Dony McGuire spent his early years performing in churches and concert halls with such popular Gospel groups as The Downings, The Galileans, and The Rebels Quartet. His extraordinary talent as a singer, pianist, arranger, and producer enabled him to become one of Christian music’s most beloved and sought after artists.
But his success came with a price, eventually leading to divorce, drug addiction, alcohol abuse and another failing marriage.
“Nobody sets out to be an addict,” Dony explains. “For me it started with abusing cold remedies … to drinking … smoking pot … popping pills … to snorting … shooting up. You never believe you’re an addict until it’s too late. It took getting a DUI and going to jail to begin my wake-up call.”
When Dony and Reba were married in 1980, he was well into his addiction, and she was oblivious to the extent of his disease. What appeared to be a storybook romance quickly became a nightmare.
“The insanity of addiction really does become a family disease,” says Reba. “I soon became as dysfunctional and sick as Dony. We both had already gone through the hell of divorce and now a second one seemed inevitable.”
But God had other plans. Through a series of miracles (Biblical in proportion) and with the help of trusted pastors and friends, Dony was delivered from his addictive lifestyle and his marriage to Reba Rambo-McGuire restored.
One of the major highlights of Dony’s career was receiving the 1980 GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Album for the musical he wrote with Reba, The Lord’s Prayer, and performed at the 1981 GRAMMY Awards show with other acclaimed artists. They also received a Dove Award that year for the same project.
With devotion to his craft, Dony McGuire has provided familiar songs such as “A Perfect Heart,” “Upon This Rock,” “Wounded Soldier,” and “Because Of Whose I Am.” His songs have been performed by Christian music’s most famous artists as well as Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, and his recordings and production work have garnered some of the most prestigious honors.
Dony continues to compose and write songs with his wife Reba, including several new collaborations with Bill and Gloria Gaither and many other well known writers across all genres of music. He recently produced two projects for Rambo McGuire, joined by their children Destiny and Israel and Reba's father Buck, commemorating the music of The Rambos. Grassroots Rambos won him the 2012 Dove Award for Bluegrass Album Of The Year. Dony is working on a new duet project for Reba and himself featuring some of their latest writings.
The McGuires devote a portion of their schedule to teaching creative writing workshops. In these dynamic classes, young and seasoned writers receive practical instruction in the craft of writing songs, stories, sermons, and speeches.
Dony and Reba also teach and minister to thousands weekly through their online church, The River. They broadcast the Good News of God's unconditional love to the world 24/7! Video messages are updated weekly and can be viewed anytime at www.StreamingTheRiver.com.
Dony and Reba are proud parents to two children, their spouses, and one grandson: Dionne and her husband Scott Dismuke, Destiny Rambo McGuire and her husband, Joel Khouri, Israel Anthem McGuire and his wife, Lauren, and grandson Dyson Dismuke.
Dony and Reba share their story as guests on WSM's Nashville Today show.