Gospel artist Sandi Patty at Cerritos Center

CERRITOS - Sandi Patty, one of the most celebrated female vocalists in contemporary Christian music history, will deliver both inspirational gospel and Broadway tunes in a concert Oct. 5 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.Tickets, which range from $30-$60, are available at the theater box office, cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 467-8818. In 1986, Patty became a virtual overnight sensation after her rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Her version of the national anthem has become synonymous with patriotic celebrations ever since, including performance at A Capitol Fourth with the National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the dedication of Camp David Chapel, and ABC's "Fourth of July Special." The Gospel Music Hall of Famer has garnered more than 40 Dove Awards, including one for her album "The Edge of the Divine" and multiple ones for "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Gospel Artist of the Year." Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004, Patty has collected five Grammys, including one for Best Pop Gospel Album for "Another Time, Another Place" and Best Gospel Performance for "Morning Like This." She earned three other Grammys for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo/Group for "They Say" with Deniece Williams; "I've Just Seen Jesus" with Larnelle Harris; and "More than Wonderful" with Harris. She also has won four Billboard Music Awards. While her 30-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Patty has found success outside of the genre, performing with symphonies throughout the United States, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She boasts three platinum records and five gold records. Aside from her prolific musical career, Patty is also an award-winning published author. Her bestseller, "Broken on the Back Row," earned the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her other works are "Life in the Blender," "Falling Forward," "Layers" and "The Edge of the Divine."

********** Published: Sept. 5, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 21