Every Sunday morning for the last 33 years, the soul-stirring sound of spiritual music from Bobby Jones Gospel has filled millions of homes across America.
While it takes a small army to produce the program, the show’s success hinges squarely on the man whose program bears his name.
“I just say, ‘Lord, what a privilege it is to be able to work for You,’” Jones told CBN News. “‘What a privilege it is that You use me to be a vehicle to bring so many people closer to You and to bring joy, love, peace and happiness.’”
Jones, who began his career in elementary education, is now considered a musical trailblazer.
He has earned numerous honors, including a Dove Award, several Stellar Awards, and a Grammy with country music star Barbara Mandrell.
In 2001, he was recognized in a proclamation by President George W. Bush for “revolutionizing the gospel music industry” and “exposing numerous gospel music artists to the world.” Jones describes that White House visit as one of his “high points.”
For the very first time, Jones publicly revealed his painful past during an interview with CBN News.
He told CBN’s John Jessup he survived growing up in an abusive home with an alcoholic dad.
“I began at a very early age protecting myself from the abuse: verbal [and] physical,” Jones recounted.
He admits that he developed a great deal of bitterness toward his father as he watched his dad mistreat his mom and siblings. But he believes God’s grace helped him to eventually forgive his father, and now he wants his testimony to encourage others.
“I went ahead to do the things that I thought I could do to overcome that situation,” he explained. “And a lot of people who may be in a position now that I was in then, they’ll just have to leave it and find a way to get around it and that’s a part of life.”