within the shifting winds of the Southern Gospel music industry,
groups and acts travel throughout the nation, praising and lifting
up the name of Jesus Christ portraying the idea…
not about what we’ve won.
not about what we’ve
It’s about what we are continually doing
for the One
who has done so much for us.
This idea perfectly
describes one of Southern Gospel music’s busiest family groups – The
Gardners. For more than 40 years, The Gardner family has performed
Gospel music throughout the southeastern United States – doing
so without the fan fare of winning major industry awards; without
the glitz and glamour of bright lights; or even without the assets
of a major financial supporter.
The Gardners have chosen to base their music ministry upon the
principle of consistent “doing.” And,
today, the three singers who bear the family name – Mitch;
Regina; and Michael - carry on the family tradition as “doers.”
is a striking obvious fact one observes when visiting The Gardners’ website
at www.thegardners.com and checking out the group’s schedule.
Performing in small churches; at major Gospel music events; on high
school and college campuses; and even singing in restaurants, The
Gardners are a busy “doing” group, frequently performing
and proclaiming their musical Gospel outside the traditional boundaries
of the four walls of a church.
And, yet, even
though the family trio constantly travels and performs during
any given year, they still find time to serve as leaders of their
home church where Mitchell is pastor and hold down necessary “tent-making” jobs.
Yes, The Gardners are busy “doers of the Word.”
group was started in the mid-1960s by Mitch’s and Michael’s
father, Malcolm Gardner, who is the senior pastor of Huntland (TN)
Pentecostal Church. Through the years, the group has varied in size
and in members. In the past, the group has consisted of sisters;
brothers; aunts; uncles and cousins. Today, the twin brothers are
joined by Mitch’s wife, Regina, to form a dynamic trio that
features tight harmonies and well-written songs that are penned by
musical careers, the brothers were blessed to have been mentored
by one of the legendary names in Gospel music. “In
the 1990s, we recorded an independent project that was produced by
Ronny Hinson,” Mitch said. “He worked with us as songwriters.
We learned a lot from him about writing and production.”
the past, The Gardners have also worked with other Gospel music “heavyweights” – including
Eddie Crook; James Freeze of OASIS Records; and Calvary Music Group.
They have recorded several projects through the years.
The Gardners’ name was added to the roster of the prestigious
Zion Music Group, and the group worked with Zion’s owner/president
Kevin McManus to produce their first project with the record label. “We
are very excited about working with Kevin and Beverly (McManus) and
the other good folks at Zion,” said brother Michael. “We
believe our new project is the best we have ever recorded; and, we
could not have done it without their help. They are great people.” Kevin
McManus President of Zion Music Group states “I have known
the Gardners for about twenty years but this is the first opportunity
we have had to work together. These people sing with conviction,
write wonderful music, and pastor a thriving church. They live for
God! They walk the walk and talk the talk. They are a blessing to
so many people and we are honored to have them as part of our Zion
With the release
of several nationwide radio releases, The Gardners’ name and reputation are beginning to spread among
Gospel music circles for their musical excellence.
membership in the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers
And Musicians (USAGEM), the talented trio has received worldwide
recognition by performing in the association’s televised programs
which have been aired into 174 countries throughout the world by
the Total Christian Television (TCT) network.
2006, the group performed and was featured at the 2006 International
Gospel Music Fan Fest which was held at Columbia State Community
College in Columbia, TN. Their performance was taped and will
be aired on the TCT network.
their reputation for excellence, The Gardners are beginning to
be recognized by their industry peers. In 2004, they were honored
with the Diamond Award by the members of the Tennessee Valley
Ole Time Gospel Homecoming. In 2005, they were nominated as “Group Of The Year” by
USAGEM. In 2006 they were voted “Group Of The Year” by
USAGEM and received the Diamond award from the USAGEM board.
“We are honored when
our peers recognize our work and efforts for the Lord with awards
or nominations,” Mitch said. “But, we are more excited
about what God is doing in our lives and in our ministry. He is the
reason that we sing. He is the reason that we have true life. We
can’t praise Him enough.”
is the reason that The Gardners are continually “doing.”
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interview The Gardners or for more information, contact Mitch Gardner
at (931) 469-0215).