Anderson University alumna and renowned award-winning Christian recording artist Sandi Patty will sing the national anthem before the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. This will mark the sixth time Patty has sung “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Indianapolis 500, more than any other individual performer.
AU alum and recording artist Jon McLaughlin will sing "God Bless America" in place of Florence Henderson, who is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, and alumnus Ron Duncan will play taps.
"It is my honor to sing the national anthem again at this year’s Indianapolis 500,” Patty said. “I am proud to have called Indiana my home for so long, and it’s a privilege to be a part of this event, so rich in history and tradition, that showcases Indianapolis as one of the best cities in the world. To be back home again in Indiana during the greatest spectacle in sports will be such a thrill for me.”
Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and 40 Dove Awards during her 30-year career. She has sold more than 11 million records, with three certified platinum and five certified gold.
“Sandi Patty is a Hoosier and national musical treasure, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back home to Indiana to sing the national anthem,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief operating officer. “Her majestic voice will fill the crowd with pride and patriotism just moments before the engines are fired at the 97th Indianapolis 500.”
Later this year, Patty will return to Anderson University to host Woven Threads, a special concert of several musically accomplished AU alumni on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the York Performance Hall on the Anderson University campus for the benefit of her alma mater. The concert will also feature legendary gospel artists Bill and Gloria Gaither, Jon McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, Jeff Owen of Tenth Avenue North, Christa Wells, and Alanna Story. Read more about the Woven Threads concert.
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.