Bishops

Group Members

(Incomplete)

Tenor
Kenny Bishop (1984-2001)

Lead
Mark Bishop (1984-2001)

Baritone
Kenneth Bishop (1984-2001)

Banjo & Guitar
Junior Williams (1985-1988, 1997-2001)

Position and dates of service unknown
Eddie Horn
Bill Marcus
Billy Horn
Steve Perkins

The Bishops (1984-2001)

History

From humble beginnings in the hills of central Kentucky in 1984, the Bishops became a household name in Southern Gospel. Starting on the front porch of their parentsí house, brothers Mark and Kenny Bishop along with their dad, Kenneth, began a successful career.

With encouragement and financial support from the brothers' grandmother, the Bishops recorded He Gave His Life. Nashville producer Eddie Crook subsequently signed them to a recording contract. Under Crook's guidance, the group had a string of radio hits with songs like "Lazarus Come Forth" and "He's in the Midst," which was number one on the Singing News chart from February through April in 1991. After leaving the Eddie Crook Company in the mid-1990s, they signed with Homeland Records. The Bishops achieved success with songs like ďWhen Jesus is All That I HaveĒ, ďYou Canít Ask too Much of My GodĒ, ďWhat I HaveĒ and ďReach the WorldĒ. After leaving Homeland, the group signed with the newly formed Cathedral Records and released two more recordings.

Just before the National Quartet Convention in September 2001, the Bishops abruptly disbanded without public explanation. Kenneth retired from the road, Kenny became involved in politics, and Mark continued to sing as a soloist. Since then, the Bishops have reunited only for brief select performances. One reunion took place at the National Quartet Convention in 2002, and another was held during the Mark Bishop Homecoming in July 2003.

Awards

Singing News Fan Awards
Favorite Trio (1997, 1998)

Discography


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1984 He Gave His Life (RCM Records SLP8501/CT8406): He Gave His Life; Godís Amazing Grace; In A Land Where No Cabins Fall; Too Much To Gain To Lose; God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds; Sail Away Home; Steal Away And Pray; Gloryland; Then My Lord Iíll See; Hand Me Down.

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1985 One Way (Harvest Records/HAR1036): Nothing Here Below; Rocking On The Waves; His Hands; Iím Gonna Move; Jezebel; Oh God, I Love You; Gonna Be There; One Way; No Lock On My Mansion Door; Just Like John.

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1986 Canít Stop Now (Harvest Records/HAR1066): I Canít Stop Till I Reach Canaanís Land; Old Time Chariot Medley; It Is Finished; My Sins Are Gone; Man On A Mule; Lover Of The Lord; For God So Loved The World; Shadow Of His Hand; Thank God I Am Free; Battle Scarred Soldier.

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1987 Blessed (Harvest Records/HAR1114): Bless Me One More Time; God's Amazing Grace; Prophet's Admiration; Mom And Dad; When We Meet To Part No More; Radio Preacher; Move To The Top Of The Mountain; Storefront Mission; Victory In Jesus; Blind Bartimaeus. (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop).

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1988 Live At Fayetteville Community Church (Morningstar Records/MS-4092): Run And Not Be Weary; Jesus Is The Light; An Ordinary Man; New Jerusalem; Welcome Home; Front Porch Medley; My Song Of Praise; Iím Gonna Move (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop, Junior Williams, Eddie Horn, Bill Marcus, Billy Horn).

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1989 Marching On (Morningstar Records/MST-4100): Open Up The Window Noah; Lazarus Come Forth; The Old Days; I Donít Know Any Better Than Jesus; Battle Hymn Of The Republic; Iíll Live Again; Dry Ground; Farther Along; No More Pain; Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop).

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1990 Class Of Ď90 (Morningstar Records/MST-4115): I Need You More Today; Miracle Rose; Angels Watching Over Me; In The Sweet By And By; The Carpenterís House; For Every Cross There Is A Crown; One Size Fits All; One Way Or Another; More Than Just A Hill; It Ainít The Mountain (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop).

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1991 Once In A Lifetime (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4127): Heís In The Midst; When They Finally Made It Home; I Know The Man; We Need To Build A Fire; Unclouded Day; Whosoever Will; Waitiní For The Master To Come; Follow Your Heart; Lord, Leave Your Light On; More Love Than I Ever Imagined; For Every Cross There Is A Crown; I Need You More Today; Iíll Live Again; Lazarus Come Forth; Welcome Home (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop, Steve Perkins).

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1991 Christmas With Family And Friends (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4132): Do You Hear What I Hear; Ring Christmas Bells; White Christmas Medley; Silent Night Medley; Spend A Little More Love; Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem; Christ Is Born In Bethlehem; Hark The Herald Medley.

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1992 No 2 Ways About It (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4142): Hallelujah Morning; Heavenís On A One Way Street; These Are They; Heís Living Again; Ten Thousand Angels And Me; Iíd Sure Like To Be There; New Campmeeting Days; Look To Him; Hearts On Fire; Sheltered By The Masterís Arms (Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Kenny Bishop).

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1992 The Front Porch Collection (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4156): Across The River; Jezebel; Waitiní For The Master; Star Spangled Banner; Gentle Breeze; God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds; Whispering Hope; Talk About Sufferiní; Blind Bartimaeus; Give Me That Old Time Religion; Lover Of The Lord; The Lighthouse.

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1993 More Than My Voice (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4168): Lord I Need Your Touch; The Greatest Love; This Side Of The Cross; That Sounds Like Someone I Know; Praising The Risen Lamb; Youíll Be Back On The Mountain Again; Lord Iíd Be Lost Without You; The Sun Didnít Shine; If That Isnít Love; Shadow Of Thy Wing.

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1994 Chapter X Live (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4180): Thatís All He Needs To Know; Look What Jesus Has Done; God Has Provided A Lamb; Heís My Hiding Place; Angels Walking Around; Worryiní; He Gave It To Me; Holy Ghost Revival; Bishops Hits Medley; Lazarus Come Forth.

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1995 Seems Like Only Yesterday (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4212): The Old Rugged Cross; Jesus Hold My Hand; Honey In The Rock; Iím Going That Way; The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago; Lily Of The Valley; The Haven Of Rest; Meeting In The Air; The Eastern Gate; Everybody Will Be Happy; At Calvary; Are You Washed In The Blood.

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1996 A Legacy Of Hits (Morningstar Records/MSCD-4210): Heís In The Midst; I Need You More Today; Godís Amazing Grace; Lazarus Come Forth; That Sounds Like Someone Iíd Like To Know; Blind Bartimaeus; Heís Living Again; Oh God, I Love You; For Every Cross There Is A Crown; Look To Him; Iíll Live Again; Heís My Hiding Place.

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1996 You Canít Ask Too Much Of My God (Homeland Records/HD9620): You Canít Ask Too Much Of My God; He Will Never Forsake You; You Never Know; When Jesus Is All That I Have; Love Did; Entertaining Angels; Palms Of Victory; My God Is Watching Over Me; It Takes The Blood; Donít You Know.

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1997 Classics Live (Homeland Records/HD9718): Heís In The Midst; That Sounds Like Someone Iíd Like To Know; Heís My Hiding Place; Heís Living Again; For Every Cross There Is A Crown; Blind Bartimaeus; I Need You More Today; Iíll Live Again; Lazarus, Come Forth; Iím Gonna Move.

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1997 The Front Porch Collection, Volume 2 (Homeland Records/HD9714): Iíll Be A Witness; Rose Among The Thorns; Hiding Like Elijah; River Of Jordan; What The Bible Says; Climbing Up The Mountain; Traveliní Shoes; Land Where No Cabins Fall; Mary Donít You Weep; St Anthonyís Etude.

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1997 Reach The World (Homeland Records/HD9724): What I Have; But Then I Saw Him On The Cross; I Can See Forever From Here; I Have Faith; God Still Moves; Radio Intro; Reach The World; Heís Got The Whole World In His Hands; Something New Under The Son; A Satisfied Mind; With Jesus In My Life (Kenny Bishop, Mark Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Junior Williams).

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1999 Kentucky Bluegrass (Homeland Records/HD9905): Iíve A Mansion In Glory; The Old Tear Stained Altar; Come Unto Me; I Talk To Him In Prayer; I Saw A Lot Of Happy People; Was He Quiet Or Did He Cry; Brother Moses Smote The Water; Thatís The Reason; Rank Strangers To Me; Howard Gray; With The Spirit Of The Lord Inside; Oh What A Glad Day; Thereís One. (Reissued in 2003 on KRB Records as Heavenly Harmony).

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1999 Letís Celebrate Jesus (Homeland Records/HD9927): Letís Celebrate Jesus; When You Have Faith In A Great God; Somebody In Heaven; When I Testify; God Of All Good Things; That Holy Place In Me; Angels Know My Name; He Said It All; Not In A Million Years; One Day Iíll Be There.

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2000 All Their Best (Homeland Records/HD0059): You Canít Ask Too Much Of My God; Iíll Live Again; Heís In The Midst; What I Have; Reach The World; Letís Celebrate Jesus; Rose Among The Thorns; When Jesus Is All That I Have; Blind Bartimaeus; Lazarus Come Forth; Not In A Million Years.

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2000 Great Things (Cathedral Records/CH-50002): Great Things; Pray For The Power; When You Change Your Mind; I Rely On Him; When Jesus Is Your Well; That Soul Was Mine; I Start Each Day With The Lord; I Will Be Right Here; Golden Street Parade; You Must Come In At The Door.

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2001 Stories (Cathedral Records/CH-50192):I Love To Tell The Story; God Didnít Come To Save The Angels; I Canít Even Slow Down; I Know All About Scars; Perfectly Honest; Woke Up This Morning; Iím So Glad I Found Jesus; Forever Springtime; Youíre Already Gonna Live Forever; Michaelís Getaway.

2003 Heavenly Harmony (KRB Records) (See 1999, Kentucky Bluegrass for song titles).

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