Many Hollywood households are large and blended as a result of several marriages and adoptions. But did you know that Guy Penrod, an American gospel music artist, and his wife, Angie Clark, have their own family of eight children? Yes, you read that correctly: the couple has seven attractive sons and a charming girl.
As inconvenient as it may seem, the pair managed to get through the years relatively unscathed. The children have grown up and started their own families, so the Penrods are now ready to take on the role of grandparents to their three granddaughters!
A Love Story that Began Three Decades Ago
In an era when divorce is common, the Penrods have stayed together through thick and thin. The romance that began as a high school romance has already lasted 35 years. Penrod and Clark met at Liberty University, when he was about to start his junior year and his wife was a freshman.
Clark was a good basketball player in his younger days, and Penrod was, and still is, a soulful singer. He first saw her tall and gorgeous wife in the summer, when she was betting with her friends to get over a hurdle. “That’s the gal for me-right there,” Penrod stated after Clark won the bet.
After being acquainted by a mutual acquaintance, the gospel singer requested a movie date with the athletic beauty. After three months of dating, the singer proposed to her and asked her to marry him. She first did not respond to the question, and he assumed that when a girl does not respond to a question, “it’s a big NO.” But, fortunately for him, after a few weeks on her birthday, his Ohio Sports Hall of Famer wife said yes.
Her father insisted him wait until he graduated college to marry her, so the college romance lasted two years. On the day of their wedding, the singer graduated at 10:00 a.m. and married at 8 p.m.
The Penrods have been extended.
Soon after their 1985 wedding, the couple relocated to Atlanta, where the Texas native worked as a piano instructor. They later relocated to the countryside of Nashville, Tennessee, where Penrod continued his musical career.
Tyler, their firstborn, was born not long after. They gradually expanded their family, and in the end, they were blessed with seven sons and a daughter, the youngest of the group. Tyler, Logan, Joe, Jesse, Levi, Grayson, Zach, and Lacy are their children in order of age.
Apparently, the couple never discussed the size of their family in the past since they believed in God. The Nashville couple claimed in an interview with Family Life that his wife wanted the youngest three children, including the daughter. Furthermore, the former basketball star was astounded at how she managed to care for the children alone, given that the singer was usually on a musical tour throughout the week.
…when I was holding a two-year-old with another on the way—and there were two, four, six, and eight—and all I wanted to do was go grocery shopping. My parents had not yet moved down, and they would ask, “How are you—how do you do that?” And that was the extent of my knowledge.
When it comes to their children, Tyler, Logan, Jesse, and Joey, the four oldest, are now married and living happily ever after. Furthermore, Logan, Jesse, and Joey have already begun their own families and are the proud fathers of their daughters.
As Grandparents, the Next Stage of Parenthood
As much as the musician and his wife have cherished being parents to eight children, they are now preparing to become grandparents.
Three granddaughters have been born to the country couple. In February 2020, the musician also uploaded a sweet Instagram photo of himself cradling his first grandchild.