Inducted as a non-performing member of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Ronn Huff’s legacy is well-known to anyone who has directed church choirs in the last 30 years. While minister of music in a Denver church he arranged and published two highly successful books of hymns, “Celebration, Music for Festival Choir” and “Celebration II.” But his arrangements and recording of Bill and Gloria Gaither songs into a 1973 musical called “Alleluia, A Praise Gathering” brought national prominence and was the first religious recording to receive an RIAA Gold Album certification, selling over a million records and books. A Christmas work called “His Love, Reaching,” a collection of early Praise and Worship songs entitled “Exaltation” and a series collaboration with the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma are among the successful church music publications he authored. Huff claims to be an arranger, not a composer, but his work is found on many recordings, both sacred and secular. In the past two years alone his name appears on and arrangements are heard in the recordings of Faith Hill, Charlotte Church, Amy Grant, Celine Dion, Jewel, Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, Sandi Patty, John Michael Talbot, Keith Urban, George Strait, Clint Black, Lonestar, Boston Pops, and The American Boy Choir. Until recently Huff held the position of Pop’s Director for the Nashville Symphony, but a battle with Parkinson’s Disease has limited his activities in recent years.
Alleluia, A Praise Gathering
“God Gave the Song” from the musical Alleluia, A Praise Gathering