As the Goss Brothers grew in stature, Lari was learning all he could about the keyboard. He would stand off to the side of the stage and observe pianists like Jackie Marshall, Wally Varner, and Ron Fairchild. After the concert, Lari would take the musicians aside and ask them to show him different things on the piano. When at home, Lari would listen to records by Ferrante & Teicher, André Previn, and other famed pianists, and play along until he figured out exactly what the artist had played. His hard work paid off, and soon Lari began a career as a studio musician. The owner of LeFevre Sound Studio in Atlanta, GA, Maurice LeFevre, was drawn to Lari's unique style of playing and hired him to play on recordings in his studio. During that time, Lari played on recordings for groups like the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys, and many other top-tier groups of the day. Not only did Maurice hire Lari to play the piano, but he also hired Roni, who played bass, and James who played guitar, to play on sessions as well. During those years, Lari learned the art of recording and accompanying, all the while solidifying himself as one of the top session players of the day. Soon Lari and his brothers received invitations to play on recordings all over the country!
Lari always had a fondness for the majestic sound of a symphony orchestra. In his early days of producing, Lari began to write string arrangements, which soon led to writing full orchestrations - an art he is truly a master of today. During his "learning years," Lari developed a unique and distinctive style of arranging, playing, and producing. While in Georgia, Lari tried his hand at secular music- even orchestrating for "The Tonight Show"- but he soon went back to his true calling...gospel music.
On one memorable occasion, Lari was preparing to record with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra for the first time. (Something he would do many times after.) Lari tells how he was extremely nervous about conducting the greatest orchestra in the world. In London, at CBS Studios, Lari's turn came to record. He timidly walked to the podium in front of 85 of the greatest musicians in the world, raised his baton, then hesitated. "Before we do this, I just want to say that you are the greatest orchestra in the world, and I'm not that great of an arranger, but just try to follow me as best you can... In fact, I'll follow you!" After the recording ended, the entire London Symphony Orchestra stood to their feet to give Lari Goss a standing ovation. As he walked back into the control room, the engineer said to Lari, "We had Henry Mancini in here yesterday, and John Williams before him, and they didn't get a standing ovation. I've never seen the London Symphony do that!"
In 1980, tragedy struck. Lari's oldest brother, James, was killed in a plane crash. Lari and his only remaining brother, Roni, were devastated. James had been the business mind behind the Goss Brothers since the beginning. Together, Lari and Roni chose not to continue the Goss Brothers without James. Still fighting the grief over his brother's death, Lari moved to Nashville in 1980 to begin producing. Lari had some friends who were already established and respected producers in the Nashville area, Phil Johnson and Joe Huffman, who would hire him to play the piano and orchestrate for them. That eventually led to more and more production jobs, like the Speer Family, the Cathedrals, the Gaither Vocal Band, Larnelle Harris, Phil Driscoll, and countless others. Lari tells how he cherishes his relationship with the artists he produces. He says they are like family to him. During his early years in Nashville, Lari met his wife, Carolyn. The two have been happily married for over 30 years. When asked, Lari will credit Carolyn for everything he has been able to do; but more importantly, he gives all the glory to Jesus Christ.
Despite an ongoing battle with cancer, Lari Goss is still producing some of the most popular artists of the gospel music genre: Greater Vision, the Booth Brothers, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, the Hoppers, and many more. He still lives in the Nashville area with his wife, Carolyn. Lari Goss's influence will undoubtedly be heard in gospel music forever. Who knows... maybe someday in Heaven, the heavenly choir and orchestra will be singing a Lari Goss arrangement!