Mom and dad once traveled around from church to church, holding revivals and singing. It was just the two of them, and occasionally her brother would join them. It was this threesome, The Powell Trio, that cut a record in the mid 1950s. They were good. In fact, they caught the eye of the manager of The Florida Boys whom at the time were very popular in Southern gospel music. He offered them a contract, and for a moment they seriously considered accepting. It would have been a huge break, and they possibly could have made hundreds of thousands of dollars with him leading the way (instead of the $3 or $4 offerings they usually received, barely enough at that time to pay for a hamburger and gas).
But with the contract came some stipulations. "You must dress this way, and act this way when playing at these denominations. You need to liven it up for the Pentecostal churches and tone it down for the Baptists and tone it down even further for the Presbyterians. And you need to dress in matching outfits, with a little glitter thrown in. And you need to sing these songs for this church, but not sing these - they don't agree with the organization's doctrine. Oh, and tell a joke now and then." My parents balked at this. They sought to be led by the Holy Spirit alone, no matter what church they were at. So they turned down the big money and refused to sign a contract. From then on, they suffered from what dad jokingly called sinus trouble: i.e., "nobody will sign us." But ministry was always at the heart of their music, not fame and entertainment. And it showed.
Not long after I was born, they cut back on their travels and eventually stopped altogether, only singing at the little Church of God we attended. In the 70s during my teen years, I picked up the bass guitar and fell in love with it. Dad got me started, but the Holy Spirit taught me how to play. I would later join my mom and dad when they sang, and also played in several worship bands in various churches. But over the years, their example stuck with me, and with all my heart I believe Christian music is about ministry and worship, and not about entertainment, business, and putting on a big show. And that's what I believe is the gross error at the heart of the Christian music industry today.