Although most fans know the family as the Sawyers, David and Kathy chose “Simple Gifts” for the name of the band. “Simple Gifts” is the title of a song they love and the reference allows them to talk about the gift each individual has. David and Kathy proclaim to the audience that everyone has a gift to give back, and no gift is unimportant. The family earned the Best Group Harmony – Western Music Association, two times in a row.
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Country Music At Its Finest With The Sawyer Family in Llano
Photo: Kathy West Sawyer
The Sawyer family’s band, Simple Gifts, will present country music in Llano, Texas on April 3 at the Heart of Texas Country Museum.
Photo: Kathy West and Greg Bade
The Sawyers are down-home folk who love God, country, and each other. Before Kathy entered his life, David grew a reputation in the United States as a singer/songwriter. He toured Japan and Russia singing and playing various instruments with his original music. At his shows, he also performed renditions composed by other song writers.
David’s recent past awards include:
- 2015 Male Yodeler of the Year – Western Music Association
- Stand Out New Cast Member – Male – “The Promise” in Glenrose, Texas
- Two-time finalist in the 2015 Kerrville New Folk Competition
David met Kathy, also a music performer, through mutual friends and they married in 1998. The husband and wife duo provide the nucleus for the group. Kathy, talented in her own right, had toured with Up With People from 1984 -1988—performing in the US, Canada and Europe. The Super Bowl XX half-time show was a highlight for her. She was voted Stand Out New Cast Member – Female – “The Promise” in Glenrose, Texas
Photo: Kathy Sawyer
Leah Grace was born in May, 2001, and David and Kathy taught her to sing before she could walk. The guitar, fiddle, and piano came a bit later. Her awards include: Crescendo (Rising Star) Award – Western Music Association, Two times All State Piano, two times Red Steagall Fiddle Contest, Athens fiddle contest winner, and Cowboy True Fiddle Contest winner. She can also belt out a tune. Do you like yodeling? She can do that, too.