Hovie Franklin Lister (September 17, 1926 - December 28, 2001)


Hovie Lister had a long and successful career as a music publisher, record label executive, performer and promoter. He was instrumental in helping to expand Southern Gospel Music and popularize this musical art form around the world.

As a young boy, Hovie played piano for the Lister Brothers, a group that included his father, Herman Lister, and three of his uncles. He later attended the Stamps Baxter School Of Music, and then went on to perform with the Homeland Harmony Quartet, the LeFevre Trio, the Sand Mountain Quartet, and the Rangers Quartet. In 1948, Hovie formed the Statesmen Quartet in Atlanta, Georgia where they were featured on radio station WCON. Under Lister, the Statesmen became a dominant force in Southern Gospel, especially after teaming up with the Blackwood Brothers for concert appearances.

Later in his career, Hovie formed another successful and influential group, the Masters V, with fellow legends Jake Hess, Rosie Rozell, James Blackwood and J D Sumner. He traveled with the Masters V until the group disbanded in 1988. After playing piano for the Palmetto State Quartet from 1989-1992, Hovie re-formed the Statesmen and continued to travel until his death in 2001. During this same period of time, Hovie was a regular on the Gaither Homecoming Tour.

Solo Discography


1964 1963 Sermon (StatesWood Records/SW-403): An Inspiring Sermon Recorded At The National Quartet Convention 1963.

1965 1964 Sermon (StatesWood Records/SW-408): An Inspiring Sermon Recorded At The National Quartet Convention 1964.

1967 1965 Sermon (Canaan Records/CA-4633): An Inspiring Sermon Recorded At The National Quartet Convention 1965.

1967 1966 Sermon (Canaan Records/CA-4638): An Inspiring Sermon Recorded At The National Quartet Convention 1966.

1970 1969 Sermon (StatesWood Records/SW-411): Hovie Lister's 1969 National Quartet Convention Sermon.

1975 I'm Gonna Keep On! (Heartwarming Records/R 3360): I'm Gonna Keep On; Thanks To Calvary; The Old Gospel Ship; The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troubling; Jesus Is Lord Of All; Jesus, I Heard You Had A Big House; Thanks For Sunshine; It Is Well With My Soul; I'll Fly Away; I Could Never Outlove The Lord. (Re-issued in 1981 as Thanks To Calvary on Skylite SLP-6260).

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1985 The Masters V Present Their Sensational Pianist & Emcee Hovie Lister From The Soul (Skylite Records/SLP-6346): Redemption Draweth Nigh; God Will Provide; Thanks To Calvary; Near To The Heart Of God; My Home; Tenderly; Life Is Worth Living; Cleanse Me; Jesus Fills My Every Need; Something Happened To Daddy.


GMA Hall Of Fame (1984)
SGMA Hall Of Fame (1997)

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

When I Come To The End Of The Road

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