Topic: George Beverly Shea
George Beverly "Bev" Shea (born February 1, 1909) is a prominent singer/songwriter of gospel music, the author of several hymns and hymn tunes. Born in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, Shea was one of eight children of a Wesleyan Church minister and his wife. He began singing in the church choir in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His family later moved to Upstate New York and from there, he went on to work in commercial radio. Shea has been involved with Billy Graham and his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association since 1943, with the inauguration of Graham's "Songs in the Night" radio program. At the time Graham was pastor of the Village Church in Western Springs, Illinois. Since the beginning of Graham's crusade ministry, Shea and Cliff Barrows have been the nucleus of the crusade musical team. Barrows is choir director, platform emcee, and radio-television program director. They were joined in 1950 by pianist Tedd Smith, and through the years, organists Don Hustad and John Innes have provided additional accompaniment.