2016-11-22 / Community

Wells gospel trio could earn Grammy nomination

By SHELLEY WIGGLESWORTH
Special to the Journal Tribune

WELLS—The three-person Christian music sensation The Greatest Gift,  a gospel  band from Wells, recently received news that they have been placed on the official ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music.

Nominated for "Performance/Song" for their original song “The Lighthouse” and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for their album  “Fishers of Men,” the distinction is not bad for a dedicated small group of musicians from a small town in Maine who have been playing together for just three years. 

The band consists of York County Residents Wayne Patterson, who is a singer/songwriter and the group leader, Krys Smith, who is the vocalist and flutist, and Mike Biasin, also a vocalist and keyboard player.

All three musicians agree that their strong spiritual faith not only brought them together as a band and as friends, but it also led them on the fast track of their successful journey as performers who not only entertain, but inspire listeners as well.  

“Our band’s tagline is ‘We are messengers of Hope,’ and every song we perform is full of hope.” said Biasin, who was born legally blind and plays by ear.

Although they are first and foremost a gospel band, The Greatest Gift is known for their country and bluegrass style which has a cross-over and rock-a-billy appeal that has them  gaining attention across the musical spectrum.  

“Our music has been described as ‘gospel with a rock taste’ though I personally believe that it can’t be categorized as each song has a unique sound and feel,” Smith said.

The band began performing at churches throughout Maine and New Hampshire in 2013, before adding coffee houses, retirement communities and public recreational events and to their venues which eventually led them to their first competition at the Pine Tree State Country Music Association, where they placed first, winning Gospel Band of the Year.

From there, the group was then invited to try out for the Down East Country Music Association’s competition where they again won the Gospel Band of the Year award.

“After we won Gospel Band of the Year from DECMA, we were notified about the Northeast Invitational Country Showdown and won that Gospel Band of the Year award," Patterson said. "The winning entitled us to go to the North American Country Music Association International competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where we again won Gospel Band of the Year, Gospel Album of the Year, and a Horizon award for songwriting in all 50 states and Canada.”

In the spring of this year, they released their second album “ Fishers of Men” and with the help of Al Gomes of  Big Noise Development Group, they made it on the ballot for the 2017 Grammy’s, much to their delight. 

“The Grammy, to me is one of the greatest awards or achievements that any musician could get…to win this award would be our greatest achievement,” said Patterson.

Whether they make it that far or not all three band members agree they are content with all they have accomplished and are proud to have made it this far.

Smith said, We are already winners, there are no losers in the Body of Christ."

Patterson agreed.

"We will keep pressing on and doing whatever God has for us to do,” he said. “Our group will continue on the path that has been charted for The Greatest Gift, which is to go wherever God leads us to go…the award is a great accolade, but it is not our mission.”

The Greatest Gift will find out the first week in December about the nomination. If the band actually does receive a nomination, the trio plan to attend the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

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