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Marty Raybon Every Good Thing By Paige Givens

Marty Raybon is a true artist whose music has stood the test of time. Whether listeners have heard the Grammy-award winning tenor as a solo artist or as lead singer of the popular Country group Shenandoah, they have quickly learned that Raybon’s heart and soul are poured out through his songs. Marty has enjoyed a long-lasting career in Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music. Through all of his accomplishments, however, Marty will be the first to tell you where every good thing in his life comes from—and it’s from the God who loves him. Marty was born in Sanford, Florida, but he grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He recalls growing up with his brothers and sister there. “It was a wonderful childhood. Music always filled our house. My brothers, Rick and Tim, and I sang together a lot, especially songs about being brothers. So we loved ‘brother’ acts, like The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse. Our father, Kenneth, was a fiddle player and he taught us harmony parts. He was my biggest influence in music, not just because he knew how to

make it work, but because he knew how to love it. He taught me how to love it.” Marty also recalls some of the biggest spiritual influences in his early years. “Billy Graham was the most soul-stirring spiritually. Also, my older sister, Kathy, has always walked very close to the Lord. She was such a wonderful example of how to be Christlike.” When Marty was in third grade, he sang in a talent show at Brookview Elementary School. “I was eight years old. I sang the Johnny Horton classic, ‘The Battle of New Orleans.’ Now, to some it may seem strange, but I knew from that night on that singing to people was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” In 1985, Marty’s dream came true when he formed the country band Shenandoah with Ralph Ezell, Stan Thorn, Jim Seales, and Mike McGuire. Marty was able to do what he loved best—singing to crowds. “For 12 years we ran up and down the road not even realizing we were having the time of our

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