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Russ Taff

Taff first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials (1977-1981), but quickly gained a reputation as one of Christian music's most powerful and versatile artists, one whose music could hold its own against the best mainstream acts. His dynamic vocals reflect both the joys and the struggles of The Christian faith. ~ Brian Mansfield, Rovi
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One word says it all, unbeatable Please keep putting out the albums!
One of the most dynamic distinguisha b l e voices in music.... period.
Saw Russ back around 1990 in Ft Worth when he was out supporting The Way Home album. He seemed to be in a bit of a desert in his Christian walk. But, man, that was one of the single best, most consistently strong vocal performances I have ever seen - beginning to end.

Keep singing Russ!
Great voice.
Wow this brings back some great memories! What a voice!
Russ Taff is one of my all time favorite artists from the 80s & 90s. I always wish he could have done more back then. I remember while attending college in Lakeland, FL when I brought a co-worker to a Russ Taff concert & my friend accepted Christ that night. Awesome memory!
lvanwyckhous e
Boy, I'm with you guys! I LOVE hearing Russ...and long for the days when we will all gather for worship fests in heaven led by him! The angels will stand with their mouths agape at the worship of the redeemed!
He sings like a Christian version of Micheal Bolton
Russ Taff is my cousin, grew up in the little of Farmersville like Russ. His Dad
Was my pastor, know body could preach like Brother Joe. But Russ got voice from his Moms side
one of the best of all time, I finally had a chance to meet ham and I got all flustered ha ha!
kristalondon
I am from his Home Town, Farmersville California. Have grown up listening to him.
I have listened to him from when I was about 10 and now I'm pushing 44 and he has always been my favorite singer of any type of music
Hey thedrr, "I Still Believe" was done by the Call for the Lost Boys movie. Russ covered it for his album.
I had no idea who Russ Taff was, or his career. Like most young people during the 80's Christian music boom, what mattered was music that rocked, and/or was filled with heart and spirit. Russ Taff's I still Believe, which was featured in vampire flick The Lost Boys, anchored his best album ever.
Part 2:
From start to finish the 1987 self-titled album was full of John Mellancamp-i s h down-home rock-n-roll accompanied with way more talent. His airy ballads like Breate Life could create an atmosphere in a room in 30 seconds. What I did learn from Russ's music was that a deeper walk with God was more important than anything (Walk between the lines).
It doesn't get any better than Russ Taff...what an awesome, anointed voice!
Russ Taff is one of the BEST voices in Contemporary Christian Music !! You KNOW God Himself is listening !!
mishadanieli
I love rock solid!!!
espinozavirg i n i a
Love his voice and have for many years.
I agree Russ Taff is indeed one of the greatest vocalist i have ever heard. I wish they would play more of his stuff on both Pandora and radio.
Imperials were at their pinnacle when Taff was front man. This guy could have been front man for a ton of secular bands if he pursued it. A powerful voice!
Favorite CCM singer of all tme! Artist of this magnitude deserves more than a short paragraph bio. C'mon Pandora! @beamseller1 , inaccurate, naive and negative comments. Should know more of what you speak of; clearly you don't.
It's so good to see the full range of albums starting to appear. Great music!
jandj6488
I echo some of the other comments: Medals is packed with great songs, as is Walls of Glass. Russ Taff is one of the all-time great voices of Christian music. I'd like to hear more on Pandora.
Praise the Lord!
Pandora I would love to hear more music by Russ Taff. Albums like Walls of Glass, RussTaff, Under the Influence
jerome.zenob y
I have always made a joke that if it were not for my personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I'd worship Russ Taff - LOL! I can say that I have thanked God many times for His gift to Russ and His message through Russ. I grew up on the Imperials (Higher Power, Forgiven, On the Wind) and remember like it was yesterday when Russ went solo. I was always in our local gospel book store looking for Russ' newly released tapes (ah-yea, tapes). Do any of you remember the duet he did with LuLu Roman-Smith
Russ Taff has one of the all time great voices in Christian music and he's a nice guy! We went to Hawaii with the Imperials back in the day.
Russ Taff is still one of my favorite male vocalists. Pandora needs to get his self-titled album from the late eighties on here. IMO his best one.
Love his singing,i know his aunties,pers o n a l y , i ' m from Visiala,Calf . I play his songs in church sometimes & everyone enjoys it.
booboobear62 3
man this guy is versatile... I ' v e always liked his vocals, I would hope he's also a sweet spirit...
always makes me cry great artist and long time friend Peace
mcgrathda
Wish they had more of his older stuff from the 80's Like "Medals"
chris1.0clar k
The world needs more Russ Taff
To me Southern Gospel music is worship and I believe that Russ Taft is worshiping God when he sings. I worship with him.
pjrnailor
The guy is great! Our God is Awesome, I pray Russ can stand with his heart in God's hands. The "Christian music industry" I suspect has a lot of wolves in sheeps clothing.
He's good!
littlespider
My husband and I LOVE the Imperials (from the late 70's). They were who we listened to while in college.
One of the most fantastic Christian Artists the Christian music scene has ever hat the priviledge of worshipping through. Was saddened when I saw him put himself under the whole Gaither guilt trip manipulation though. They made him rewrite some of his songs to include their sorry sounding choirs so they could then sell the songs for themselves too. Russ doesn't need their money. He can stand alone on his own without them making him feel like he wasn't doing fantastic things for the Lord by HIS w
jamesduncan2
Amen, schornie. Plus his bio needs WAY more info than this. His influence over CCM goes way deeper than two sentences. In a time of uber-polishe d , over-produce d artists, Russ was inventing something that sounded unlike anything else out there in CCM. I remember when he performed "I Still Believe" off his self-titled release (later covered by The Call) at the Dove awards (late 80's I think) and blew everyone away.
I LOVE HIS MUSIC NEED NAME OF NEW SONGS.THANKS FOR INPUT GUYS
schornie007
Pretty weak album selection here. Where is "Medals" or "Walls of Glass" or the iconic 80's Russ Taff self titled solo album which also featured a single in the movie "The Lost Boys"... This guy is the greatest male vocalist of all time, hands down. Mad range and power. He's getting old, but his 70's and 80's hits are what inspired a whole genre of Christian Contemporary and other contemporary artists. Check out his old-school songs on The Imperials too. "Priority" is my favorite!
I would love to see "Under Their Influence" on Pandora...it ' s one of my favorite Russ Taff albums.
I agree polly70... Medals is one of my favorite albums and i'm only 22 it came out in '85 (2 years older than me)....
polly70
Russ had way more CD's - for starters Walls of Glass and Medals, Pandora, check it out.

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