Squire Parsons was born April 4, 1948, a native of West Virginia he was raised in a Christian home and was introduced to gospel music as a baby by his parents. His father, Squire Parsons Sr., was a choir director in their home church and taught shaped note gospel music. Squire attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music in 1970.
In 1975, he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979, Squire went into solo ministry. Since 1978, Squire Parsons has been nominated by the Singing News Magazine for numerous awards. He was named "Favorite Baritone" in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 he was named "Favorite Gospel Songwriter." In 1988 he was named "Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer."
In addition to being one of Americaís best loved soloists, Squire is a prolific songwriter. In 1981, his song, "Sweet Beulah Land" was voted "Favorite Song Of The Year". Other gospel classics written by Parsons include: "Master Of The Sea", "Oh What A Moment", "The Broken Rose", "He Came To Me", "I Call It Home", "I Sing Because", "Hello Mama", "Iím Not Giving Up", and "I Go To The Rock". He has also been nominated for the DOVE AWARD for male vocalist and songwriter. Many gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs.
In 1990, he was presented the coveted MARVIN NORCROSS AWARD. Parsons has also been a part of the popular "Gaither Homecoming" video series. Mr. Parsons was ordained at his home church, Trinity Baptist, in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1979.
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