Raised in one of the poorest counties in America, the Toler Brothers didn’t even have a radio in their home in West Virginia. Their entertainment was singing around an old upright piano in the living room. The southern gospel harmony born in that humble beginning has provided the background for a combined sixty years of worldwide ministries that have touched literally millions of lives. The brothers, comprised of best-selling author, successful pastor & General Superintendent Emeritus of the Church of the Nazarene, Stan; platinum-selling songwriter and Southern Nazarene University Vice President, Terry; and well known inspirational speaker and pastor, Mark; are joined by Joe Hall, tenor singer and ordained minister, along with Zac Sutton, keyboard player extraordinaire. The Toler Brothers blend gifted voices with the experiences that helped them rise above childhood adversities, including the loss of their father in a construction accident and the destruction of their home in a fire.
The Toler Brother’s current album, He Still Speaks, is distributed by TQL Productions and was produced by 14-time Dove Award winner and Grammy nominated Michael Sykes. It features some of the finest studio musicians in the country, as well as vocals by southern gospel’s Tanya Goodman Sykes, former bass singer with Acappela, Rodney Britt, and Richard Sterben of the Oak Ridge Boys. Several of the songs come from Terry Toler’s songwriting partnership with the late Rusty Goodman—one previously unreleased. Also included are some of Terry’s classic songs, such as The Prodigal, He Still Speaks, and Only Child.
The smooth harmony, warmth and humor of the Tolers reflect the bond of three brothers whose faith in God took them higher and farther than they ever dreamed. To hear them sing is to feel like you’re standing alongside them by that old upright piano in their West Virginia home.
They have also released a book by the same title. With over 100 pages of spiritual insights, humor, and stories behind their songs, He Still Speaks is a journal of the Toler’s life and triumphs. Written in their down-home and yet deeply religious style, it reflects their ability to express their faith, foibles, and fortunes in their writing—in a way that makes people laugh out loud or reflect with thanksgiving and commitment.
Most recently, the Toler Brothers have recorded a new album – West Virginia Live which was produced by Harvest Studios in Huntington, West Virginia, recorded live at the Hurricane, West Virginia First Church of the Nazarene and mastered at Southern Nazarene University studios by Ken Rosfeld. The new album features original songs written by Terry Toler such as Don’t Look Back and Thinkin’ About Home as well as classics such as the beloved hymn Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.