A graduate from Baylor University, David Phelps is credited among today’s most spectacular
voices. His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with
his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world’s most prestigious
venues. For nearly 20 years, David served as a member of the popular and prestigious Gaither
Vocal Band, and during that time received numerous Dove Awards, two Grammy Awards, and
multiple platinum-selling recording projects.
As a solo artist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and
Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD, O Holy Night to add to his many awards and honors.
Since 2012, David has topped the Billboard charts time and time again with releases like: the
2012 live DVD Classic (#1), the 2015 live DVD Freedom (#1), the 2017 live DVD The Best Of
David Phelps (#1 topping such popular video releases as The Beatles’ Eight Days A Week), and
most recently the 2018 live DVD It Must Be Christmas (#2). The various recordings have been
featured on numerous television networks, including the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and
have received acclaim in both secular and gospel music genres. In 2020, David returned with his
newsest release, GameChanger. The album contains a sensational mixture of 15 pop, jazz,
Inspirational, R&B and Broadway-inspired selections – all weaving together the themes of
redemption and unity.
Phelps says of the diverse group, “While some might think GameChanger is a departure for me,
it’s really just the next step in my development as an artist; this is who I am. I started out in
contemporary music before I joined the Gaither Vocal Band. I was blessed to be part of that
amazing, iconic group and I loved those years very much, but I am and always have been a
stylist, and that makes my music and career very eclectic.”
Growing up in a musical family, his natural gift for song was evident when he was very young.
Even as he sang in church as a teenager, he knew that he wanted to be a performer. At the age of
18, while earning his degree in vocal performance from Baylor University, David began what
would be a life-long passion of traveling around the world to share music, inspiration and good
news. While studying music at Baylor, David met Lori Purtle, who has been his wife and rocksolid
partner in his career for three decades. The couple has four great kids – Callie, Maggie
Beth, Grant and Coby. David and Lori reside on their farm outside Nashville, Tennessee.