More than likely you’ve seen Ann Downing as a regular on the
popular Gaither Homecoming Video series. However the majority of
her time is spent maintaining a full schedule of church concerts
and speaking engagements each weekend traveling throughout the
United States and Canada.
Apart from her affiliation with the Gaither Homecoming Friends,
Ann’s own versatile music style appeals to a wide range of
musical tastes and age groups, not just the Gaither Video fans
While she is a commissioned song evangelist in the Church of the
Nazarene, Ann enjoys sharing her music and ministry with a wide
variety of denominations.
Ann’s unique presentation style is also appealing in that she
comes down from the platform to communicate with the audience on
a very personal level. Her spontaneous, off-the-cuff delivery
gives the feeling of a conversational visit rather than a rigid
Raised on a cotton farm in rural Mississippi, Ann grew up
dreaming of the day she’d sing gospel music all over the world.
Right out of high school she began to realize that dream by
securing a position with the legendary Speer Family, later
marrying the man of her dreams and co-founding a group that
helped shape the face of Gospel music we have today. She won
the industry’s highest honor—the Dove Award—for Female Vocalist
within a year of co-founding the Downings and went on to be
inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Ann has been lauded with various awards and accolades throughout
her gospel music career spanning over forty years. However,
she’s quick to tell you that she’s like you in many ways. Fading
success? She’s been there! Crumbling marriage or financial ruin?
She’s been there! Lost a spouse or experience a devastating
trauma in your family? Ann’s walked in your shoes!
What do you do when you can’t “fix” what’s wrong in your life or
the lives of those you love? What do you do when the
circumstances of your life beg the question, “do you really
believe what you’ve said about trusting God?” Ann’s intensely
personal story is one that reaches us all where we live and
helps us hold firmly to the promise that “earth has no sorrow
that heaven can’t heal.”