Ben Speer Biography

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Speer, Ben Lacy Speer
(1930 – )

Ben Speer was born in Double Springs, AL in 1930 and began performing with his family group at the age of two. The youngest of the four Speer siblings, Ben eventually made “The King Is Coming” his signature song. He also arranged music for the group and developed a reputation as a comic emcee for the group. Ben retired from the Speer Family in 1992, but continued to appear with them at select dates until the group itself retired in the late 1990s. The Speers still appear from time to time on reunion events.

In addition to performing, Ben Speer established the Ben Speer Music Company in 1946, the first major publisher of sheet music. In more recent years, he has been active as a record producer in the Southern Gospel music industry, most notably for the Homeland label and the Gaither Homecoming videos where he’s also frequently a featured performer and functions as Gaither’s music director. In addition to artist projects, Speer has produced numerous accompaniment tracks for Homeland’s EZ Key series and sang with the Homeland Quartet alongside label owner Bill Traylor. Speer has also operated the Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School Of Music, a two-week summer program on the campus of Trivecca Nazarene University, for a number of years.

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David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. In addition to MusicScribe, David is the owner/editor of SGHistory.com and the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music. He plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet, the Foothills Choir and when his schedule permits, the Pine Ridge Boys.

7 Responses to Ben Speer Biography

  1. Anonymous September 29, 2005 at 11:59 PM

    I love Ben Speers attitude to life
    and consider him a great gospel singer…
    Do you know if he has cd with the
    song “Sheltered in the arms of God”

    I heard him sing it on Toronto web
    cast and thought it was wonderful.

    Vivian Wilde Edmonton Ab

  2. Lynn Cranstone Vancouver BC November 13, 2005 at 10:34 PM

    I just began watching the Gaither videos a few months ago and this wonderful gentleman made quite an impression right away. I love his voice. His love of Jesus is contagious when he sings. I saw him with his daughter on one video but have never heard about his wife?

  3. Anonymous November 13, 2005 at 10:37 PM

    I would like to know if Ben Speers ever travels. I live in Langley, BC Canada and I would love to see him perform in person. When he sings “The King is Coming” it just sends chills up and down my spine. He surely is a great gospel singer.

  4. Anonymous November 14, 2005 at 1:42 AM

    I also have heard he sings “The King is coming”. I would love to
    hear him sing this song.
    Ben,does come to Canada and I have had the pleasure of meeting him in Edmonton at the last Gaither Home
    Coming.He is a wonderful man and
    the true light of Christ shows through him.
    I don’t think he has a wife right
    now, I do know his lady friend passed away about two years ago.
    God Bless Ben and his Life.
    He has Canadian fan club !
    Vivian Wilde Edmonton Ab

  5. janice November 27, 2005 at 10:34 PM

    I went to school in Galena Park Texas and a close friend can’t remember her name married a Ben I think Speer about 1950. He was a Gospel singer and looked like the pictures I see of Ben Speer. He would be about 70-75 now.

  6. Anonymous May 15, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Has or Is Ben Speer married?

  7. Anonymous May 26, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    Is Ben married ?I don’t know and really don’t care.His singing and music touches my soul in a very special way.
    I understand from Gaither Paper he has two dogs…better to have two dogs with wagging tails greet you when you get home,then wife with wagging tongue !!
    Vivian

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