Christian singer Sandi Patty to get in on the ‘Fun’

Jessica Fischer • Jul 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Long before NBC struck ratings gold with its reality television singing competition, Christian vocalist Sandi Patty was “The Voice.”

With 40 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and five gold records to her credit, Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history.

Fun Fest will welcome Patty in concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17 at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center. She will be accompanied by First Baptist Church of Kingsport’s Sanctuary Choir.

Tickets are $18 and are available at the Fun Fest Store, located at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St., in downtown Kingsport.

Patty was introduced to the world with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Virtually overnight, she became one of the country’s best-loved performers.

Her version of the national anthem has become synonymous with patriotic celebrations and she has performed it at “A Capitol Fourth” with the National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the Dedication of Camp David Chapel and on ABC’s Fourth of July Special.

She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and named an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over 30 albums, including her latest Dove Award-winning album, “The Edge of the Divine” (2010).

While her 30-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Patty has had the opportunity in more recent years to extend her career outside the genre. She has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Her debut full-length symphonic pops album “Broadway Stories,” conducted by Maestro Jack Everly, was released in October 2011.

In addition to her prolific musical career, Patty is also an accomplished author. For her best-selling book “Broken on the Back Row,” she received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her other titles include “Life in the Blender,” “Falling Forward,” “Layers” and her latest book, “The Edge of the Divine.”

Patty and her husband, Don, have eight children. They currently reside in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Sponsors of Patty’s concert in Kingsport are McSpadden Video Productions, First Baptist Church of Kingsport and Eastman Chemical Company.

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