The Collingsworth Family

The Collingsworth Family is a Southern Gospel/Inspirational group started by Phil and Kim Collingsworth and features their family as the group. They are currently signed to gospel label Stowtown Records.

The Collingsworth Family
OriginMt. Orab, Ohio, United States
GenresSouthern Gospel/Inspirational
Years active2000 (2000)–present
LabelsStowtown Records/Sony
Websitethecollingsworthfamily.com
Members
  • Phil Collingsworth
  • Kim Collingsworth
  • Brooklyn Collingsworth Blair
  • Courtney Collingsworth Metz
  • Phillip Collingsworth, Jr.
  • Olivia Collingsworth

HistoryEdit

Phil and Kim both came from a Christian upbringing. They met in high school and married upon graduating high school. Kim recalls, “We had our first date when I was 16, and he was 21. Poor guy, he had to wait on me to grow up. We were so in love and really wanted to get married. So, I decided to cram four years of high school into three so I could graduate from high school in 1986. The same year he would graduate from college. That plan worked well.”[1]

MinistryEdit

Phil and Kim Collingsworth started in the music ministry when they were musicians at a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan, in August of 1986. The two performed as a duo for 14 years, balancing gigs with raising children and Phil’s job at a life insurance agency. In 2000, they made the decision to tour full time. That’s also when their children — 10, 9, 6 and 2 at the time — became permanent members of the act.[2]

Phil and Kim have provided music presentations for church camps and extended-length revival campaigns. They have also held the positions of Minister of Music at Hobe Sound Bible Church in Hobe Sound, FL, and Director of the Music Division at Union Bible College and Seminary in Westfield, Indiana. Phil was Dean of Enrollment Management at his alma mater, God's Bible School and College, Cincinnati, Ohio.[3]

CareerEdit

The Collingsworths signed with Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing in 2003.[4] In 2009, the Collingsworth Family signed with then new Christian label Stowtown Records.[5]

In 2014, The Collingsworth Family recorded two live projects in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Majestic, a live CD and DVD from piano performer Kim Collingsworth and friends stemmed from a show in Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium with a crowd of more than 2,300 over a 5-hour concert. A DVD, We Will Serve the Lord, was released in October, 2014.[6]

In 2018, they released their album Mercy and Love, a collection of covers and new songs.[3]

The group's influence extends beyond the United States. In 2003, they performed in Kosovo, where more than 6,500 U.S. Army personnel hear their Christmas concerts at two military bases. In 2004, they gave a concert in the Cayman Islands.[7]

RecognitionEdit

The Collingsworth Family received the 2007 Harmony Award in the New Artist of the Year category from the Southern Gospel Music Guild.[4] Their album The Best of The Collingsworth Family – Volume 1 was nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album in the 2018 Grammy Awards.[8]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • "Worship From Home" (August 2020)
  • "A True Family Christmas" (October 2019)
  • "Mercy and Love" (Sept 2018)
  • "Brooklyn & Courtney" (January 2017)
  • "The Collingsworth Family Presents Brooklyn & Courtney"(Nov 2016)
  • "The Best of the Collingsworth Family Vol 1"(Sept 2016)
  • "The Best of the Collingsworth Family Vol 2"(Sept 2016)
  • "That Day Is Coming"(Sept 2015)
  • "Majestic" (Sept 2015)
  • "The Lord is Good"(Sept 2013)
  • "Hymns From Home"(Sept 2013)
  • "Feels Like Christmas" (Sept 2012)
  • "Part of the Family"(Sept 2011)
  • "Fear Not Tomorrow"(Sept 2010)
  • "A Decade of Memories"(September 2010)
  • "Simply Christmas" (Oct 2009)
  • "The Answer" (September 2009)
  • "Then and Now" (September 2009)
  • "Your Ticket to Music Hall"(August 2008)
  • "Kim Collingsworth, Personal"(August 2008)
  • "We Still Believe"(May 2007)
  • "Sunday Morning Ivories, Volume 2"(Sept 2006)
  • "God Is Faithful"(September 2005)
  • "Christmas in Kosovo"(September 2004)
  • "Strength for the Journey"(November 2003)
  • "I’m Too Far"(April 2002)
  • "Silver & Ivory (Instrumental)"(April 2001)
  • "Sunday Morning Ivories"(Nov 2000)
  • "Lifting Our Voices"(April 2000)

VideosEdit

  • "That Day Is Coming"(Sept 2017)
  • "Majestic" (Sept 2014)
  • "We Will Serve the Lord"(Sept 2014)
  • "Hymns from Home"(Sept 2013)
  • "Feels Like Christmas" (Sept 2012)
  • "Part of the Family"(Sept 2012)
  • "Fear Not Tomorrow"(Sept 2010)
  • "A Decade of Memories"(September 2010)
  • "Kim Controlling ‘PERSONAL’"(August 2008)
  • "Your Ticket to Music Hall"(August 2008)
  • "A Night to Remember" (September 2006)
  • "We Have Met to Worship"(September 2004)
  • "Christmas in Kosovo"(September 2004)
  • "One Special Evening"(November 2002)

Top 10 Songs

  • Awesome Power of Prayer #9
  • Mercy and Love #8
  • What The Bible Says #6
  • How Great His Love For Me #9
  • Just Another Rainy Day #4

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Award Result
2018 Best Roots Gospel Album (“Best of CFam, VOl.1”) Nominated

GMA Dove AwardsEdit

Year Award Result
2012 Long Form Music Video Won

Singing News Fan AwardsEdit

2018 Mixed Group of the Year Won
2018 Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
2017 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
2016 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
2015 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
2014 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
2013 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Young Artist of the Year (Olivia) Won
2012 Mixed Group of the Year Won
Young Artist of the Year (Phillip Jr) Won
2011 Young Artist of the Year (Courtney) Won
Horizon Individual of the Year (Courtney) Won
2010 Young Artist of the Year (Brooklyn) Won

NQC Music AwardsEdit

Year Award Result
2013 Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
Mixed Group of the Year Won
2012 Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
Mixed Group of the Year Won

Ovation AwardsEdit

Year Award Result
2009 Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
Special Project of the Year Won
2006 Musician of the Year (Kim) Won
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won

Harmony AwardsEdit

Year Award Result 2007 New Artist of the Year Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scoops, S. G. N. (19 July 2017). "Getting Familiar with the Collingsworth Family".
  2. ^ Writer, JENELLE JANCI | Staff. "The Collingsworth Family, the 'Von Trapps of gospel music,' return to Lancaster Friday". LancasterOnline.
  3. ^ a b "The Collingsworth Family "Mercy & Love" Album Review". www.hallels.com.
  4. ^ a b Thiede, Janet (November 22, 2008). "Award-winning family band coming to town". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. p. 3. Retrieved November 25, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "The Collingsworth Family Brain Trust - Homecoming Magazine". www.homecomingmagazine.com.
  6. ^ "Gospel Group The Collingsworth Family Releasing Two Live Projects Fall 2014". www.hallels.com.
  7. ^ Sanders, Hollie (December 4, 2004). "Collingsworth Family to sing at Faith Memorial". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. p. 18. Retrieved November 25, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Staff (29 November 2017). "The Collingsworth Family Earns First GRAMMY® Nomination". Singing News Magazine.

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