America: A Call to Greatness

 

 

Musicians

Top musicians from around the nation assembled for the massive production, America – A Call to Greatness. Fourteen large-scale patriotic musical numbers were produced in studios in Los Angeles and Houston to the MGM-DISNEY STUDIOS in Orlando. From “sea to shinning sea” in all fifty states, America – A Call to Greatness camera teams capture the look and special qualities that make up America and her people.  These scenes are incorporated into the drama and musical numbers that capture American history in an entertaining and thoughtful way.

 

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America: A Call to Greatness is the best film on America’s founding that’s been made. It’s not a ‘Mission Impossible’ task to enjoy this great historical ‘Biography’.”

 

                      -Peter Graves comments on America: A Call to Greatness  

 

Larnelle Harris

Larnelle Harris: (sings — Let Freedom Ring )

Few names are as synonymous with Inspirational music as Larnelle Harris. He has become one of America’s most renowned artists. Admired by fans and peers alike for his majestic tenor voice, Larnelle has become the epitome of talent and integrity in a career that spans over three decades.  Honored with five Grammy Awards, eleven Dove Awards including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times, a Stellar Award and numerous other accolades, Larnelle was one of the first Christian artists to cross racial barriers and build healing bridges with predominantly white churches who had never had a black singer on their platform. He has garnered nineteen #1 radio singles and countless top 10 hits, including three top 10 national Inspirational singles coming in the past 12 months alone. Songs such as How Excellent Is Thy Name, I Miss My Time With You, I've Just Seen Jesus, plus many others, including his signature song, Amen, are now considered modern classics.

From the White House to the danger zone of the 38th Parallel, Larnelle has impacted audiences across the globe with his music and ministry. He was the first Christian artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union.  He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council's Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song Mighty Spirit as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.

 

Phil Driscoll

Phil Driscoll: (on trumpet sings — America the Beautiful)

Phil Driscoll is a world-class trumpet player-singer-composer and a consummate performer whose Grammy-winning music draws strength from his dynamic personality, powerful energy and personal passion. He has played for four United States Presidents, Reagan, G. H. W. Bush, Carter and Clinton and for many national events including the dedication of Bill Clinton’s presidential library and the memorial services following the Columbine High School tragedy. He played on numerous top television shows – Steve Allen, Della Reese, Merv Griffin, and landed an unprecedented 8-minute spot on the illustrious Ed Sullivan Show, earning a standing ovation.

In the 70’s Phil wrote for and toured with the legendary Joe Cocker.  He composed pop material for both Joe Cocker and Blood Sweat and Tears.  In his career, Phil has played with many of Rock n Roll’s legends including Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston as well as performing classical music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1983, Driscoll earned a Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the year as well as a Grammy nomination in the Best Gospel/Pop Album category.  He won additional Dove’s for Album of the Year in 1984 and 1987 and for Best Instrumentalist in 1984 and 1985.

In 1984 he shared a Grammy with singer Debby Boone for Best Gospel Performance for the song, Keep the Fire Burning from Boon’s album, Surrender.

 

Benjamin (Gaither)

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Benjamin (Gaither): (joins with Greg X. Volz singing I Love America)

Benjy Gaither grew up in a famously musical family where his undeniable aptitude for music was nurtured and encouraged early in his childhood. The son of ASCAP’s Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Benjy’s home environment provided a valuable training ground for him to make his own unique mark on his generation.

An accomplished songwriter, producer and creative director, Benjy is the president of Live Bait Productions, where he has led the creation of a variety of computer animated children’s videos. His role as a bluegrass-crooning goat named Japeth in the 2006 animated feature film, Hoodwinked earned critical acclaim and was touted by multiple movie critics as the highlight of the movie.

Gaither’s songs have been recorded by a wide range of award-winning country, contemporary and gospel performers, and his music has been enjoyed all over the world through the international success of the Homecoming video series. Whether through laughter as a crazed singing goat or through deeply moving lyrics created to help a weary soul across a valley, Benjy is firm in his resolve to use his gifts to send a positive message in his ever-expanding sphere of influence. Although he has contributed to the entertainment industry for two decades, Benjy continues to impact his generation with his own unique legacy of excellence and creative ingenuity.


Point of Grace

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Point of Grace: (sing Living the Legacy)

It is no surprise to those who have followed Point of Grace’s groundbreaking success in the gospel market that the gifted group saw their audience expand to the country music arena with the poignant hit How You Live (Turn Up the Music). The title track took home the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year. Though some artists might tweak their sound to appeal to a new audience, Point of Grace simply continued to make the same positive, life-affirming music distinguished by soaring harmonies and compelling lyrics.

The group formed at Ouachita Baptist University and quickly caught the attention of Word Records executives. The readily identifiable sound has fueled one of the most successful careers in gospel music. Point of Grace has sold more than five million albums, won eight Dove Awards and received two Grammy nods. They’ve earned two platinum and five gold albums and have scored more than two dozen No. 1 hits at Christian radio, among them Steady On, The Great Divide, and Circle of Friends.

Most recently, the talented trio has been busy in the studio recording three new songs to add to the deluxe edition of their award-winning How You Live project. They reprise that hit on the new collection as well as serve up two new tunes — I Wish and King of the World.

The same enthusiasm that led college friends to form a vocal group permeates their every performance today. They are happy to be singing for old friends who’ve been fans for years and for the new fans they’ve made during this latest chapter of their career. Point of Grace has an expanding new audience who, without their influence, may have never turned on a Christian radio station.

 

Stand together from the musical Heal Our Land

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Stand Together from the music Heal Our Land sung by:

Leon Patillo                       Rick & Cathy Riso
Tata Vega                         Terry Clark
Annie Herring                 Jean Luc Lajole
Jamie Collins

 

Stand Together from the musical, Heal Our Land, written by Jimmy and Carol Owens brought together many of the greats in vocal music.  The southern California writers have been writing and publishing for more than thirty years, producing such musicals as Show Me!, Come Together,  If My People, The Witness, The Victor, Come Together Again, The Glory of Christmas, and Heal Our Land. Their Antshillvania musical was a Dove nominee, and was the first Christian album nominated for a Grammy in a secular category. In addition to their musical projects, their books include If My People, Words and Music, and Heal Our Land.

 The special performance of the wonderful song, Stand Together taken from the Heal Our Land musical was filmed at Church on The Wayin Van Nuys, California. The singers performing who appear in America—A Call to Greatness include:

Leon Patillo  The term “legend” is thrown around quite loosely these days, but in the case of Leon Patillo's musical accomplishments, it certainly applies. The singer/songwriter is perhaps best known for fronting Santana, one of the most seminal acts of the 1970s' rock and roll landscape with an indelible hit string that penetrated all facets of pop culture. Besides that incredible run, Patillo is also recognized for his work with Funkadelic and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, while the last two and a half decades have been filled with a consistent and ground-breaking solo career.

Tata Vega

Tata Vega is a rare and exceptional artist who has had the opportunity to cross nearly every musical boundary while remaining true to who she is. Tata moved to Los Angeles from her Long Island hometown in the '70s and signed with Motown in 1976. She issued three LPs for the label in the late '70s and did background work with Carl Anderson and Lou Rawls, then switched to gospel in the '80s performing lead vocals on an Andre Crouch single, Oh, It Is Jesus, in 1987. After years as a session vocalist, Vega returned to the spotlight in 1998 with a popular hit, Now I See.

As a soloist with Motown, Tata released four critically acclaimed albums (Full Speed Ahead, Totally Tata, Try My Love, Givin' All My Love). She scored two international hits (I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby and Get It Up For Love), which topped charts in both America and Europe.  Tata was the voice of the infamous Shug Avery in The Color Purple. Her recording led to an Oscar nomination and performance, followed by other motion picture soundtracks including The Lion King, Amistad, Forrest Gump and others.

Annie Herring

Annie Herring’s music is wonderful and different. She and her Husband Buck joined by their children began their professional careers touring Christian Coffeehouses and Churches. But then one of their songs,Jesus Is, caught the ear of Pat Boone who arranged a contract with MGM records, and their now well-known singing ensemble, The 2nd Chapter of Acts was born. By 1973, they had entered the music ministry full-time.

These early experiences established the group's identity with the body of Christ who eagerly welcomed their fresh Christianmusic expression of faith. This laid a solid foundation for what has become a hallmark musical ministry and established The 2nd Chapter of Acts as one of contemporary Christian music's pioneers.

Besides the spiritual power of their music, other factors catapulted Acts into the public spotlight. First, touring with the New Christy Minstrel, Barry McGuire exposed them to a built-in audience each concert. Second,Easter Song was getting airplay on secular radio stations as well as the few contemporary Christian programs that existed. The group recorded over 16 albums. Annie was the primary songwriter of their original songs, with occasional help from others in the group.

After multiple recordings and 16 years of touring and over 1000 concerts later The 2nd Chapter of Acts prayerfully retired as a group in 1988, but not before doing a "farewell" tour. In every city, they sang to packed auditoriums finishing their final concert in Houston, Texas, where 7500 people attending rose to their feet and gave them a standing ovation.

Jamie Owens Collins

Jamie Owens Collins has been traveling internationally as a songwriter/artist since the age of 17. She has gained a long-standing reputation for music of great depth and spiritual integrity. Jamie traveled the world and sung to hundreds of thousands of people before joining her husband, Dan as an original member of the Praise Band.  She became a featured soloist during the first 7 years of the Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie and the Franklin Graham Crusades.

Ms. Collins continues to minister with music and teaching at women's seminars, retreats and conferences. Jamie has written commentary for two Bibles; the Women Of Destiny Bible and The Worship Bible. As a songwriter she has written classic songs such as The Battle Belongs To The Lord, You Have Broken The Chains, and The Victor.

Rick & Cathy Riso

With musical ministry experience spanning well over a decade and concert performances throughout the world, Rick and Cathy Riso utilize a variety of fresh musical styles, while maintaining a clear focus in their ministry as one of encouragement to Christians everywhere!

Rick for years has been established as a studio singer in Los Angeles and is recognized for his vocal work on movies such as The Lion King, The Preacher's Wife, Jungle 2 Jungle, Nixon and Rocketman. In addition, he is the lead voice on national television and radio commercials for Albertsons grocery stores, Nokia, Shakey's Pizza, Burger King and Levi's Nice Pants dockers, to name a few.

Cathy Riso’s professional life has rim the gamut from theatrical performances to touring work with such notables as Julio Iglesias and Placido Domingo. Her numerous studio recording credits, including singing on such movies as The Preacher's Wife, Jungle 2 Jungle, and the Disney animated release, Mulan.

As committed Christians, Rick and Cathy Riso have made quality in their musical ministry a top priority.

Terry Clark

Terry Clark was been involved in the growth of Contemporary Christian music for many years. During the early pioneer days of Christian Music, Terry was part of a group called Children of Faith, which recorded one album in 1974. Although the group never became widely known, it was a stepping-stone in the development of Terry's later ministry.

After Children of Faith disbanded Terry joined the Myrrh recording group Liberation Suite for their 1975 European tour with Chuck Girard. It was during the tour that Terry became good friends with Chuck, which resulted in his eventual signing with Good News Records. Following his work as part of several group ministries, Terry presented his music as a solo artist. An expert musician, accomplished on keyboards and guitar, Terry came forth with a progressive work cutting his first solo album, Welcome with Good News Records.

Jean Luc Lajoie

Jean Luc LaJoie was born in Quebec City, Canada and started music at a young age.  Later, with the urging of a family member, he moved to Albuquerque. Later he co-wrote and recorded his first song, Letter of Love, which became the first song on his first album.  The rest is history. His career never stopped but continued to grow.  Over the years his music and sound changed, becoming even richer.  The heart of what Jean Luc does is as a minister of The Word through the powerful medium of music.  Today, married and the father of 3 children, he’s relocated to California but his purpose and work has remained unchanged. He views music as a vehicle and natural platform to present a portion of his ministry.

 

4HIM

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4Him: (sing The Basics of Life)

The multiple award-winning gospel group 4HIM is known for its upbeat, beautiful harmony and poignant, message-laden lyrics. For four ordinary guys (as they describe themselves) who couldn’t imagine anything better than singing about Jesus, the past 15 years have been more like a dream come to life. 4HIM has shared the gospel of Jesus Christ through the powerful, incomparable medium of music since their beginnings singing with the well-known ensemble group, Truth.

Since their formation in 1989, their harmonic convergence blended the best of tradition from past decades in Christian music with modern pop sensibilities and no-holds-barred, real life lyrics.  From the group’s first No. 1 hit single, Where There Is Faith, audiences sat up and took notice of the fresh-faced foursome from down south. For over fifteen years they have continued to create music that not only met the needs of listeners but pushed the creative envelope as the mainstream pop music scene evolved into something a little less slick, less produced.

Throughout their time together, 4HIM sold more than 2 million records, enjoyed twenty number one radio singles, and were nominated for more than 30 Dove Awards including three Group of the Year, and a Grammy Award nomination. They received much acclaim for their 11 hit albums including an RIAA Gold certified album The Basics of Life, as well as Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame for The Governor’s Achievement Award.  In addition to their numerous tours across the nation, the group has also been featured performers with the Billy Graham and Louis Palau crusades.

 

Babbie Mason

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Babbie Mason: (sings God of Our Fathers)

Babbie Mason’s singing and songwriting efforts have produced fifteen recordings and an abundance of timeless compositions that are embraced by churches worldwide.  Each One Reach One, Standing in the Gap, Trust His Heart, All in Favor, Jesus the One and Only, Hallowed Be Thy Name, With All My Heart, are but a sampling of the songs that have made Mason a towering presence in the music of the modern day church. She penned the award-winning classic, All Rise, one of the most recorded songs in Christian music. 

Powerful lyrics and singable melodies have made her songs some of the best loved by choirs and soloists.

Babbie’s award-winning music is heard on radio and television worldwide and her works frequently appear in the church hymnals. A host of Dove and Stellar nominations line her wall and she has reaped two Dove Awards, one for Musical of the Year, Make Us One, and another for Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, Stop by the Church. She has graced the platform with such dignitaries as Presidents Carter, Bush and Ford, performers such as Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends, and preachers such as Pastor Jim Cymbala and Dr. Billy Graham.  She is part of the Women of Faith Tour, the most talked about women’s’ conference that attracts thousands of women from coast to coast.  Such noted artists as Cece Winans, Larnelle Harris, Helen Baylor and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir have all recorded her Compositions.

Ms. Mason adds yet another title to her list of talents as singer, songwriter, college professor and talk show host. In her second book, FaithLift, she encourages one to step out from under the ominous cloud of doubt and fear that perhaps keeps the heart paralyzed. With transparent honesty, Babbie touches the deep places of the soul with heartwarming stories and real-life experiences, challenging the reader to rely on the truths of God's Word in spite of how they may feel.


Andraé Crouch

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Andraé Crouch: (sings We Are His People)

Andraé Edward Crouch is credited with expanding the gospel vocabulary to include elements of R&B and modern popular styles. This contemporary gospel's pioneer over a thirty-year career became one of the most influential musicians in the United States.

Crouch's solo career began with the LP Just Andraé in 1972, and throughout the 1970s his reputation rose steadily. Crouch toured worldwide, and in 1975 and 1979 performed to sellout audiences at New York's Carnegie Hall. He and his group, The Disciples, stormed a citadel of secular culture with an appearance on the NBC television Saturday Night Live comedy show in 1980; Crouch was later invited back for a solo performance. Crouch and the Disciples took home Grammy Awards every year from 1978 through 1981, and Crouch's presence on the annual Dove Christian Music Awards roster was practically guaranteed for several years.

The Crouch bandwagon rolled on for several more years, with the singer adding a new entry to his long list of Grammy Awards with one for the No Time to Lose album of 1984.  Travel eventually took its toll so the artist decided to leave the road for a while.  Yet his music never ceased.  He produced and composed songs for other artists, including 1980s superstar Michael Jackson, and gained critical acclaim for the historically detailed music he composed and arranged for the 1985 film The Color Purple.

Crouch's life took a new direction following the sudden death of his mother, father, and brother. Andraé took over his father's ministry and soon discovered that the church attendance had doubled. Crouch released the Mercy CD in 1994, for which he won yet another Grammy Award.  He has continued to record through the 1990s and into the 2000s, releasing Pray in 1997, quickly followed by Gift of Christmas in 1998, Hall of Fame in 1999, Legends of the Gospel in 2002, Kings of Gospel in 2003, and He's Everywhere in 2004.

 

Lee Greenwood

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Lee Greenwood (sings — God Bless the U.S.A.)

Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America’s cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA. If he’d never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful inspiring ballad. However, the song is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood’s successful career. With his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting and unparalleled showmanship, Greenwood has been captivating audiences for decades.

After more than a dozen years of relentless touring, Greenwood made the decision to scale back and spend more time with his family. In 1995 the veteran performer opened the Lee Greenwood Theater in Sevierville, Tennessee, a booming tourist town in the Smoky Mountains. After five years, midst a heavy demand for personal appearances, Greenwood resumed touring nationally. He was in constant demand, particularly after the terrorist attacks of September 11 when the nation once again embraced God Bless the USA as part of the healing process.

Never one to rest, Greenwood continues to write and record with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his stellar career. “I want my family to see what I do and not just what I did,” he says of sharing his passion for music. “I could have been a carpenter or a farmer, but I love the spirit of music. That love still flows and I’m writing much more than I have in previous years. I want to create something new.”

Lee has won numerous accolades including two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association and the CMA Song of the Year honor in 1985 for God Bless the USA. He has won the Top Male Vocal Performance in 1983 for I.O.U. His lengthy string of hits includes such classics as Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands, It Turns Me Inside Out, Somebody’s Gonna Love You, I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose) and Dixie Road.

 

Greg X Volz

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Greg X. Volz: (sings A Call to Greatness, and a duet , I Love America with Benjamin)

Greg X Volz (the 'X' is for Xavier) is best known as the lead vocalist for the legendary rock band Petra during their golden years (1977-1986).

As an incredible rock singer with a 4-octave range, Greg Volz was offered the role of lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon in the 70s and worked for a time with legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy, as well as performing the lead role in Ezekiel, a rock stage musical. He spent most of the following decade using his vocal talents to give Petra their signature, arena-rock sound, performing an average of 160 concerts per year. After lending his talents as a guest vocalist on Petra's Come and Join Us release in 1976, Volz was invited to join Petra full-time, and the rest is history.

Petra deserves credit for demonstrating the viability of rock 'n' roll as a medium for Christian expression. They were among the first faith-based rock outfits to tour with extensive light shows and special effects. For many years, they were Christian music's best-selling band (over 6 million units sold); they were the only Christian act invited to play at the historic Farm Aid Festival; they were the subject of multiple 'greatest hits' compilations, as well as a tribute CD that featured Petra cover tunes by modern rock acts like Jars of Clay and Sixpence None the Richer; and they were the first Christian band to be enshrined in the Hard Rock Café. As a member of Petra, Greg X Volz was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in the year 2000.

 

One Nation

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One Nation: (sings: America Calls)

Freda Hart            Gwendolyn Clubb Lau
Ron Dixon              Bill Massey

 

One Nation became a national group composed of multiple singers with local roots from states around the nation. Their local style and easygoing presentations have earned them much acclaim since their beginnings in 1993.

Freda Hart

Freda Hart hails from Taccoa, Georgia and began her singing career in the early 80s.  She became a very popular praise team leader for Town and Country Christian Church in Yukon, Oklahoma.  Through the 90s she was viewed as an esteemed actor, earning the theatrical lead in many Christian dramas of that decade. She recorded a 4-album tape series in 1997 and became well known as the voice of The Story Angel in the well-received Kidtoon Production Story Angel series. From 2002 to 2007 she sang internationally with the Dubai Harmony Chorus while continuing a ministry as a Praise and Worship Leader for Ladies Ministries Overseas.

Ron Dixon

Ron Dixon is a native of Mississippi and served six years in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician and Oceanographer. He has been a performing musician for most of his life and has enjoyed considerable success as a songwriter.  Ron joined the Christian recording Miracle Sound Studios nearly 2 decades ago where he worked as their senior recording engineer, composer and music arranger. Dixon has written scores for film and television and his composing talents are much sought after.  He became a committed Christian in ’94 and has worked since, singing and serving the Lord.

Gwendolyn Clubb Lau

Gwendolyn Clubb Lau  graduated from West Texas A & M University with a degree in Musical Theatre. She won featured roles in such shows as South Pacific and a View From the Bridge, later becoming a featured actor in KidStreet Productions and Dude Ranch. Her vocal talents have been much in demand and she presently works for Funmation Entertainment providing voice talent for the popular Japanese Anime series such as Full Metal Alchemist and Witchblade. She won critical acclaim for her role as Belle in the theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast and presently pursues her MA in Humanities at the University of Texas in Dallas.

Bill Massey

Bill Massey, the lead male vocalist in One Nation has been engaged in music since his early teens.  He sang and played guitar and bass professionally with several bands in venues in the Southwest and on the Gulf Coast before settling down to raise his family.  Since 1989 he has used his musical talents to help lead music and the worship band in the church community and performs occasional “side-work” in the studio.  He is heavily involved as a musical mentor with youth bands yet still finds time to refresh himself with periodically performances.


Imperials

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The Imperials (sing – Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Founded in 1964, the Imperials have been one of the top gospel music groups in the United States for four decades. Over the years they have changed personnel so many times that only one original member, Armond Morales, remains in the group. Striking a balance between pop and the Southern gospel music of their roots, the Imperials have managed to remain popular among a broad spectrum of Christian music fans.

The Imperials have performed worldwide, recorded albums for RCA Victor, and hosted their own television program, which was syndicated throughout the nation. In 1969 they won the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Male Group of the Year, an honor they would earn no fewer than five times.  Continuing on successfully, the Imperials appeared in concert and cut albums with Elvis Presley and country music artist Jimmy Dean, who also had his own weekly television show on which the Imperials were regular guests.

By the early 1970s the Imperials were playing regular gigs in major American venues like Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno, and making guest appearances on television shows. In 1975 the group won its first Grammy Award for the album No Shortage. They went on to win three more Grammys—in 1977 for Sail On, in 1979, for Heed the Call, and in 1981, for Priority. In that same year the group won the Dove Award for Artist of the Year and Group of the Year, the Imperials' Russ Taff won the Dove Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, and the group grabbed the Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for One More Song for You.

The Imperials were still going strong at the beginning of the twenty-first century, having recorded more than 40 albums. This is a reflection of the group's longevity and eternally youthful sound.

 

Sandi Patty

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Sandi Patty (sings - The National Anthem)

Sandi Patty has been called "The Voice" of contemporary Christian music. Gifted with a tremendous vocal talent that lends itself to a wide range of expression, Patty has enjoyed a diverse musical career. From ballads to pop to distinctive renditions of traditional gospel music, Patty bridges the gap between the secular and Christian worlds and ministers to her wide audience in a unique way. She has won five Grammy Awards and 39 Dove Awards.

Patty made her singing debut at the tender age of two while singing, Jesus Loves Me in church. Patty's first contractual release appeared in 1979 and was followed by a number of personal appearances, which spread the word of her music ministry nationwide. Her 1982 album Lift Up the Lord, won two Dove Awards. Her 1983 album Sandi Patty Live: More Than Wonderful, certified gold in 1985, garnered additional Dove Awards and a Grammy for best gospel performance. Subsequent albums have been nominated for musical awards each year, and Patty was named Billboard 's Inspirational Artist of the Year for four years in a row.

Patty's first major solo tour occurred in 1984 with concerts in the one hundred largest cities in the United States. The tour corresponded with the release of her Songs From the Heart album and drew more than half a million fans, confirming once again her position as a leading figure in popular Christian music. Her 1986 album Morning Like This earned her another Grammy, as did her duet with Deniece Williams on the song They Say.

ABC-TV included Patty’s inspirational recording of The Star Spangled Banner during its Liberty Weekend Celebration, and NBC-TV invited her to participate in the network's Christmas in Washington special with former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. She has also performed on numerous daily television programs, including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, on specials such as the Grammy Awards show and the CBS special We the People, at the 1988 Republican National Convention, and at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Presidential Inauguration.

In February of 2004, Patty was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

 

Gene Autry

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Gene Autry (sings – America the Beautiful)

Gene Autry was no stranger to entertainment crossover to multiple fields. Rising from an Oklahoma cowpoke and telegraph operator, Autry became America’s favorite cowboy on the big screen of motion pictures, the television and countless recordings, many of which continue to be in release and re-release today. Each Christmas his musical classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Here Comes Santa Claus (which he wrote) are heard everywhere. Gene’s motion picture career spanned decades in which he was often listed in the top five draws of Hollywood.

During World War II, when other actors and performers chose to remain in Hollywood or accept light military assignments, Gene lived up to his screen reputation.  He became a C-47 pilot in the United States Army Air Forces, flying dangerous mission over the Himalayas between Burma and China. Following his return after the war, Autry quickly moved to the top once again in motion pictures, television, and his long running musical/adventure western radio series, Melody Ranch.

Among the many hundreds of honors and awards Autry has received were induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame; the American Academy of Achievement Award, the Los Angeles Area Governor's Emmy from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and the Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Achievement in Arts Foundation. Gene Autry was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and he received The Songwriters Guild Life Achievement Award. His songwriting peers also honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP.

Gene left the comfort of a well-earned retirement to perform in America – A Call to Greatness. His voice remained rich, even at age 87 in what was to be his final performance. He died in 1998 at the age of 91.

Gene Autry was a national treasure.

 

Stand Together

Stand Together from the music Heal Our Land sung by:

Leon Patillo          Jamie Owens Collins        Jean Luc Lajole
Tata Vega             Rick & Cathy Riso
Annie Herring       Terry Clark