Vestal GoodmanSouthern Gospel

    Vestal Goodman was a pioneer in gospel music, ministering and performing for more than half a century. She is known both as a solo performer and as a member of The Happy Goodman Family – which originated with her husband and his siblings – one of the pioneering groups in southern gospel music. Vestal and Howard worked with many well-known musicians on the Gaither Homecoming music projects in the 1990s. She became known as “The Queen of Gospel Music” and is one of the most beloved artists ever in the genre. Vestal won multiple Grammy and Dove Awards (including first Female Vocalist of the Year Dove Award), charted 15 # 1 hit songs, and performed more than 3,500 concerts as a member of the Goodmans.

    Vestal Goodman’s life ended unexpectedly December 27, 2003, but her ministry lives on through her music. She sang every song like she was singing it only to the Lord’s ears. The person that was hearing it at that moment also felt she was singing it only for them. Heaven, hope, love, grace, and Jesus were the basis of the lyrics of every song. Her obituary reads, “She was a spirit of optimism, a spirit of joy. Even when there were so many negative things happening, the glass was always half full to Vestal.” Her title of “Queen of Gospel Music” was proclaimed in a wide array of magazines, from Rolling Stone and Billboard to Time and People to the Singing News. On January 11, 2004, Vestal was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.


    • That Sounds Like Home to Me
    • Wait Till You See My Brand New Home
    • God Walks the Dark Hills
    • I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
    • Who Am I
    • I’m Too Near Home
    • If God Is Dead
    • In the Sweet By and Bye
    • Clear Title
    • Mercy
    • God Bless America
    • Jesus Hold My Hand