Joel & LaBreeska have been married for 51 years and have made their home in Nashville, Tennessee for the past 35 years.
They have sung Gospel music for over 40 years having signed as artists with Canaan-Word Records in 1966.
They have written and recorded over 350 gospel songs including such classics as, "He's Still Workin' On Me," "Consider The Lilies," "Master Of The Wind," "Let's Have A Revival," "The Only Real Peace," "I Claim The Blood," "The Sweetest Words He Ever Said" and "I Came On Business For The King."
They have written and recorded 6 #1 songs which include "I'm In This Church," "Good Things," "I'll Soon Be Gone," "It Wasn't Raining When Noah Built The Ark," and "He's Still Workin' On Me," which topped the "Singing News" chart for 8 months. Over a twenty-year period, from 1970-1990, they had an average #8 song on the "Singing News" Chart.
They are recipients of 8 Dove Awards and 3 BMI Awards of Excellence. Joel received a Dove nomination as Songwriter of the Year for 10 different years. Joel was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in October 2007 and was previously inducted into the Louisiana Songwriters Hall of Fame.
LaBreeska is the author of an inspirational book "Partners In Emotion" which is published by Trumpet Call Books of Joelton, Tennessee. Joel's book "To God Be The Glory," a biblical study of the person of God, is also published by Trumpet Call Books.
In the past several years, Joel & LaBreeska Hemphill have taken gospel music to many foreign countries, having toured and performed concerts in England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Canada, Honduras, Newfoundland, as well as the states of Alaska and Hawaii. In 2002 and 2004 they did concerts in Israel, some sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Their television appearances include, The Grand Ole Opry, Crook and Chase, The 700 Club, TBN and Gospel Country. They are regulars on the Gaither Homecoming videos and were invited guest at the White House for a big Gospel singing when President Carter was in office.