The Ellis Brothers
The Ellis Brothers: four men with a devotion to their father and a passion for music. David, Vep Jr., Richard and Ward love their dad’s music. So much, in fact, they’ve made the past part of their present day mission: to sing those famous V.B. “Vep” Ellis songs of yesterday to audiences today.
The ministry of Vep Ellis spanned fifty years of writing, arranging, publishing, recording, performing, and preaching. He was born on March 11, 1917, in Oneonta, Alabama and went to heaven on April 30, 1988, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 71. His music has touched thousands throughout the years and around the world. There are over 500 songs to his credit: gospel songs, hymns, convention songs, spiritual choruses, and even a few love songs. He recorded 200 of his gospel songs. In the 1960’s, Ellis served as crusade soloist for the Oral Roberts Ministries.
The sons of Vep Ellis have each been involved in church music and pastoral ministry all of their lives. The entire Ellis family presents their father’s music not only as a loving tribute, but also to remind us all of what we can accomplish when we yield our talents to our Creator.
The Ellis Brothers have recorded 45 of their father’s gospel songs onto 3 albums: The Happy Side of Living, Ain’t It Grand to be a Christian, and Won’t Bow to Idols. Occasionally touring the country promoting their CD’s, the Ellis Brothers have sung at the Palace in Branson, MO; Lee University in ??; and many other venues. They were recently invited to appear on the Bill Gaither videos.
David E. Ellis, with his wife Wanda, son Vep Raymond, daughter-in-law Rhonda and three grandchildren live in Allentown, Pennsylvania. David is Pastor of Calvary Temple and the Northeast Regional Vice President of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers. Also to his credit are several well-known gospel songs including Love is Why and God Will Supply, which he co-authored with his father.
Vep Ellis, Jr. and his wife Lavone have two beautiful daughters, Tiffani and her husband Barry Owens, Tara and her husband Rodney Crum, and four wonderful grandchildren who live in Tulsa, OK. Vep Jr. is presently senior pastor of Sheridan Christian Center. For 23 years he was minister of music for various churches including The Kenneth Hagin Ministries, leading music for camp meetings and crusades. As Dean of Music at RHEMA Bible Training Center he created the RHEMA Singers and Band and produced three albums.
Richard Ellis, his wife Margery and their sons Evan and Eric live in Vancouver, Washington. Richard has sung leading and supporting roles with numerous opera companies throughout the United States, made five solo gospel recordings, regularly sings the National Anthem for the Portland Trail Blazers and was recently recognized by the "Singing News" magazine as possessing one of the most amazing solo tenor voices in the world.
Ward Ellis and his wife Ann live in Seminole, Florida. They have two children, Joanna and Aaron and one granddaughter. For ten years, Ward served as Minister of Music at Harvest Temple in Largo, Florida, a congregation of 2,500 members where his father pastored for 16 years. Ward is following in his father's footsteps as a composer and soloist. Two of his well-known choruses are Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So and There's No One Like Jesus. His latest CD recording is entitled, "The Heart Of The Father". Ward has an exceptional lead tenor voice.
To purchase Vep Ellis music or the Ellis Brothers CD’s or to book the Ellis Brothers, contact Vep Ellis and Sons Music, P.O. Box 35945, Tulsa, OK 74153-0945; 918.838.9996.
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