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home : news : school May 24, 2016

1/27/2014 9:43:00 AM
Gospel and Broadway music star to make her first appearance at Lander

Sandi Patty, one of the most celebrated performers in the history of gospel music, will appear on stage at Lander University on Thursday, Feb. 13, presented by Greenwood Lander Performing Arts (GLPA).

Known widely as “The Voice,” she has recorded more than 30 albums and been honored with the most awards of any female vocalist in the contemporary Christian music industry. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and five gold records. She has also won 40 Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association.

The Oklahoma native became an overnight sensation in 1986 after singing the national anthem to open ceremonies in New York Harbor rededicating the Statue of Liberty.

Patty was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and three years later, the Indiana Historical Society named her an Indiana Living Legend.

While Patty’s 30-year career is rooted in gospel music, she has expanded her musical reach, incorporating Broadway standards into her performances. One of her more recent albums is titled “Broadway Stories.” She has also appeared with symphony orchestras, including the Dallas, Baltimore and Houston symphonies; the New York Pops; the Boston Pops; the Cincinnati Pops; and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.      

She has also written seven books, including “Broken on the Back Row,” for which she received a 2006 Silver Angel Award.

Cecily Ferguson, executive director of GLPA, said, “We are so very fortunate to have been able to include Sandi Patty in GLPA’s 2013-2014 season. She is an outstanding entertainer who appears before sell-out audiences all over the country, and we expect her performance at Lander will also attract a large number of her enthusiastic fans.”

Patty’s appearance is co-sponsored by Greenwood Ear, Nose and Throat; Wesley Commons; the S.C. Arts Commission; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Lander University.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in Lander’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $35 for adults and $30 for children, and may be obtained online at, or by calling the GLPA office at 864-388-8326.

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