FMG Label Signs the Bates Family

Nashville, TN (September 21, 2022) Family Music Group announces the signing of the Bates Family from Dover, Pennsylvania. This award-winning family has been on the road since July of 1985. Their love for God and their brand of music has garnered them fans of all ages up and down the eastern seaboard. They have accumulated multiple hit songs throughout their career and have appeared on the popular television show Great American Gospel, which airs on direct tv every week to 20 million households.Group leader, Tim Bates, has a powerful testimony. At the age of 4, he accidentally shot himself in the chest. The bullet severed an artery in his heart in-two; powder-burned his lungs and damaged his voice box. The doctors said he would never talk above a whisper if he lived through it. Today, Tim is known for his powerful vocal presence, songwriting, and is an evangelist.LaDonna Bates is Tim’s wife and a stroke survivor. Her infectious and bubbly personality will cause you to feel like you have known her forever. Her smooth vocals and sincere delivery are the trademarks of this gospel music veteran. LaDonna also has a heart for the young people of today.Phil Perry is a seasoned vocalist and sings tenor for the group. He has been involved in Gospel Music for the last 34 years. Phil has a strong calling to see people’s lives changed through the message of the cross in the songs, words, and testimony that the Holy Spirit has anointed at every opportunity given.Les Butler, producer, and owner of the Family Music Group label states, "I have known Tim Bates for many years. He has a laser-like focus on ministry done with excellence. That made it easy to join forces with his family. We are excited to start the next phase of our relationship! I can't wait to sink my teeth into producing, what I believe will be, a benchmark recording for this incredible family group."Tim Bates added, "We are thrilled to partner with Les Butler and become the latest member of the FMG family. I have known Les for over 20 years; his vast knowledge of the industry coupled with his creative way around the studio to achieve high-quality recordings is what sealed the deal for us. The Bates Family is looking forward to seeing what the future holds. This is just the first step of many to building an even brighter future for our ministry. Thank you Les for this opportunity to work with you in this capacity!"Writers, if you would like to have songs to be considered for their new REAL Southern Gospel record release, please stop by at NQC and drop off your demos or email them to


Phil Perry Joins The Bates Family.

The Bates Family are excited to announce that Tenor vocalist Phil Perry from Orange, VA will be joining their ministry team. His debut concert will be after the Easter holiday. " I am excited to join this wonderful family, I have admired the integrity of their ministry for years now. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds." Phil stated "Group owner Tim Bates stated " This decision is bitter sweet for LaDonna and I as we thought our daughter Laykin would be holding down the third vocalist postion for a while, turns out she would like to be involved with a more behind the scenes roll for our ministry, so we will honor her wishes 100%".Phil Perry brings with him a seasoned Tenor vocal that blends right in with the polished, powerful sound that The Bates Family have become known for.Please pray for us as we enter in this exciting chapter of our ministry. And if we are in your area, come on out and meet this wonderful addition to our family.

Bates Dates Suspended For 2020

All Bates Family dates have been cancelled for the 2020 touring season because of the Covid 19 Pandemic. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2021. We are scheduling dates NOW for 2021. We are only doing 90 dates per year and it is first come first serve. We would love to be a part of your church service or events. Blessings!

“He Never Gave Up” Hits Radio

We are pleased to announce our new single going to radio in January. It’s entitled “He Never Gave Up” this beautiful ballad is full of encouragement and it will leave you having even more confidence in the overwhelming love of God. LaDonna’s delivery is so vulnerable and sincere, this is a must have to add to your collection of Bates Family music. Please call your local southern gospel station and request it today,

"We Need A Revival" Hits Singing News Charts.

We are so grateful for the wonderful response to our latest radio single! Thank you radio for your support of our music. We appreciate it more than you'll ever know!

New Radio Single Drops On September 29th!

The Bates Family is pleased to announce the shipping of their new radio single "We Need A Revival" on the 29th of September. This song was written by Tim and John Darrin Rowsey. This up tempo tune is destined to be another hit for the Bates Family, it's message is timely in a world that is full of sorrow and discouragement and division. One thing is for sure WE NEED A REVIVAL!!

New CD Project Coming Soon!! 29th!

We are thrilled to announce that our new CD project is coming along nicely. We will be announcing the drop date in the weeks ahead. It will be readily available on all digital platforms in addition to our website. We can't wait for you to hear these new songs. It will be a must add to your Bates Family Collection.

Singing News Magazine Chooses Bates Family.

The Bates Family has learned that the Singing News Magazine has chosen them to be a part of their " Just Call It Southern" artist disc for 2021.Rick Francis of the Singing News stated " We are thrilled to have this wonderful family to be a part of our national campaign, they represent the quality that we look for to coincide with our efforts in keeping this wonderful music alive and well and in front of all of our subscribers." The Singing News Magazine has been around for decades and is considered the official voice of the gospel music charts. The song chosen is their Top 40 smash hit "Somewhere Prayin" written by Tim Bates and Steven Cheney. "We are so grateful for this incredible opportunity to represent this industry that we love so much, God has touched so many lives with this song and now with this venture even more lives will be impacted" Tim Bates stated. The Bates Family are one of forty that have been selected.