Tim Gates is the lead singer of the trio known as Due West, and he is also a singer/songwriter for the well liked Nashville Tribute Band. He was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has ancestors who crossed the plains from Nauvoo.
Tim was recently featured in a new Mormon.org video as part of the “I’m a Mormon” series. On his Mormon.org profile he states, “I strive to live my life in accordance with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel it is important to put Christ first in all that I do and follow His example. Although I make mistakes all the time, I try my best and keep trying, because I know that He loves me no matter what.” In the new Mormon.org video, he talks briefly about country music, but then turns the conversation to focus on the time that he spends serving those with disabilities. One person in particular that Tim and his family has helped is a man whom they call Timmy Tim who suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. The family took the man in to live with them after receiving a special request from his mother who is terminally ill with cancer.
In his Mormon.org profile, Tim further comments, “I am very fortunate to be able to travel around the country with my best friends (Nashville Tribute Band) sharing my testimony by singing praises to him. My favorite thing to do is sing, I LOVE singing, especially when I can sing songs about my Redeemer. My favorite saying is by St. Augustine: “He who sings, prays twice.” Not only does he get to share his faith and testimony in song, but he follows the example of the Savior, and is a living testimony through the life that he lives serving others.
Tim is featured in the music video for “John’s Song,” a new single off the Nashville Tribute Band’s new CD, Redeemer: A Nashville Tribute to Jesus Christ. He is married and has four children.
Tim. I am Carl Watkins, the producer of “Sounds of Sunday” a 5-hour radio program which airs each Sunday on radio stations in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, and Wyoming. It is Monday night and we producer next Sunday’s show tomorrow Tuesday. This is not much notice, but since we are playing “What He Began” from EFY 2008 this Sunday, would be possible to conduct a short telephone interview with you about “the story behind the song” tonight or tomorrow to play rolling into the song? It only talks about 5 minutes, and it edits down to about 90 seconds. Please call me ASAP at 208-785-5940. Thanks!!!