Kenny Bishop

Kenny Bishop

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

For over 25 years Kenny has performed on stages, television and radio around the world. His gentle approach draws audiences close, and his ability to communicate leaves them entertained and encouraged.

Biography

For nearly twenty years Kenny traveled with his dad and his brother in one of Christian music's most popular Southern Gospel trios. The Bishops garnered several industry and fan awards including the coveted Dove Award as well as numerous number one and top ten songs. The group made a name for themselves appearing on television and stages all across America. Their songs were constants on most every radio station and program that featured Southern Gospel music. After thousands of miles, more than two dozen recordings and hundreds of songs, the Bishops, as a group, retired in 2001.

After several years away from performing, Kenny returned to the studio and the stage with a recording that features songs reflecting his renewed spirit and refocused mission. The success of his return record made headlines with a surprise GRAMMY nomination and two Dove Award nominations.

Recent feature articles in major, main-stream music publications have brought added notoriety to Kenny's story of success and struggle in the Gospel music industry. This attention, coupled with a new understanding of his mission and purpose, has allowed Kenny to take his message of love-beyond-limits to many who considered themselves unwanted or neglected by God. His writings and podcasts are popular stops on the Internet.

MEDIA APPEARANCES INCLUDE:
Billboard Magazine
Country Weekly Magazine
Cashbox Magazine
USA Today
Fox News Channel
CNN
C-SPAN
PBS
Associated Press
TNN's Nashville Now
Crook & Chase
Trinity Broadcasting Network
John Hagee's Cornerstone
Singing News Magazine
US Gospel News
SGN Scoops
Several local independent & network TV stations
Several regional and local newspapers

STAGE APPEARANCES INCLUDE:
The Grand Ole Opry
Christian Booksellers Association
Seminar In the Smokies - Estes Park, CO
LifeLight Festival - Sioux Falls, SD
Gaither Homecoming Tour
Southern Baptist Convention
Gaither Family Fest - Gatlinburg, TN
GMA Week - Nashville, TN
National Quartet Convention

AWARDS & HONORS INCLUDE:
GRAMMY nominee - 2007
GMA Dove Award nominee - 2007
GMA Dove Award - The Bishops
Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Young Artist, Favorite Trio - The Bishops
Gospel Voice Diamond Awards - Favorite Trio - The Bishops
Cashbox Magazine - Best New Artist - The Bishops
The Bishops earned several number one and top ten songs.

Lyrics

Don't Let Who You Are Keep You Away

Written By: Kenny Bishop

-VERSE 1
She met a man who loved her as she was.
They met while she was going to a well.
With all her past to push him back, he loved her anyway.
Don't let who you are keep you away.

-CHORUS
Don't let who you are keep you away.
Don't let who you think you are think you can't be saved.
Who is the man or woman who has traveled beyond grace?
Don't let who you are keep you away.

-VERSE 2
He wasn't happy with the God he'd known.
The rules left no provision for His love.
So in the darkness of the night, his doubts were met with grace.
Don't let who you are keep you away.

-CHORUS
Don't let who you are keep you away.
Don't let who you think you are think you can't be saved.
Who is the man or woman who has traveled beyond grace?
Don't let who you are keep you away.

-VERSE 3
You can't get past the things you've said and done.
You face the stark reminders everyday.
When others say you've gone too far, they say you can't be saved.
He says, "Don't let who you are keep you away."

-BRIDGE
Would He have offered if He didn't care?
He wants to love you. He wants to hold you close today.

-CHORUS
So don't let who you are keep you away.
Don't let who you think you are think you can't be saved.
Who is the man or woman who has traveled beyond grace?
Don't let who you are keep you away.

TAG
Who is the man or woman who has traveled beyond grace?
Don't let who you are keep you away.

© 2006 Christian Taylor Music, BMI
(a division of Daywind Music Publishing)

It's Never Too Late

Written By: Kenny Bishop & Caleb Collins

-VERSE 1
You say your past rules your tomorrow.
You say your sin has taken you too far.
You say your life is shattered and broken.
But my God today knows just where you are.

-CHORUS
It's never too late for you to start over.
It's never too late to begin again.
It's never too late to run to the Father.
It's never too late. It's never too late.

-VERSE 2
He say's your past can soon be forgotten.
And He says your sins can be washed away.
He says your life can be healed and mended.
And God says today it's never too late.

-CHORUS
It's never too late for you to start over.
It's never too late to begin again.
It's never too late to run to the Father.
It's never too late. It's never too late.

-CHORUS
It's never too late for you to start over.
It's never too late to begin again.
It's never too late to run to the Father.
It's never too late. It's never too late.

-CHORUS
It's never too late. It's never too late.
It's never too late. It's never too late.
It's never too late. It's never too late.
It's never too late. It's never too late.

© 2006 Christian Taylor Music, BMI
(a division of Daywind Music Publishing)

I Can't Believe What Grace Has Done For Me

Written By: Kenny Bishop & Adam Kohout

-VERSE 1
The part of me that's proud just wouldn't let go.
Life was going good while I traveled my own road.
When I could I had my say then God showed me a better way.

-CHORUS
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
Knowing where it's from it still amazes me.
I shouldn't be surprised.
It's been right there before my eyes.
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
What grace has done for me.

-VERSE 2
We all live with the choices we make.
Where I am today reminds me of His grace.
Lord, help me keep in view the life I live is because of You.

-CHORUS
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
Knowing where it's from it still amazes me.
I shouldn't be surprised.
It's been right there before my eyes.
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
What grace has done for me.

-BRIDGE
I can't believe (what grace has done).
Oh, I can't believe (what grace has done).
Lord, help me keep in view the life I live is because of you.

-CHORUS
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
Knowing where it's from it still amazes me.
I shouldn't be surprised.
It's been right there before my eyes.
I can't believe what grace has done for me.
What grace has done for me.

TAG
What grace has done for me.
What grace has done for me.
I can't believe.
What grace has done for me.

Adam Kohout & Kenny Bishop
© 2006 Asheville Music Publishing, BMI
(administered by ICG)
© 2006 Christian Taylor Music, BMI
(a division of Daywind Music Publishing)

Lord, Have Mercy

Written By: Sonya Isaacs & Becky Isaacs Bowman

-CHORUS
Lord, have mercy.
Everybody needs mercy.
For we all have sinned and we all fall short of your glory.
I wanna know mercy - so I'm gonna show mercy.
Help me do unto others as You have done unto me.
Lord, have mercy.

-VERSE 1
Lord, help me lift up my brother.
Not kick him when he's down.
Help me love him back to You.
And not talk about him all over town.
Who am I to judge - I'm not his maker.
If you did not condemn then how can I?

-CHORUS
Lord, have mercy.
Everybody needs mercy.
For we all have sinned and we all fall short of your glory.
I wanna know mercy - so I'm gonna show mercy.
Help me do unto others as You have done unto me.
Lord, have mercy.

-VERSE 2
What kind of seeds are we sowing?
What kind of grace will we reap?
Are we too busy throwing stones to lend a hand to someone in need?
Father, lead us not into temptation.
Deliver us from evil Lord we pray.

-CHORUS
Lord, have mercy.
Everybody needs mercy.
For we all have sinned and we all fall short of your glory.
I wanna know mercy - so I'm gonna show mercy.
Help me do unto others as You have done unto me.
Lord, have mercy.

Sonya Isaacs and Becky Isaacs Bowman
© 2006 Makem Smile Music/R.I. Bowman Music, BMI
(both administered by ICG)

More Than Amazing

Written By: Woody Wright

-VERSE 1
How many days have I seen sorrow?
How many nights have I cried?
How many friends have I lost to tomorrow?
How many of my dreams have died?
More than I ever imagined.
More than I thought I would see.
So more of His grace each day He sends to me.

-CHORUS
That's more than amazing. It's unbelievable,
Never ending and free.
His grace is so much more than amazing to me.

-VERSE 2
How many times have I strayed from the pathway?
How many tales have I spun?
How many words have been taken the wrong way?
How many wrongs have I done?
More than I care to remember.
More than I thought there could be.
Yet more of His grace each day He sends to me.

-CHORUS
That's more than amazing. It's unbelievable,
Never ending and free.
His grace is so much more than amazing to me.

-BRIDGE
More of His grace each day He sends to me.

-CHORUS
That's more than amazing. It's unbelievable,
Never ending and free.
His grace is so much more than amazing to me.

Woody Wright
© 2005 Would He Write Songs, SESAC
(administered by Gaither Copyright Management)

Out of Mercy's Way

Written By: Gerald Crabb

-VERSE 1
An angry crowd had gathered, that day they brought her forth.
Her penalty for sin would bring her death.
In their scheme to trap the Savior, with His words of compromise
They were unprepared for what He did and said.
He stooped down and with His finger, wrote something in the dirt.
Followed by a statement so profound.
He said," Let he that is without sin cast the first stone at this woman."
She heard as many stones dropped to the ground.

-CHORUS
There is a time for our opinions and our philosophies.
A time to speak the things that we hold true.
A place for us to stand our ground and never move an inch.
Unshaken by the circumstance in view.
But there will come a day, when there is nothing we can say.
We must step aside, get out of mercy's way.

-BRIDGE
Lord, help me never be a hindrance to a desperate soul in need.
But use me Lord and give me words to say.
If I can't look through eyes of empathy, please help me hold my peace.
And just step aside out of mercy's way.

-CHORUS
There is a time for our opinions and our philosophies.
A time to speak the things that we hold true.
A place for us to stand our ground and never move an inch.
Unshaken by the circumstance in view.
But there will come a day, when there is nothing we can say.
We must step aside, get out of mercy's way.

-TAG
But there will come a day, when there is nothing we can say.
We must just step aside, get out of mercy's way.
Out of mercy's way.
Out of mercy's way
Out of mercy's way.
Out of mercy's way.

© 2006 Christian Taylor Music/Crabb Town Music, BMI
(both administered by Daywind Music Publishing)

God Is Looking At My Heart

Written By: Woody Wright

-VERSE 1
When I smile, when I frown,
When my world is upside down,
When I reach the goal or when I miss the mark,
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-VERSE 2
When I'm good, when I'm bad,
When I'm happy, when I'm sad,
When it looks like I'm about to fall apart,
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-CHORUS
Well I'm rough around the edges, but He looks deep within.
He's only concerned about what's underneath my skin.

-VERSE 3
When I'm high, when I'm low,
When I stay or when I go,
When my song's a hit or no where near the chart,
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-TA
(4 bars)

-VERSE 4
When my hair's a little long,
And when my wardrobe is all wrong,
Well brother, in His eyes I'm still a work of art,
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-VERSE 5
I may not look as good as you,
And do things you'd never do,
He made us differently to play our different parts.
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-CHORUS
Well I'm rough around the edges, but He looks deep within.
He's only concerned about what's underneath my skin.

-VERSE 6
Some are big. Some are small.
Praise the Lord He loves us all,
It doesn't matter if we're dumb or super smart.
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

-TAG
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.
I'm so glad God is looking at my heart.

Woody Wright
© 2006 Would He Write Songs, SESAC
(administered by Gaither Copyright Management)

I Need You More Today

Written By: Dawn Smoot Doss

-VERSE 1
There are decisions I can't make on my own.
And there are trials I can't face all alone.
But You said You'd walk with me down life's troubled road.
And You said, "Come unto me. I'll bear your heavy load"

-CHORUS
I need You more today than I did yesterday.
Mountains are higher. Rivers are wider.
I need You more today than I did yesterday.
Help me remember I need You more today.

-VERSE 2
When I wake up in the morning and I fear to face the day.
Let me feel Your gentle hand leading the way.
Yesterday has come and gone with those trials far behind
But I'm ever learning Lord.
And everyday I find.

-CHORUS
I need You more today than I did yesterday.
Mountains are higher. Rivers are wider.
I need You more today than I did yesterday.
Help me remember I need You more today.

-TAG
Help me remember I need You more today.
Help me remember...
I need you more today...

Dawn Smoot Doss
Chestnut Mound Music, BMI
(administered by Cal IV Entertainment)

Under The Influence of Mercy

Written By: Woody Wright

-VERSE 1
When a brother fell and broke the Lord's command,
I was quick to judge and slow to understand.
When a sister had a struggle,
I said, "You're reaping what you've sown."
Then I found some trouble of my own.

-CHORUS
Now I'm under the influence of mercy.
My perception has been altered by His grace.
I see things in a different light.
I walk by faith and not by sight.
If you notice something different about me.
I am under the influence of mercy.

-VERSE 2
These days I'm more inclined to lend a hand.
And try to make a difference when I can.
Through the tests and trials I won't grumble or complain.
I'll count it joy and I will gladly say.

-CHORUS
I am under the influence of mercy.
My perception has been altered by His grace.
I see things in a different light.
I walk by faith and not by sight.
If you notice something different about me.
I am under the influence of mercy.

-BRIDGE
I've been given unconditional love.
I will never be the same.

-CHORUS
I am under the influence of mercy.
My perception has been altered by His grace.
I see things in a different light.
I walk by faith and not by sight.
If you notice something different about me.
I am under the influence of mercy.

-TAG
Under the influence of mercy.

Woody Wright
© 2006 Would He Write Songs, SESAC
(administered by Gaither Copyright Management)

The Prodigal's Dad

Written By: Jeff Steele

-VERSE 1
You may not know me. - My son gets a lot of the story.
He went away. - Right here I stayed and kept the home fires burning.
In the heat of the day - at night the same way - I just kept searching.
Life is hard - I am so sad - You see, I'm the prodigal's dad.

-VERSE 2
I hear them saying, "By now his life is only a memory.
It's been so long, all hope is gone of him ever returning."
But still I make my way to the roof everyday - watching and praying.
Maybe soon I will be glad - you see I'm the prodigal's dad.

-CHANNEL
Then one day in the distance wandering unrecognized
Because he'd been mangled and bruised by the world.
Except in his father's eyes.

-CHORUS
And while he was yet a great way off this father saw him.
I saw him and I ran and I fell on his neck kissed him.
A new pair of shoes I put on his feet - though he gave up, I still believed.
And the one that they said was as good as dead has come back to me.

-TAG
A new pair of shoes I put on his feet - though he gave up, I still believed.
And the one that they said was as good as dead has come back to me.
I was so sad. Now I am glad. I'm the prodigal's dad.

Jeff Steele
© 2005 Christian Taylor Music, BMI
(a division of Daywind Music Publishing)
Chriskay Music, BMI

Discography

Kenny Bishop (solo)
Reaching Out (solo)
Stories (Bishops)
Great Things (Bishops)
All Their Best (Bishops)
Let's Celebrate Jesus (Bishops)
Kentucky Bluegrass (Bishops)
Reach the World (Bishops)
The Front Porch Collections (Bishops)
Classiscs Live (Bishops)
You Can't Ask Too Much of My God (Bishops)
Seems Like Only Yesterday (Bishops)
Chapter Ten Live! (Bishops)
More Than My Voice (Bishops)
No 2 Ways About It (Bishops)
The Front Porch Collection (Bishops)
Once In A Lifetime (Bishops)
Christmas with Family & Friends (Bishops)
Class of '90 (Bishops)
Marching On (Bishops)
Live at Fayetteville Community Church (Bishops)
Blessed (Bishops)
Can't Stop Now (Bishops)
One Way (Bishops)
He Gave His Life (Bishops)

Set List

45 - 60 minutes
Mostly original music with scattered covers of popular gospel songs.