary doctorate, the Doctor of Fine Arts, from his "alma mater," Houghton College add something


Shea wrote both the lyrics and music for "The Wonder of It All," which was copyrighted originally by Chancel Music in 1956 add something


Shea sang "How Great Thou Art" in the ABC live telecasts each Saturday evening from 1 June of Billy Graham's Crusade in Madison Square Garden, in New York city in the summer of 1957 add something


Shea's daughter Elaine became a Christian at the age of 8 during a Billy Graham Crusade at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California in 1958 add something


Ralph Carmichael - Carmichael provided the backing for a number of RCA albums by Gospel singer George Beverly Shea, including "The Love of God" in 1958, and "How Great Thou Art" in 1969


During his career Shea was nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning on 15 March 1966 the 1965 Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording for his album "Southland Favorites" recorded with the Anita Kerr Quartet add something


In 1972, Shea received another honorary doctorate, the Doctor of Sacred Music , from Trinity College of Deerfield, Illinois add something


Erma Shea died in September 1976, and memorial services were held at Western Springs, Illinois on 8 September 1976 add something


In Ken Anderson's 1977 film "Pilgrim's Progress," Shea was the narrator, and Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson made his film debut add something


In 1978, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association and for his lifelong contribution to gospel music add something


On 18 February 1982 Shea was awarded the Gold Angel Award for Country Music award by Religion in Media in Hollywood, California add something


When we were over in Korea in 1984, Billy brought me into his room and said, 'I've been talking to Ruth, my wife, in Montreat this morning on the phone and we think that 10 years is enough,' and so he mentioned Karlene's name add something


The Christian Holiness Association presented Shea its Christian Service Award in 1993 add something


Credit Union Centre - In 1995, Billy Graham made a surprise appearance at a Franklin Graham festival at SaskPlace, and brought George Beverly Shea with him


In 1996 the association of National Religious Broadcasters voted Shea into its "Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame add something


Arguably Shea's most popular hymn is "The Wonder of It All," the title of which was used by the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television for their 1998 production of his life story add something


In 1998 North Carolina Public Television produced "The Wonder of It All," a television program on his life story add something


Shea and "How Great Thou Art" are mentioned in Patricia Cornwell's 1998 best-selling novel "Hornet's Nest add something


On 11 September 1999 Shea received the Integrity Award from Marketplace Ministries in Dallas, Texas add something


Shea received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association Canada in 2004 add something


He was presented the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative, the highest honor of the city of Marshfield, Missouri in 2007 by friend Reverend Nicholas W. Inman add something


Shea appeared as himself in the 2008 documentary on the effects of Hurricane Katrina in "The New Orleans Story," written and directed by Stephen Rue. add something


It was mentioned by the NBC network's The Today Show's Willard Scott on January 29, 2009, and ABC's Paul Harvey on January 31, 2009 add something


Shea celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday February 1, 2009 add something


On 12 February 2011 Shea received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award alongside Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton and the Ramones at a ceremony held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles , California add something

George Beverly Shea died in 2013 add something

George Beverly Shea died in 2013 add something

George Beverly Shea died in 2013 add something

George Beverly Shea died in 2013 add something


Shea died on April 16, 2013, of complications following a stroke add something


Oct. 12, 2017 Accessed Oct. 15, 2017 add something