The Gatewood Brothers started singing at an early age. Inspired by their father, the late Dr. Rev. Wade H. Gatewood, and encouraged by their mother, Mrs. Geneva Gaddy Gatewood. The group was officially founded by brother Aaron Gatewood in 1970.
The original group comprised of 5 members; Joseph, Aaron, Robert, Leon and Curtis. Most of the lead singing was performed by Aaron and Leon, but many of the songs allowed most of the members a lead part in the songs. The music was performed mostly by Robert and Aaron who played rhythm and lead guitars.
Musical talent ran rampant in the group. In the local high school marching and concert bands, Joseph and Aaron were both saxophonists, and Robert played brass instruments. Later Curtis would take up the bass guitar and Daniel would play keyboards.
The group sang mostly remakes of popular songs and traveled to perform at local church concerts. When Joseph, the oldest member of the group left for college at NCCU, in 1972, Daniel, the youngest member of the family joined the group. He quickly became a sensation and began to sing lead in most of the appearances. Curtis also began to play bass guitar. During this time Robert, began writing original songs for the group, which included "Time to Stop" and "Take Me by the Hand".
In 1974, Robert was awarded a full music scholarship at Livingstone College. When he departed, the group's activity dwindled to occasional appearances. In 1975 the founder of the group, Aaron, passed away at the young age of 20. This was a devastating blow to the group, which was already slowed by the reduced availability and of Joseph and Robert. Robert, now 19 years old, attempted to keep the group going remotely, but his demanding school schedule and grief from the loss of his closet brother was too much, so the group unofficially dissolved in 1976.
Even though the group was inactive, by popular demand, the brothers made occasional appearances at a variety of venues, such as the Peoples Fest in Wadesboro in 1990. The group also performed regularly at family reunions and occasionally, by demand, at New Hope Baptist church where the Rev. Gatewood was the pastor. During this time the youngest member of the group blossomed as a self-taught pianist. He taught himself to play by accompanying his father to church at New Hope and practicing the piano and organ before and after church. Also during this time Curtis was sharpening his skills as a bass player. He joined a band while at Livingstone College, and briefly travel to New York with the band.
Over the next few years Daniel built his own recording studio and produced an album with the New Hope Mass choir, where he is the minister of music. That album included a cameo appearance by Curtis, singing "What a Mighty God We Serve", and a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing", by Curtis's daughter Desmera. Also, keeping it in the family, Robert's daughter Channing, a young piano prodigy, played before President Barack Obama when he visited Washington, DC's Metropolitan AME Church in 2009.
In 2009, after the passing of the brother's oldest brother Wade, who was not an official member of the group, but who occasionally joined in at public appearances, Robert was inspired to rejuvenate the group and wrote 3 songs in one week. The songs included, "Don't Need a New House to Serve My God", "When God Shows Up at Your Door Step", and "Wouldn't Be Here Without My Mother". The brothers met at Daniel's studio and recorded the 3 new songs, the two older songs written by Robert, as well as a remake of "Rest from My Labor".
The demands on the brother's time left little time to complete the project. Demands such as Leon's non-profit "HOLLA" which has received national attention; Curtis's activism as an officer at the NAACP; Robert's radio show "The Marketing Pulpit"; Daniel's production in his studio; and, Joseph's entrepreneurship at Gatewood Financial. Also during this time the brothers received another devastating blow, the passing of their father, the Rev. Dr. W. Gatewood in 2010. This tragedy left Robert more determined than ever to complete brother's project.
In 2012 Daniel arranged the tune "Don't Need a New House to Serve My God", which was earlier written by Robert. Curtis provided lead vocals and additional composition. The brothers officially released the song in July 2012.
To find out more about the Gatewood Brothers, other songs, their appearance schedule, interviews, press kit and/or other information, contact Robert Gatewood at 1-877-235-1162.