“Why are you in Branson?”
GARY AND KIM BOYCE KORIEBA
Gary and Kim have been married since 1990 and have two sons, Gary II, 18, and Alexander, 15. Family has always been a major influence in Gary and Kim’s lives.
Gary comes from a large Italian family in Michigan. His father owned a Christian bookstore, so Gary was exposed to Christian music through the store at an early age. Kim’s dad was the general manager of a gospel radio station, so she also had the opportunity to be raised around music. Gary and Kim both grew up singing with their families, and they both wanted to be involved in Christian music.
Gary left home at 18 to join a Christian band. A few years later, he moved to Nashville, TN and got the highly coveted job of singing background vocals for Christian music legend, Russ Taff.
Kim went to college, became Miss Florida 1983-84, placed in the Top Ten at the Miss America Pageant, and then moved to Nashville. Within a year, she had a record deal and went on to have a highly successful career in Contemporary Christian Music.
It was in Nashville that Gary and Kim met. Three years later, they were married. They continued to record and travel for the next decade. When their boys were 6 and 3 years old, Gary and Kim decided that they did not want to raise their boys on a tour bus. They wanted them to have a more normal upbringing. When the opportunity arose for Gary to sing with the popular Branson music group, the Koreiba’s made the decision to leave CCM and relocate in Branson.
Kim had planned to be a stay-at-home mom, but three years after moving to Branson, she was asked to fill in for the female vocalist at the theater.
Gary and Kim believe that God has directed their paths. “The move to Branson is something we had ever thought about…we had never even been to Branson. But when the door was opened, Kim and I both knew that God was leading us,” Gary said. We moved here for our boys, but we have all grown.”