ANDERSON — Nationally known gospel artist Sandi Patty is heading up an all-star group of performers, all with roots to Anderson University, for "Woven Threads: Celebrating A Musical Legacy of Anderson University."
Artists include Patty, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Jon McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, Jeff Owen (from Tenth Avenue North), Christa Wells and Alanna Story. Two concerts are set for 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The shows will be at the York Performing Arts Center, 1015 E. Fifth St.
Patty graduated from AU and lived in Anderson until 2009 when her husband, Don Peslis, took a job in Oklahoma City. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
"It's ALWAYS good to be home and I cannot WAIT to be back in Anderson in just a few weeks," Patty wrote in an email. She also answered a few questions about the concerts.
THB: How is the family and life out “West?”
Patty: We are loving Oklahoma City. It honestly reminds us so much of Indiana. Don is enjoying being on the pastoral staff at Crossings Community Church. So much of what I do is traveling, singing, and meeting people that I can live anywhere there's an airport – although of course we miss all our friends in Indiana!
THB: “Woven Threads” is set for Sept. 22. Tell us how this all came about.
Patty: You know, I was talking to my friends at Anderson University last year about the amazing musical heritage of AU – past, present and future. We got to talking about all these incredibly talented and successful musicians and began to wonder what it would be like if we could get everyone together for one special night celebrating the university.
They asked me if I could help host something like that, and I was honored to be asked. My team and I reached out to some of my friends and so many graciously agreed to be a part of the night – and not only that, but to be a part of a recording of the night to be released as a CD in 2014.
Everyone I’ve talked to has such an appreciation for everything about AU, we’re all just happy to be able to give back in some way.
THB: The lineup is a “Who’s Who” of AU-related talent. How close do you remain with them and do you have any recent stories of performing or interacting with any of them?
Patty: Honestly, we’re all so busy that we don’t run into each other too often. I still sing with the Gaithers every once in awhile, and I’m actually a big fan of all the other musicians. They’re all on my itunes and that’s where we interact more than anywhere! I am so looking forward to performing with each of them in a few weeks all together for the first time.
THB: How was the decision made to have two shows?
Patty: We were excited that people were so interested in attending this concert. Tickets sold so quickly to the first show that we decided we really needed to do two shows. All the artists agreed right away that it was the best thing to do to make it the best night possible.
The new state-of-the-art York Performance Hall at AU is a beautiful facility that seats just 400 people. So both concerts will be very close and intimate, but tickets are selling very fast for those limited seats – we’re glad to be able to offer the concert twice.
THB: In 2014, you’re heading out on an intriguing cruise that offers guests to participate in a choir recording of “More Than Wonderful.” Do you recall that first recording session with Larnelle Harris — can you describe that session?
Patty: Larnelle and I actually never sang the song together until we were performing it live. When it came time to do the recording we just couldn’t get our schedules to line up, so Larnelle recorded his part first and then I came into the studio and recorded my part a little later in a different location. You can imagine that when we finally did sing it together it was just AWESOME.
Larnelle Harris is one of my favorite people to ever have had the privilege to sing with, and I am so excited to have him come on this cruise and record the song again – this time TOGETHER and this time with an all new choral arrangement! I hope some of my incredibly musical friends in the Anderson area can join us in the choir on the cruise too!
For information on the cruise, go to inspirationcruises.com/spc
— The Herald Bulletin
If you go What: "Woven Threads: Celebrating A Musical Legacy of Anderson University' with Sandi Patty, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Jon McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, Jeff Owen (from Tenth Avenue North), Christa Wells and Alanna Story When: 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 Where: Anderson University, York Performing Arts Center, 1015 E. Fifth St., Anderson Tickets: Some seats still available. Call (800) 428-6414.