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The Forbes Family

The traditional sounds of bluegrass-gospel are resurrected through the performances and recordings of the Forbes Family. In the two decades since they recorded their debut album, the two brothers (Homer and Jay) and two sisters (Lori and Lisa) have used their vocal harmonies to proclaim their faith and religious convictions. Although they took a hiatus from music from 1988 until 1994, the Forbes Family have produced some of the most powerful recordings in the years since their reorganization. The Forbes Family remains a family effort. Homer Forbes (born 1961) is the band's leader, playing banjo and singing lead and harmony vocals; Jay Forbes (born 1963) plays mandolin and guitar and sings bass; Lori Forbes Slate (born 1962) plays acoustic bass and sings vocal harmonies; and Lisa Forbes Roberts (born 1965) is the group's lead singer.

Born in the southeastern Pennsylvania city of New Oxford, the Forbes Family cut their first album in a local recording studio in 1977. Rehearsing after school, the four siblings continued to develop their soul-inspiring sound. Moving briefly with their parents to Greenville, TN, in 1979, they returned to Littletown, PA, a year later. After recording four more albums for a local recording studio, they signed with bluegrass label Rebel Records in 1984. Their first album for the label, Gleams of That Golden Morning, was released shortly after they relocated, on their own, to Mt. Airy, NC. They recorded two more albums for Rebel in the 1980s: Outside the Gates in 1986 and Farewell in 1988. Forced by family obligations to return to Pennsylvania, the group disbanded.

Performing again at local churches and community concerts, the Forbes Family reunited in 1994. The same year, Rebel Records released a compilation of their early recordings, The Best of the Early Forbes Family. The Forbes Family recorded their first studio album in six years, I'll Look to Him, in 1995. They followed it with In the Shadow of Your Wings, which was produced by Ron Block, a songwiter, arranger, and banjo player, and featured musical accompaniment by Alison Krauss' band, Union Station. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Forbes Family Treasury, Vol. 1

1. It Is I, Be Not Afraid

2. Two Roads

3. Jesus Gave Me Water

4. The Other Side Of Life

5. My Rock

6. Lord, I'll Be Loving You

7. The Whale Swallowed Jonah

8. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming

9. It's Just Like Heaven

10. Sacred Memories

11. Fill My Way Every Day With Love

12. A Vision Of Mother

13. Living In The Name Of Love

14. I Need Jesus

15. Blessed Assurance

16. Something That The World Didn't Give Me

17. Talk About Suffering

18. In My Robe Of White

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Track List: A Forbes Family Treasury (Vol. 2)

1. Gleams Of That Golden Morning

2. Lord, Don't Leave Me Here

3. The Old Ship Of Zion

4. Lord, Stay Near

5. Jesus, I'll Never Forget

6. Come Unto Me

7. Gloryland

8. Just Over Yonder

9. Softly And Tenderly

10. I'm Just A Pilgrim

11. I Have A Father Who Can

12. Daddy, I Miss You At Home

13. Things I Used To Do

14. Wnen I'm Sleeping In The Grave

15. Feel Like My Time Ain't Long

16. Satan's Jeweled Crown

17. You Never Mentioned Him To Me

18. I Just Want To Thank You Lord

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Track List: I'm Just A Pilgrim

1. Lord I'll Be Loving You

2. I'm Just A Pilgrim

3. Medals For Mother

4. Jesus I'll Never Forget

5. Nowhere But To Jesus

6. Talk About Suffering

7. These Are They

8. Lord I Can't Picture Me Without You

9. Vision Of Mother

10. I Need Jesus

11. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

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Track List: Gleams Of That Golden Morning

1. Living In The Name Of Love

2. The Old Ship Of Zion

3. The Other Side Of Life

4. Just Over Yonder

5. Daddy I Miss You At Home

6. Gleams Of That Golden Morning

7. More Precious Than Gold

8. In My Robe Of White

9. In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul

10. Sleeping In The Grave

11. Come Unto Me

12. Gloryland

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Track List: Best Of The Early Forbes Family

1. Living In The Name Of Love

2. The Old Ship Of Zion

3. The Other Side Of Life

4. Lord Don't Leave Me Here

5. Just Over Yonder

6. I Need Jesus

7. These Are They

8. Daddy I Miss You At Home

9. Gleams Of That Golden Morning

10. Jesus I'll Never Forget

11. More Precious Than Gold

12. In My Robe Of White

13. In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul

14. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming

15. Sleeping In The Grave

16. Come Unto Me

17. Gloryland

18. Feel Like My Time Ain't Long

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