Kurt Kaiser

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Jan 01, 1979
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Jan 01, 1972
Jan 01, 1966
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Jan 01, 1959

Kurt Kaiser is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1969 Young and Free Goin' Somewhere... Songwriter, Arrangements
1970 Cliff Barrows Now! Songwriter, Arrangements
1970 Ralph Carmichael & Kurt Kaiser Natural High Composer, Conductor
1972 Ken Medema Fork in the Road Orchestrated
1975 Ken Medema People of the Son Producer
1976 Evie Gentle Moments Songwriter
1980 Ken Medema Kingdom in the Streets Producer
1980 Evie Favorites Songwriter
1982 Robert Hale & Dean Wilder In His Love Producer
1982 Frank Boggs A Time Remembered Songwriter
1987 Prism Yellow Songwriter
1996 Evie Our Recollections Songwriter
2002 Sheila Walsh The Hymns Collection Arrangements

Kurt Kaiser

Kurt Kaiser, (December 17, 1934 - November 12, 2018) is an award-winning songwriter of Contemporary Christian music and member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He has produced and arranged albums for the likes of: Kathleen Battle, Ernie Ford, Larnelle Harris, Burl Ives, Ken Medema, Christopher Parkening, George Beverly Shea, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ethel Waters, and Anne Martindale Wiliams. He has recorded sixteen piano solo albums of his own. He won a Dove Award at the 24th GMA Dove Awards in 1993 for his album titled Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. In 1992 he was the recipient of a Lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended The American Conservatory of Music. From there, he attended Northwestern University School of Music, where he earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music. In 1959, he joined Word Records as Director of Artists and Repertoire (A&R). He would later move up to be Vice-president and Director of Music there.

From 1965 through 1970, Kaiser served as director of the Baylor Religious Hour Choir, whose current members include Richard Ashley. At the same time, Kurt Kaiser and his friend Ralph Carmichael began writing Christian rock musicals geared to reach out to the youth of the time. Their first musical, Tell it Like it is, which included the song "Pass it on", sold 2,500 copies, completely selling out the first run, it then completely sold out its second run of 100,000 copies as well.

"It was the beginning of youth finding a place in church again", said Carmichael. The two continued on to write two more musicals, Natural High and I'm Here, God's Here, Now We Can Start. He became a regular at Youth for Christ rallies. Kurt Kaiser would, in time, leave Word and start his own label which he still runs to this day, from his home in Texas.

In 1999 Kaiser was invited to Sweden to perform for a gathering of dignitaries and guests at the prestigious Museum of History at Stockholm, at the request of the Ambassador of the United States. He also found time to record with Bill Pearce ("Nightsounds") on the CD A Touch of Gold. Bill Pearce said: "Kurt Kaiser came playing piano through Chicago... he and I hooked up with my trombone and before I knew it we were recording "head arrangements" for Word. Then things at Word really started shaking and Paul Mickelson and Ralph Carmichael were raising the level, using professional sidemen and before we knew it Word records was paying our production fees. We were playing with name people, including members of the Chicago Symphony string section, lead trumpet Bobbie Lewis, Mark McDunn and studio players; John Haynor was playing bass trombone with us. Guys like this were playing backgrounds. We were just at the right place at the right time. I was working hard and new young arrangers came through with good ideas and we were doing albums with top musicians. It was just a gift of God with timing that put me in the middle of all this. I was the only one doing anything at Word in brass work at all apart from a guy in Detroit named Chuck Ohman who was a fine trumpeter whom I had worked with in Percy Crawford's days. I was just blowing bubbles, making 30 or 40 albums over the years - there were so many I lost count. Incredible!"

In 2001 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

He helped to found the Day Spring Baptist Church in Waco, Texas and is their choir director. He received the "Faithfulness in Service " award in 2003.

Kurt passed away on November 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

Kurt Kaiser. (2011, June 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:09, July 10, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kurt_Kaiser&oldid=435175727

Created by: siremidor on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by siremidor on 14-September-2019