Award-Winning Duo Pair For Local Concert

By Mike Swift

Narrow Gate Productions presents Tampa Bay’s biggest night of inspirational music with Christian music’s leading ladies Natalie Grant and Sandi Patty. The concert is the first of its kind for Grant and Patty and is being considered in the industry one of the Christian concert events of the year.

“Natalie and I are so excited to perform together in concert for the first time,” said Patty.  “We can’t wait to be at Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Saturday, August 3.”

Grant, known as a powerhouse vocalist, heart-gripping songwriter and charismatic performer, is the current Gospel Music Association (GMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, an honor she has received five times. She has over ten top five hits such as:  Your Great Name, Held, and In Better Hands, which are now current standards in the church. Grant has consistently remained one of this generation’s top-selling Christian performers, selling over a million records.

Patty, known as the ‘Voice of Christian Music’, is the most decorated female artist in Christian music. Throughout her thirty-year ministry, Patty has sold over twelve million albums, has received five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, 40 GMA Dove Awards, including female vocalist of the year eleven consecutive years.  Patty was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. “Sandi Patty is a big reason why we have contemporary Christian music,” said Grant.  “She truly is an icon.”

Natalie Grant’s much anticipated new album, Burn Bright, is set to release fall 2013. The first single, Hurricane, enters number one on Christian radio playlists and is currently the number one Christian single on iTunes.

Sandi Patty’s thirty-year career continues to remain strong with an increasing demand for concert dates. She has authored numerous books and is a frequent speaker and performer with Women of Faith. Her latest release, The Edge of the Divine proves her relevance in today’s Christian market by garnering her 40th Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year. Patty is set to release a new Hymn and Worship project this fall.

The concert will be held Saturday, August 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd.

For more information call 689-4229 or visit www.attendstar.com (keywords: Natalie Grant or Sandi Patty).  General admission tickets are $18.