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Over the past few months I have had quit a few request to let people know more about me in my bio. To share more indebt information. So I decided that thatâs what I am going to do. So some of this is old info but for the most part this is my life story.
I was born on June the 27th 1974 in Holy Springs MS to parents Buddy and Pauline Gordon. I was raised in Pontotoc MS until my parents was divorced in the early 80âs I always knew deep down inside that I would be called to the ministry, and I think I even knew that I would be a singer and musician. I got my first guitar for my 8th birth day. I beat around on it but for a short while but then lost interest. I never had to many friends in school as I was in special ed. Yea I Know, imagine that Edd in special ed. So I guess it goes with out saying that I was the butt of a lot of jokes. As time went on I was trying to find my self. Find out what I was good for so to speak. It wasnât until I quit school at age 14, till I got back into the music thing. I got a Job working in my fatherâs furniture plant for $50 a week witch did not seem like much, but it did provide me with the money to buy my first electric guitar. I found it in a pawn shop across the street from my fatherâs plant. I remember I gave $30 for it. I was really proud of that guitar. I really got serious about music at that point in my life, But the truth is, I was no good. I could not figure it out. Around this same time I was really in to movies about music, Labamba was one of my favorite. I seen the movie Crossroads a few weeks later witch was about a Mississippi blues man who sold his soul to the devil to play the blues. Now being a struggling musician to be, I was a little curious about this. Rather or not it was true. Could you really do that?
Then one Sunday morning at church during the altar call I decided that I was not interested in making a deal with the devil. I knelt down at an old fashion altar and told God that if he would give me the gift of music that is to say to play the guitar that I would play it only for him. Now I know some people donât believe in this sort of thing and thatâs ok with me. But when I got up from that altar I was a changed man. I had already been saved for a few years. But from then on I donât remember ever having a problem learning anything on the guitar. I was on the platform of that same small Pentecostal church playing every week In no time. The ironic thing is the name of the church was Crossroads.
It wasnât long after that till I was singing too. While God gets all the glory for my music I must say that if it wasnât for people like the pastor of that church Bro. David Bishop, many young people like myself would never make it any ware in gospel music. So I thank it goes without saying that him and men of God like him should never have to wonder if they are appreciated for all their work for the Lord. So I say to you Bro. David Bishop Thanks for every thing.
After a while of playing gospel music, I backslid and indeed up playing in a heavy metal band with people who did not even believe in God. So much for promises to Godâ¦..Yea I did just what I said I would never do. I went back on my promise to the Lord. All the time I was convicted in my heart but I had no idea how far away I was getting from God. But even though I had turned my back on God, he never turned his back on me. Little did I know as I was playing Heavy Metal God was working for me when I did not even know. He sent a man into my life by the name of Joe Snider who befriended me and got me a position as a lead guitarist for a local southern gospel group. It was no time till I was back in church going stronger then ever before.
That brings us to about age 19, at this point I got marred and moved to Kansas for a short spell. When we moved back to Mississippi I resaved the call to preach. It started out just every now and then but before long it was every week. It was a grate time in my life to say the least. After I had been preaching for a few years we started a family group called The Gordonâs 2nd Generation .Now there is an old saying that what goes around comes around and I guess it is true because when we started the group we needed a bass player and who was the first person that came to mined, non other than the man who God had used just a few years before to pull me from the devils snare when he got me a position as lead guitarist for the group he played for, Joe Snider . As it turns out when we called on him to play bass it helped to pull him back in the right direction in his walk with God, Just like back when god used him to pull me back.
Our group went for about 5 are 6 years playing pretty regular across the south. It was some where in the 4rth year of the group being together that I took a small country church to pastor. For a year are so I pastured the church and traveled around singing to. As far as I was concerned my life was right on track and I had finely felt for the first time in my life like I was in God perfect will. But little did I know that my life was fixing to get turned upside down. I was out side cutting the grass one day and God gave me the words to a song (Through it all) a few days down the road and God began to talk to me and tell me that I was fixing to go through the biggest trial in my life, and that was what the song was for, to let me know that he would be with me through it all. Well with in a few months the group had broken up, I lost the church I was pasturing, My wife left me and in that time I had a huge fall from grace myself. After it was all said and done I felt dead inside. In a two year span my life went from its highest point to its lowest. And just like God promised he was there with me through the hole thing. I got so cold in the Lord in this time that when ever I would try to pray, all could say was I need your mercy, I need your grace. I never did back slide but I got real close to it. One day while I was praying my new found mercy and grace prayer I picket up my guitar and started to sing the prayer kind of like David would do in the Bible.
Now here is how God works, In my hardest times God gave me my two most meaningful songs. Through It All and I Need Your Grace. Well one thing I forgot to mention is that I had a lot of stuff in my head that I was taught about God and church through out my life, dogmatic stuff like how mean and angry God was and every time you messed up you was no longer saved. Now right before my wife left I had prayed for God to clean me of those things. Well now her I was so cold in the Lord that I wisent even sure if God was real are not. This scared me to death until one day I mustard enough faith to get more the two words out of a prayer. I ask God what was going on with me, and he let me know that what was happening was my prayer was being answered. That he was cleaning me of all those things I had ask him to. So the next thing I know is one day I woke up. And everything I felt like I had lost in my spirit had returned, only the junk that was holding me back, the dogmatic stuff didnât make it back. I tell you I felt just like Job in the bible. I had lost a lot, but even though the group did not get back together, the wife did come back, and I did not get my church back I got something even more wonderful, a relationship with God that no can put asunder. You see in the past my relationship with God depended on what I was taught by man it should be. But now itâs all about God and myself.
Ok so let us skip a few years now. 2003 I started writing songs for my first solo album (Out Of The Valley) this album would be produced and recorded by God and my self. Now I know that sounds a little corny but that is just the way it is. I wanted it to come from the heart so I did not want any one messing it up as I was really disappointed with the group album we had done a few years before. Plus this way if anything was messed up I could blame no one but my self. I recorded the album on the computer using studio software and completed it in 2005 this album opened up a lot of doors for me. I even had a few radio stations form around the country ask for cdâs to play. One of the songs to be on the album was I Need Your Grace. In 2007 I was put in touch with producer Randy Stalls in North Carolina He wanted to me to come up and record it again. I almost did not do it cause I could not afford it, after praying about it God made a way so and me and my brother Jackie went up in a couple days had it done. This became my first song to actually be released to national radio. It amazed me how well it done on the charts despite the fact that a lot of stations said it was to long to be radio friendly it made it in the top 40 on several southern gospel, Christian country and contemporary Christian charts. Even earning a coveted number 2 spot on the CMP Christian Country chart. In 2008 I recorded another independent CD entitled Acoustic Influence, It was a acoustic journey through the different stiles and kinds of music that helped to shape and mould me as a musician over the years. I did not release any of the songs off it to radio. All the while I had been working on a new album that I ended up calling Faith, Grace And Joy. I Need Your Grace the new version would be on it along with one of the acoustic songs and 8 more. Now 3 of the songs I produced myself, but the other 5 I new I needed help with. So I called on Randal Wilds