Forgiven is best described as dedicated, talented and sincere.
Cloid and Debbie form this duo,
whose music and testimony
communicate to the listener their
love for Jesus Christ.
Seldom does a gospel group come along with
a sweeter harmony, professional appearance and heartfelt desire for ministry than FORGIVEN.
The primary focus of their ministry is the church and their purpose is to provide through music
and testimony a worship service for the Christian and an evangelistic service for the unsaved.
Perhaps the greatest compliment given to Forgiven was from a Pastor's wife when she stated
that she loved the music and spirit, but what she appreciated most was that
Forgiven displayed no arrogance in their abilities, simply gave praise to the Savior.
Their dedication to spreading the gospel in song is best reflected in their backgrounds.
Cloid and Debbie Baker have devoted nearly all of their Christian lives to singing the good news of Jesus Christ.
They have a rich heritage in Gospel Music, as their backgrounds include serving
with two icons in the gospel music industry, the Gaithers and the Weatherfords.
Debbie traveled with the Weatherfords in the early 1970s, at the same time Cloid was traveling with the Bill Gaither Trio.
After their marriage in 1972, they both traveled with the Weatherfords and when
Danny Gaither left the Bill Gaither Trio in 1977 to start his own group,
he chose Cloid & Debbie to be part of his ministry. Over the years,
they have maintained a singing group and served in several local churches as Minister of Music and Pianist. Cloid &
Debbie started the group Forgiven in 1988, traveling year round and singing in 200 or more services each year.
They consistently strive for vocal excellence and to maintain a high level of integrity as they work with pastors
and promoters across the country. Cloid and Debbie are the parents of two children, both married and serving the Lord.
Shawna, her husband Paul, and their son, Max, live in Cincinnati, OH and serve in their local church.
Chad, his wife Bethany, and their two sons, Carson and Cole, live in Mosheim, TN where Chad is part of the Greater Vision ministry.
FORGIVEN has recorded for Counterpoint Productions (Dr. Charles Novell, Middletown, OH),
The Eddie Crook Company in Nashville, TN, on their Morning Star label, and Forgiven Music Group.
They have been recognized by many national southern gospel music publications, including SoGospelNews.com,
Gospel Music Profiles, Streets of Gold and Southern Gospel Music Forum.
They have been featured multiple times in the distinguished Singing News Magazine -
with profile stories on the group and in Roy Pauley's "In My Opinion" article.
Forgiven has participated in television appearances on Phipps Gospel Sing,
Andy Bryan's Spirit of Praise, Atlanta Live, Hazen Ministries, TV 49 in Augusta, GA,
Nightline Program in Greenville, SC, TCT Ministries and Daystar Network. Forgiven made their first
appearance on the National Quartet Convention Main Stage in September, 2014, which
was the first year for the convention to be held in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Forgiven uses state of the art professional high-end sound equipment, tailoring it to meet the needs of the venue.