Wes has always loved music. He grew up with an admiration for the music of Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Michael English and the iconic Gaither Vocal Band. He sang in two groups while in high school, where he traveled locally and performed concerts. Wes later attended Trevecca Nazarene University from 1996 until 1998, where he sang lead for a gospel quartet.
He moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and married his wife, Andrea, in 1998. Wes finished his B.A. in psychology and minor in music in August of 2000 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Wes was part of the worship staff at a local church in Birmingham for seven years, until he auditioned for the Gaither Vocal Band in May of 2005. After seven weeks of auditioning, Wes accepted the tenor position for the Gaither Vocal Band.
Wes has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Singing News Horizon Individual Fan Award for best new artist. The Vocal Band went on to win a Grammy and Dove Award in 2009 for the album, “Lovin’ Life,” and was also nominated with the Gaither Vocal Band for a Grammy in 2007 (“Give it Away”) and 2015 (“GVB Hymns”). Wes’s first project with the Gaither Vocal Band, “Give it Away,” won three GMA Dove Awards in 2007.
The GVB album, “Reunited,” also received a Dove Award in 2010 for best southern gospel record of the year, as well as “Pure and Simple” in 2012. In October of 2015, the GVB won another Dove Award for Southern Gospel Group of the Year.
Wes released his first solo album in 2010, titled “A Man Like Me,” which was nominated for a Dove Award. His second album, “Out on a Limb,” released in late 2014. He is currently working on a third studio album, scheduled to release in 2017.
Aside from his obvious love of music and family, Wes loves to cook and considers cooking to be a passion of his. Wes released his first cookbook, “A Place at the Table: Hampton Favorite Family Recipes,” in 2009, and has just released his second, “Wescipes” this year!
Wes and Andrea reside in Birmingham, AL, and have four boys: Barrett, 12, Hudson, 10, Carden, 7, and Sutton, 6.