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Indiana dedicates state road to honor gospel musicians Bill and Gloria Gaither



Alexandria, Indiana – Officials celebrated two Hoosiers who have won eight Grammy Awards on Friday by naming the Bill and Gloria Gaither Highway through their hometown.

The gospel singers “have traveled the world wide and far, spreading their love of music and the gospel with talent and grace,” said a Friday post on the Facebook page of Gov. Eric Holcomb. “No matter how far from home their adventures took them, for the Gaithers, all roads always led to Indiana, to their beloved Alexandria.”

The singers, both age 86, also attended the event. Songs they’ve put together include “The Longer I Serve Him,” “Because He Lives,” “He Touched Me” and “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name.” Gloria often writes the lyrics; Bill, the music.

The award was presented at a gathering on Friday morning at the Gaithers’ recording studio and family support center. Among those present were Todd Naselroad, the Republican mayor of Alexandria, and the Republican governor.

A Friday post on the city government’s Facebook page said, “Our community holds great pride in being the ‘HOME OF THE GAITHER’S’ if anyone questions that fact, have them look at our water tower!”

During the occasion, Mike Smith, the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation, officially changed the name of State Road 28.