An Interview with UNC-TV
George Beverly "Bev" Shea is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian centenarian, a bass-baritone singer of gospel music and the composer of several hymns Spotlighting the man considered to be "America's most beloved gospel singer," UNC-TV's NC NOW sits down with Shea for a personal interview conducted in 2009 about his lengthy career, influence on the world of gospel music, and how "How Great Thou Art" became a mainstay during the Billy Graham Crusades. (From http://www.unctv.org/ncnow/)
Celebrating 103 Years of Sweet Sounds
George Beverly Shea Grows in Grace on Feb. 1
January 31, 2012 - As he turns 103 on Feb. 1, George Beverly Shea’s heart is as joyful as that of a child.
“Karlene and I rejoice in the Lord’s overwhelming grace to give me 103 years of life!” he exclaimed on Monday.
And while he won’t be partying like a teenager, the youthful centenarian will celebrate the day in the company of his family and in quiet reflection, reading greetings from around the world now pouring in to him.
He says he is especially thankful for the dear people with whom he has ministered and traveled the world since the day he met Billy Graham in 1943. “For all these years, the fellowship of the BGEA team has been precious as I have sought to serve the Lord,” says Shea.
As we join in celebrating 103 of God’s blessings, let’s take a journey back to Mr. Shea’s early days, excerpted from a previous interview.
Born February 1, 1909, George Beverly Shea is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian centenarian, a bass-baritone singer of gospel music and the composer of several hymns and hymn tunes. Shea has often been described as "America's Beloved Gospel Singer" and is considered "the first international singing 'star' of the gospel world," as a consequence of his solos at Billy Graham Crusades and his exposure on radio, records, and television. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever, with an estimated cumulative live audience of 220 million people.