As a young man, Gordon became one of the first blind students in the country to be mainstreamed into the public-school system and later received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University. After three years at JSU, he transferred to Nashville’s Belmont University and graduated with honors. Two days after graduation, Country music legend Lee Greenwood asked Mote to join his band. Greenwood became the first of many popular entertainers with whom Gordon has shared the stage over the past three decades, including Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, & Canton Junction. Gordon has received multiple awards from Music Row Magazine, as well as the Academy of Country Music, who has named him Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year twice. ACM has nominated him again this year for the 17th time. It might be tempting for this blind boy from Alabama to claim credit for the good things in his life, but Mote realizes that all he has is heaven-sent.