Renaissance's Holt Joins Gaither Tour
Bethel Renaissance's Matthew Holt has been named the new full-time keyboard player for the Gaither Vocal Band and the Gaither Homecoming Tour. The audience at National Quartet Convention received the surprise announcement on Friday night, Sept. 14, when Bill Gaither announced from stage that the new full-time keyboard player for the Gaither Vocal Band and the Gaither Homecoming Tour was Holt. Holt, too, was surprised and delighted at the announcement but is well prepared to accept his new role.
Holt has been playing piano professionally since he was 19, when he was invited to accompany the award-winning family group The Perrys full-time. He remained with the Perrys from 2004 until 2008, receiving multiple nominations for Singing News Fan Awards for Top Musician during those years. Matthew came off the road after he and his wife, Lindsey, had their first child and Matthew went to work as Associate Director of Bethel’s Renaissance program. He intends to remain on staff at Bethel for as long as possible while he also works with the Gaither Vocal Band and Gaither Homecoming Tour.
First inspired by late piano legend Anthony Burger, Holt attended a Kingsmen concert at age two that would forever change the course of his life. He watched Anthony play and imitated him starting that very night. His parents bought him a piano the following year and he began taking lessons in grade school until he eventually realized his ultimate goal to play for a gospel group. In October of 2007, Holt experienced a full-circle moment when he was chosen to play piano at Anthony Burger’s induction into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Thrilled to accept his new role with the Gaither tour, Holt states, “To be a member of the Gaither Family is a dream come true. I'm humbled and honored to be a part of this established and highly respected musical tradition. Words can't describe how excited I am about this opportunity!”
Bill Gaither is equally thrilled that Holt has accepted this new role, stating, “The Gaither Vocal Band has been blessed to only have two piano players in our history until now, and both have been tremendous. Now, to be blessed once again with a musician of Matthew Holt’s caliber is quite a gift! What a joy it is to welcome this fine young man to the family.”
Holt and wife, Lindsey have two children: a son, Fletcher (4) and a daughter, Ridley (1).