WHO WOULD THINK A FAMILY from Minnesota would love Southern Gospel music, much less share it with audiences across the country? And yet The Garms Family, hailing from the land of 10,000 lakes and 20 million mosquitoes, is doing just that and enjoying every mile together.
David and Kris Garms with six of their children — Ben, Taylor, Leesha, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb — count it a privilege to minister to fellow Christians and invite the seeking to believe in Jesus as their Savior. Since their simple beginnings of singing hymns in the living room to the release of multiple CDs, The Garms Family has been blessed to sing at a variety of churches, festivals, and events. They travel full-time, sharing the Gospel through their beautiful harmonies and solid instrumentation. Their tours have brought them across over 20 states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
This home schooled family loves to work as a team, and their joy as family overflows as they sing and play together. They weave Southern Gospel, gospel bluegrass, and their own unique musical style to create a memorable concert experience, and each song is an adventure as they play over 20 instruments on stage.
The Garms Family carefully tries to balance professionalism and authenticity. Above all, their aim is to glorify Christ with one voice and encourage people to live the Word. Their smiles, gospel music, and the message of Jesus Christ will brighten your day, give you hope for tomorrow, and leave you inspired. You will blessed and encouraged, moved to laughter and tears, and your soul will be directed heavenward by this anointed family.
(Read this fun newspaper interview with the family, outlining their band beginnings, family life, and “The Great Adventure”: http://isanticountynews.com/2011/01/26/for-family-band-life-is-a-great-adventure/)
DAVID AND KRIS GARMS
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV)
David and Kris Garms have always enjoyed gospel music and their love for the Lord and music is evident to all. David sings lead and plays guitar, drums, upright bass, and accordion. Kris sings either alto harmony or lead and plays upright bass and piano. David enjoys leading his family and being the visionary for our family’s ministries. A former aircraft mechanic, he has been led by the Lord into full-time ministry, and we are trusting on the Lord to provide all of our needs. Kris thrives while being a stay-at-home wife and mom. She has joyfully taught our homeschooled children for the past 15 years.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
(Revelation 21:5-7 ESV)
Ben, 25 years old, is quite the musician! He was 11 when he received his acoustic guitar, and has since added banjo, upright bass, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums, and anything he sets his mind to play! He is our bass singer, and is known for his big, encouraging smile. Ben is involved in audio production, and he has recorded and engineered all of our CD projects in our home studio. When not involved with music around the home, he can be found working around our acreage, learning more about audio engineering, spending time with his siblings, writing, etc. Ben is the second graduate of our homeschool; he graduated in 2009.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
(Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV)
Taylor is 24 years old and is the artistic one of the family. As soprano of the group, she sings either melody or descant. Taylor plays piano, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and tinwhistle, and she writes many of our original songs. She is most comfortable with a pen, pencil, or computer mouse in her hand; Taylor is the group’s website manager, and is an avid graphic/web designer (check out her business, Lacheln Designs) and blogger. Her other interests include art, writing, and photography. You can follow her writings on her blog, Arise to the Call; her passion is to encourage people to seek after the Lord with their whole heart. Taylor graduated from homeschool in 2010.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
(Psalm 25:4-10 ESV)
Leesha (21) is a cheerful young lady who enjoys her siblings, books, nature, and sign language. She carries the lead on many songs and adds harmony as well. Leesha is the official dobro player and occasionally plays banjo. As the most prolific bookworm of the family, she can sometimes read several books a day (she claims Charles Dickens as one of her favorite authors)! She endeavors to write Christian fiction and has several books in the works. Leesha also loves poetry and expresses many thoughts through her own poetry. She graduated in 2014 and continues to blossom and grow into a beautiful young lady.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
(Matthew 10:29-31 ESV)
Goofy, creative, and ingenious. Sam (16) keeps the family wondering what he’s going to come up with next. He is full of thoughtful ideas and questions, and is gifted with a quick wit. Because of his “spiritual movement” on stage, he is often compared to Michael Booth of the Booth Brothers. Sam is an excellent drummer and has a special talent for harmonica and the electric bass guitar. He sings melody and baritone/bass harmony. Sam also enjoys playing different sports activities (especially baseball and basketball), reading, drawing hilarious pictures, creating games, arranging instrumental music, and writing novels.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalm 139:16 ESV)
Jayme (14) was our Christmas present (born on December 22nd, 2001) and still is a bundle of joy. She is a polished vocalist, singing melody, alto, and descant harmony. She plays fiddle and mandolin (besides cello, accordion, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo…well, about any instrument she gets her swift little fingers on!). Her gift of playing music by ear is amazing. Jayme is also interested in songwriting. She likes helping Mom out, working with computers, corresponding with friends, and filling her drawing book with pencil sketches. Also an outdoorsy girl, you can find Jayme outside jumping rope, playing ball, and having adventures with her brothers and the family cats.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
(Joshua 1:9 ESV)
Look out Southern Gospel Music! Caleb (12) loves to sing and is not afraid to share his powerful voice on stage! People enjoy his energetic performances and talents on guitar, accordion, and drums. Caleb has had the special opportunity to sing with his favorite quartet, Legacy Five, five times; click here to watch the original video and read the story. He is definitely an all-around boy as he enjoys bicycling, baseball and basketball, playing with trains, but his favorite activity is reading. Caleb also avidly studies the Civil War and is an expert in identifying soldiers’ ranks and uniform.