Guy Penrod is a 60-year-old American musician, actor, and TV host with a height of 6 feet 2 inches. Best known for his gigs in the gospel music industry, Penrod’s net worth is currently $4 million and he is married with eight children.
The gospel and country musician started making music right from his days as a high school student. Following his graduation from college, he joined the Gaither Vocal Band and did exploits for almost one and a half decades before deciding to go solo. Guy’s solo career produced eight successful albums and in the course of his music career, the American vocalist swept a few prestigious awards. He is also a Hall of Famer.
Summary of Guy Penrod’s Biography
- Full Name: Guy Penrod
- Gender: Male
- Date of Birth: end of July 1963
- Guy Penrod’s Age: 60
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Guy Penrod’s Husband (Wife): Angie Clark
- Guy Penrod’s Children: Eight
- Guy Penrod’s Parents: Reverend Joseph Loren (father): and Barbara Gray Penrod (mother)
- Guy Penrod’s Height in Inches: 6 feet 2 inches
- Guy Penrod’s Height in Centimetres: 187 cm
- Guy Penrod’s Weight: 98 k9
- Guy Penrod’s Net Worth: $4 million
- Famous For: Being a Gospel musician
- Guy Penrod’s s Instagram: @guypenrod
- Twitter: @GuyPenrod
- Facebook: @Guy Penrod
What Is Guy Penrod’s Age?
Guy Penrod is currently 60 years old. He was born on the 2nd of July 1963 in Abilene, Texas, United States, but his family later relocated to Hobbs, New Mexico, where he spent a better part of his formative years. He is obviously an American by nationality, but ethnicity-wise, he is said to be White. Penrod currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee in the US.
The musician’s full name is Guy Allen Penrod, and he is the son of Rev. Joseph Loren “Joe” Penrod, a reverend gentleman who pastored Temple Baptist Church. On the other hand, his mum is Barbara Gray Penrod, but the details of her professional life are unknown.
The only grey area in Guy Penrod’s early life is information about his siblings. However, many have speculated that he may be an only child, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Talking about his academic journey, Guy passed through Hobbs High School. His days as a high school student were quite memorable, as that was when he created his debut album. After graduation, he joined Liberty University for further studies.
How Tall Is Guy Penrod?
Guy Penrod has a gigantic height; the American artist measures 6 feet 2 inches in height, which is the same as 187 centimeters.
Penrod weighs 89 kg or 198 pounds in body mass. He has light brown eyes and blond hair, which he constantly wears long.
Who Is Guy Penrod’s Wife?
Guy Penrod is a married man, and his wife is an American woman called Angie Clark. The couple met during their days as students of Liberty University and went on to date for three years before Penrod popped the big question to his love interest.
The duo scheduled their wedding in 1985 on the exact day that Guy became a college graduate. Their wedding ceremony was an evening affair with family and friends present. The bride was the center of attraction in her flowing white gown, while the groom appeared in a black tuxedo.
Following their nuptials, Guy and Angie relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he continued pursuing his gospel music career.
The Penrod family is close-knit, as the couple has frequently demonstrated their unconditional love for each other. Their union is listed as one of the most successful marriages in the music industry as the duo have successfully lived together as man and wife for 38 years and are still going strong.
The fact that their union is inching towards four decades does not mean that it has been totally devoid of matrimonial issues. In fact, Angie and Guy were rumored to be headed for the divorce court in May 2015, but all of a sudden, they rolled out a huge party for their 30th wedding anniversary.
How Many Children Does Guy Penrod Have?
Guy Penrod and his lifelong wife, Angie, have a large family. They are parents to eight children – seven boys and one girl. The boys in the Penrod brood include Grayson, Joe, Jesse, Levi, Taylor, Logan, and Zachariah. The only daughter in the family is named Lacy Penrod. Though the order of birth for the children is unknown, Lucy is said to be the baby of the family and was born in 2006, while the oldest is Tyler.
Nothing is known about the personal and professional lives of the Penrod brood, but it is a known fact that they were all home-schooled. However, the oldest boy, Tyler, went to Liberty University like his music star dad; from what is obvious, he replicated Guy’s story in Liberty. Guy’s first son also met the woman who would become his wife as a student at the academic institution. Levy and Grayson also went to Liberty University.
Tyler and his love interest, Ashley Marie Steffens, started dating immediately after they met, and in September 2015, they tied the marital knot. Who would be more eligible to officiate at their wedding than Guy himself, who is also a pastor? Guy took a lot of pride in joining Tyler and Ashley at the Tennessee-based Penrod family farm.
One of his sons, Joe, is married to Kaitlin, and according to Guy’s Instagram handle, they are expecting a daughter.
Guy Penrod is not just a father of eight; the American gospel artist is also a grandfather to three grandchildren. His grandkids are all girls born to Logan, Jesse, and Joe.
Through his social media handles, fans learned that he is a complete family man and loves spending quality time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
His Instagram handle @guypenrod always features videos and images of his family members. There was one adorable picture where the singer was spotted holding his newborn granddaughter in his arms.
What Is Guy Penrod’s Net Worth?
The most recent estimation of Guy Penrod’s net worth was a handsome $4 million as of early September 2023, but in early 2021, it was estimated at $3 million. The American gospel musician owes a lion’s share of his wallet to his music career. He generated a lot of income from selling his CDs, DVDs, royalties, and more.
Most of his songs and albums charted on the Billboard 100 several times. At a point in his career life, Penrod dabbled into TV hosting and recorded a few gigs as an actor.
Guy Penrod’s Early Career
As earlier mentioned, Guy started his career as far back as his days as a student of Hobbs High School when he completed the production of his debut album. However, following his college graduation, he scored a job as a studio singer.
He was also seen working as a backup vocalist to A-list singers such as Carman, Steve Green, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain. The gospel artist also worked with Michael W. Smith (this happened during the 1980s), James Ingram, and Phillips.
There was a time that Opryland employed him in 1987 when the singer performed for the Stamps Quartet. Guy also did exploits as a member of his church choir.
His Gig with Bill Gaither’s Vocal Band Announced Him to a Wider Audience
While working as a backup singer for prominent musicians, Guy Penrod got acquainted with Bill Gaither. Bill is the man behind the formation of the famous Gaither Vocal Band. Impressed with his performance and what he has achieved in the music industry as of then, Bill admitted Penrod into his band as a lead vocalist in 1994.
The exploits Guy did with Gaither’s Vocal Band were what first earned him international recognition as a gospel artist. His broad singing range and powerful voice made him a household name in the industry. Guy was the frontman when the Gaither Homecoming Records was at its peak, performing all over the United States and Canada.
The band equally put up successful performances in Europe, Africa, and Australia, further broadening the lead vocalist’s horizon. In 1999, Guy Penrod collaborated with Glen Payne (Cathedral Quartet’s lead singer) in a duet, which was later accomplished for the duo’s Farewell Celebration video.
In all, Guy recorded a total of 12 albums in association with Gaither Vocal Band before deciding to strive for greater heights in his music career.
Why Did Guy Penrod Leave Gaither Vocal Band?
Guy’s reasons for opting to leave the Gaither Vocal Band were never specified, but many sources claim it was his passion for launching a solo career that led him to leave.
Penrod announced his exit from the band on the 13th of January 2009 and was replaced by Michael English and David Phelps; both vocalists also exited from the band at a point but later went back.
He went Solo in 2009
Penrod went on to spend 15 long years with the famed Gaither Vocal Band, but in 2009,he decided to go solo. As the year rolled by, he had his nose to the grindstone, working on his debut solo album entitled Breathe Deep in collaboration with the Servant Records label. The album eventually hit the music stand in August 2008.
The album was well-received by fans and is listed as the production credit of Brent Rowan, a veteran studio musician and country music producer. This time, Guy shifted from gospel to infuse the album with some real country music, though a good number of the tracks came with Christian undertones.
With the level of fame he had achieved so far, it was no surprise that Guy Penrod became an inductee into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Barely one year after his debut solo album hit the music stand, Guy dropped his second, Hymns, in 2012. Immediately after its release, Hymns hit the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart at #1. Before the end of 2012, the album was listed among the top-selling Southern Christian albums of the year. It ended up selling over 100,000 units.
In all, Guy Penrod dropped a total of eight albums in his career as a solo musician. Notable among his later works is his 7th album, Blessed Assurance, which dropped in February 2018. The album featured 12 newly recorded tracks.
Today, Penrod is best recognized for his single, The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference, and his efforts in the music industry have not gone unnoticed. In addition to being a Hall of Famer, the gospel cum country musician has swept up a few prestigious awards on his way to stardom.
His album, Lovin’ Life, earned him a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album. He is equally a winner of the GMA DOVE award; this happened during his time with Gaither Vocal Band. During the National Quartet Convention of 2013, Guy emerged as the winner of the Soloist of the Year award.
Guy Penrod is quite distinct from other musicians who go into the industry for fame and fortune alone. According to him, his music career prioritized ministry; fame and fortune are some added advantages that followed.
Does Guy Penrod Still Perform?
Yes, Guy Penrod is still relevant in the music industry as the former frontman of the Gaither Vocal Band still performs in shows, tours, and concerts across the globe. In fact, his schedule for 2024 tours and concerts is already out.
Guy Penrod has Functioned as a Host on Television
Penrod’s career is not just about music; he has also worked on TV as a show host.
Joining the Daystar Television Network program Gospel Music Showcase in 2012, Guy acted as its host. The program, which airs on Saturdays, is quite popular and revolves around southern gospel music. It became so popular that it won an Emmy Award.
Penrod is also associated with the “Grand Ole Opry” as he recorded appearances as a guest artist on its stage.
He has a few Acting Credits
Acting is not one of Guy’s strong points, but he appeared in a few productions on TV. The TV show Gaither’s Pond first featured him as Guppie Penrod before he joined the cast of Touched by an Angel, another show where he depicted the character of Kevin Winslow.
The American gospel musician, actor, and TV host reportedly appeared as himself in other TV shows, but the details are unknown.
Did Guy Penrod Suffer From a Heart Attack?
While he was still the lead vocalist of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod reportedly suffered some chest pains that led him to postpone his concert with the band in August 2012.
After he visited the hospital, his physicians prescribed a routine heart procedure for his recovery. However, when the news of his health condition got to fans and the public, it became so distorted that people started claiming the man suffered a fatal heart attack, which is far from the truth.
The truth is that Guy fully recovered from the chest pain and is currently hale and hearty.