Due to overwhelming demand following the announcement of the Woven Threads concert this fall, Anderson University alumna and award-winning Christian artist Sandi Patty, along with legendary gospel performers Bill and Gloria Gaither, will present a second identical benefit concert with other musically accomplished AU alumni on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in the York Performance Hall on the AU campus. Joining Patty and the Gaithers for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts will be a number of accomplished performers featuring pop rock singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin; Dove Award-winning Christian band Sidewalk Prophets; and Jeff Owen, lead guitarist of Tenth Avenue North. Dove Award-winning songwriter Christa Wells will also join this impressive list of artists, as well as singer-songwriters Ally and Anna Long of the Christian band Alanna Story and AU student performer Rob Krosley. Tickets for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts may be purchased through iTickets at: http://www.itickets.com/events/305859.html.
Entitled “Woven Threads,” the two concerts will bring together some of AU’s most well-known alumni musical talent to support the university where each developed their talent and began their careers. This selection of performers and artists will be supported by faculty musicians from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Anderson University. “Woven Threads” will feature many familiar songs specifically selected by Patty herself and performed live through a unique acoustic setting. Music performed during the concert will be uniquely arranged and presented by each artist and featured on a special live recording by the same name for future release.
"We've been thrilled at the response to the concert and are so glad it's going to work out to have another show the same day, said Patty. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of artists and we are all excited to have another opportunity to honor our alma mater through this incredible event."
About Sandi Patty:
Sandi Patty has won 40 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and became a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. Her albums have sold more than 11 million units, garnering her three platinum and five gold recordings. As the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, her voice is still the gold standard by which all who follow are measured. For more information, visit: www.sandipatty.com.
About Bill and Gloria Gaither:
Gospel music legends Bill and Gloria Gaither began their relationship with Anderson University as students. After their college days, they launched successful careers in music ministry. The Gaithers have collaborated on hundreds of popular gospel songs, winning many Grammy Awards and Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association (GMA). They have earned the title of the GMA’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times. In the year 2000, Bill and Gloria were named “Songwriters of the Century” by ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors, Publishers. For more information, visit: www.gaither.com.
About Jon McLaughlin:
Jon McLaughlin has sold more than 170,000 albums and more than 1 million digital tracks. McLaughlin released his 2007 debut album Indiana, followed by OK Now in 2008. The albums yielded placements on the TV Series Scrubs and movies including Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. Jon’s most recent album Promising Promises was released last year and includes his latest single “Summer Is Over” featuring Sara Bareilles. For more information, visit: www.jonmcl.com.
About Sidewalk Prophets:
Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian band from Nashville, Tenn. Their album These Simple Truths contained the single "The Words I Would Say," which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011. The group has won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for “New Artist of the Year.” The band has toured in the Rock and Worship Roadshow with MercyMe and Francesca Battistelli, among others. For more information, visit: www.sidewalkprophets.com.
About Jeff Owen:
Jeff Owen is the lead guitarist for Tenth Avenue North, a contemporary Christian band from West Palm Beach, Fla. The band has toured with David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns and MercyMe and headlines their own dates throughout the U.S. They won the "New Artist of the Year" award at the 40th GMA Dove Awards in April 2009. The band’s song “By Your Side” won the GMA Dove Award for Song of the Year in 2010. For more information, visit: www.tenthavenuenorth.com.
About Christa Wells:
Known for the past several years for her poignant, poetic and honest songwriting, Christa Wells is finding her own place as a performing artist. Christa has written with numerous Nashville artists and had songs cut by artists such as Plumb, Point of Grace, Sara Groves, Selah, and Natalie Grant. Several have been hit singles, including most notably “Held” recorded by Natalie Grant, which received airplay in both Christian and mainstream markets and earned her the GMA “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2006. For more information, visit: www.christawellsmusic.com.
About Alanna Story:
Born in Bellingham, Wash., into a family with a deep faith and musical heritage, Ally and Anna Long were captivated by the musical arts from an early age. In 2009, Alanna Story released an 8-song EP entitled “Keep Breathing.” The sisters—along with band members Stephen West (guitar), Joel Burkhead (bass), and Ben Hodge (drums) came back in 2012 with a with a 9-song EP called “Flickering Spark.” Both projects have earned high praise from music critics and listeners alike. For more information, visit: www. alannastory.com.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.