Blue Rock News

Jan 27, 2017

Welcome Kurt Kaiser and Kathy Johnson

Welcome composer/producer and great Blue Rock friend Kurt Kaiser and pianist Kathy Johnson. They are working with engineer Patrick Conway and are filling the Garrison and control room with inspired performances.  

Kurt Kaiser studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and earned two degrees from Northwestern University. He has more than 300 copyrighted songs to his name. Kurt joined Word, Inc., in 1959 as Director of Artists and Repertoire and later became Vice President and Director of Music for Word. He has arranged and produced albums for many gifted artists, among them Kathleen Battle, Ernie Ford, Hale & Wilder, Jerome Hines, Burl Ives, Ken Medema, Christopher Parkening, George Beverly Shea, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ethel Waters, Anne Martindale Williams, Christopher Adkins and many others.

In 1992 Kaiser was awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his contributions to the Christian music industry. He received an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree from Trinity College in Illinois and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Baylor University. Kurt received the Hines Sims Award and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Faithfulness in Service Award was presented to him in 2003.

Kurt Kaiser has appeared in concerts with George Beverly Shea for over thirty years.

Kaiser has recorded numerous solo albums at the piano. He received a Dove award for his piano album, "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs." Kurt loves his continuing involvement in music and still has a passion for a beautiful melody.

Kurt and his wife Pat reside in Waco, where they have lived since 1959. They have four grown children, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.