Bill Bailey’s name has been synonymous in the southern gospel music world for over 34 years. As one of the nation’s leading concert promoters, his events have spanned the US 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 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, KY; and more recently in 2014 by the Christian Voice magazine. He was also honored with a front cover feature in the February, 2019 issue of Singing News magazine, southern gospel’s largest publication.
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 30 years, he’s served as Senior Pastor of the 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. He also ministers regularly on the SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN), as a guest Pastor.
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.
Pastor Bill was honored to host two nights of the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN in 2018 and 2019; and will be returning in 2020. In the fall of 2019, he joined the Board of Directors of Abraham Productions, one of the largest and most respected concert production companies in the Gospel Music industry. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Gospel Music Association, which oversees the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame & Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
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 2020. He is available for chapel services, worship services, main concert speaker, seminar speaker, or as an event host (mc). For more information, please call (941) 756-6942 or log onto http://www.billbaileyconcerts.com/ or http://www.happygospelchurch.com/.
Bill Bailey resides in Bradenton, Florida along with his wife of 30 years, Sally. They have three adult children, four grandchildren, and two 10 yo foster children (Ariel and Ariyanna).