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The Isaacs are a bluegrass Southern gospel music group consisting of mother Lily Isaacs (b. September 20, 1947), and daughters Becky (b. Aug. 2, 1975) and Sonya Isaacs (b. July 22, 1974) and son Ben Isaacs (b. July 25, 1972), along with John Bowman (husband of Becky Isaacs) as an instrumentalist and songwriter. Joe Isaacs, formerly a singer and banjo player in the group, has left since his 1998 divorce from Lily Isaacs. He now does solo work on a far more localized level.

Thomas Wywrot was a member from 2008 to 2011. Sonya Isaacs' husband, Jimmy Yeary, took his place.[1]


The group's roots go back to 1971, when Joe and Lily Isaacs began a bluegrass band. After Joe's brother died, Joe and Lily became Christians, and the group began to perform only bluegrass gospel music. The group was initially named the Calvary Mountain Boys and later became Sacred Bluegrass before settling on the family name, the Isaacs. As their son and daughters became old enough, they joined the group.[2]

In 1992, the Isaacs moved from Morrow, Ohio, and settled in LaFollette, Tennessee.[2]


As the Calvary Mountain Boys and Sacred Bluegrass, the group recorded for Pine Tree and Old Homestead labels. As the Isaacs, they had more success with Horizon and Morningside record labels.[2]



Year Album Peak chart positions Producer Label
Christian Country Heat Bluegrass
1992 Live In Atlanta Horizon
1994 Carry Me Tony Rice Horizon
1995 I Feel the Christmas Spirit
1996 Live: Mountain Praise Kim Ryan
1997 Bridges Ben Isaacs
The Very Best of The Isaacs K-Tel
1998 Increase My Faith Horizon
1999 Pieces of Our Past Ben Isaacs
2001 Stand Still Ben Isaacs
2002 Christmas Spirit Ben Isaacs, Tony Rice
Eye of the Storm Ben Isaacs
2003 Songs of the Faith 14 Ben Isaacs
2004 Heroes 19 45 31 Don Cook Gaither
2005 Bluegrass Preserved Horizon
Radio Hits
Isaacs Bluegrass: A Cappella
2006 Isaacs Bluegrass: Sonya
2007 Big Sky 21 48 23 Mark Bright Gaither
2009 Naturally: An Almost A Cappella Collection 25 12 1 Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs Spring Hill
2010 Christmas 31 5 2
2011 Why Can't We 47 25 3
2013 The Living Years 10 1 Gaither
2016 Nature's Symphony in 432 3 Isaacs House


  • 2001: Live: Mountain Praise (Horizon)
  • 2001: Pieces of Our Past (Horizon)
  • 2002: Stand Still (Horizon)
  • 2004: The Best of the Isaacs: Favorites from the Homecoming Series (Gaither Music Group)
  • 2008: Live From Norway (Gaither Music Group)

Gaither Homecoming video performancesEdit

  • 1997: This is My Story "Look What God Gave Me"
  • 1998: All Day Singin' At The Dome "Satisfied" (Sonya)
  • 1998: Down By The Tabernacle "The Tabernacle" (Sonya), "The Least I Can Do"
  • 1999: I'll Meet You On The Mountain "I'll Meet You On The Mountain" (Sonya)
  • 2002: Let Freedom Ring "The Star-Spangled Banner", "It Is Well (Elisha's Song)"
  • 2002: New Orleans Homecoming "He Understands My Tears"
  • 2003: Going Home "The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming"
  • 2003: Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1 "Is Not This The Land Of Beulah?"
  • 2003: Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2 "Another Soldier Down", "He Ain't Ever Done Me Nothin' But Good"
  • 2003: Heaven "O Come Angel Band"
  • 2003: Mountain Homecoming "Did You Ever Go Sailin'", "Go Rest High On That Mountain" (Sonya)
  • 2003: Red Rocks Homecoming "When The Rains Come" (Sonya)
  • 2003: Rocky Mountain Homecoming "Sweet Holy Spirit"
  • 2004: Atlanta Homecoming "Daddy Sang Bass" (Sonya), "That's All That Matters To Me"
  • 2004: Passin' The Faith Along "I Wanna Be Ready" (Sonya & Becky), "Stand Still"
  • 2004: We Will Stand "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" (Sonya & Becky), "Hebrew Lullaby", "If That Don't Make You Wanna Go"
  • 2005: Hymns "Wayfaring Stranger"
  • 2005: Israel Homecoming "Halleluyah"
  • 2005: Jerusalem Homecoming "Shalom Ya'll", "Moses, Take Your Shoes Off" (Sonya), "Walkin' In Jerusalem", "Heroes"
  • 2005: Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood "Ha Ha Hollywood", "Friend 'Til The End", "Peace Like A River"
  • 2006: Canadian Homecoming "It Is Well With My Soul", "More Than Ever"
  • 2006: Live From Toronto "Great Is Thy Reward/Orange Blossom Special"
  • 2006: Singin' With The Saints "I'm Gonna Move"
  • 2006: This Is My Story "Look What God Gave Me"
  • 2006: Christmas In South Africa "The Savior Of The World Has Come"
  • 2007: Amazing Grace "I Need Thee Every Hour", "I Surrender All"
  • 2007: Love Can Turn The World "Everything Is Going To Turn Out Right", "Hear My Song, Lord" (Sonya)
  • 2007: South African Homecoming "Umbrella"
  • 2007: Sweet, Sweet Spirit "Reaping In The Spirit"
  • 2008: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol. 1 "There Is Power In The Blood", "Walk On", "I Know Somebody Who Does", "All Prayed Up"
  • 2008: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol. 2 "Barbie Bandaids"
  • 2008: Homecoming Picnic "Sally Goodin/Wildwood Flower", "The Sweetest Song I Know" (Becky), "Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing"
  • 2009: Campfire Homecoming "I Have Found A Way", "Orange Blossom Special"
  • 2009: Nashville Homecoming "The One I'm Dying For"
  • 2010: Better Day "Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing"
  • 2010: Count Your Blessings "No Shortage"
  • 2011: Alaskan Homecoming "I've Got Joy"
  • 2011: Majesty "Little Bit Of Heaven", "When I Lift Up My Head", "Healing Stream"


  1. ^ "Jimmy Yeary Joins The Isaacs | The Southern Gospel Music Magazine". 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ a b c McNeil, W. K. (2013). Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. Routledge. p. 196. ISBN 9781135377007. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

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