Bill Bailey’s name has been synonymous in the southern gospel music world for over 30 years. As one of the nation’s leading concert promoters, his events have spanned the southeast and included most every major southern gospel artist in the industry. What is even more amazing is that he promoted his very first concert at the age of 16. He has received numerous awards and achievements throughout these years, and also served as President of the Southern Gospel Promoters’ Association. He was named the 2008 “Promoter of the Year” by the Southern Gospel Promoters Association at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
Although gospel music has been a large part of his life, Bill Bailey’s passion is to preach the Gospel and pastor his church. For the past 29 years, he has pastored at Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton, Florida. Hundreds of people gather each week to the non-denominational church, and enjoy sound Bible preaching from Pastor Bailey and anointed Gospel Music in worship. It is also not uncommon to see a major southern gospel group appearing at the church on any given Sunday night.
Because of Pastor Bailey’s vast experience in the pastoral ministry and the gospel music industry, he is often a confidante to many artists – literally being their “pastor on the road”. In 2003, Bailey teamed with the Perrys to provide their ministry with some personal management and guidance. Although he insists he is not in the “management business”, his close relationship with Tracy and Libbi Stuffle (of the Perrys) was formalized to assist them in their career and family goals. The Perrys were voted “Favorite Mixed Quartet” at The Singing News Fan Awards in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Many gospel music festivals and events are now including speakers for chapel services, or brief messages during the main concert prior to an invitation. At the urging and prodding of many of his peers and friends in gospel music, Pastor Bill Bailey has decided to accept a limited number of invitations for speaking engagements in 2013. He is available for chapel services, worship services, main concert speaker, seminar speaker, or as an event host (mc).
Bill Bailey resides in Bradenton, Florida along with his wife of 29 years, Sally, their three children – Caleb (25), Chelsea (23), Caitlyn (20), and their Grandchildren, Rowan (3), Jeremiah (2), and Cade (infant).