An original member of the renowned Speer Family, Ben Speer is among gospel music’s most treasured living legends. Ben’s father, “Dad” Speer, a singing school teacher and a true perfectionist when it came to proper singing technique, instilled musical excellence and “shaped note” theory into Ben as early as he can remember. He sang with the legendary Speer Family for four decades and participated in more than 75 Speer Family albums until the Speer Family retired in 1998.
In 1950, Ben launched the Ben Speer Music Company, which published such great hits as “WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE,” “I’M STANDING ON THE SOLID ROCK,” “TOURING THAT CITY” and “I’LL WALK THEM GOLDEN STAIRS” which was recorded by Elvis.
As a record producer, he has produced albums by such artists as The Florida Boys, The Speers, Ivan Parker, Anthony Burger, The Weatherfords, and a variety of others, including The Homeland Quartet, of which he is a member.
In 1989, Ben organized the first Ben Speer Stamps-Baxter School of Music, an annual training week for young artists, where he continues to spearhead programs that train new generations of artists in music theory, proper singing technique and other valuable skills that help preserve excellence in gospel music’s rich heritage.
Musical director for countless Homecoming videos and a favorite on the Homecoming stage, this GMA Hall of Fame and Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame inductee still blesses the world with his timeless gift.