By the end of this year, Christian music icon Sandi Patty will be putting down the microphone one last time after more than three decades. She's trading all that for a home life in Oklahoma with her grandson and two more grandchildren on the way.
Sandi Patty is listed in the credits for the following albums:
|1982||Dottie Rambo||We Shall Behold Him||Vocals|
|1982||White Heart||White Heart||Duet Vocals|
|1984||Sandi Patty||Songs from the Heart||Producer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Background Vocals Arranger, Lead and Background Vocals|
|1985||The Cause||Do Something Now||Vocals, Choir|
|1985||Sandi Patty||Hymns Just for You||Producer, Lead and Background Vocals|
|1986||Sandi Patty||Morning Like This||Producer, Rhythm and Vocal Arranger, Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals|
|1987||White Heart||Greatest Hits||Duet Vocals|
|1987||First Call||Undivided||Guest Vocals|
|1989||White Heart||Collector's Disc (Whiteheart / Vital Signs)||Duet Vocals|
|1993||White Heart||Quiet Storm: The Ballads||Duet Vocals|
|1999||Various Artists||Songs from The Book||Performer|
Sandi Patty was born in Oklahoma City into a family of musicians; her father was a minister of music and her mother served as the church pianist. She first performed at the age of two when she sang "Jesus Loves Me" for her church, Phoenix First Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). First growing up in Phoenix, then San Diego, she and her brothers joined her parents in a performing group, known as "The Ron Patty Family," and sang at churches across the nation during summer holidays. After high school graduation from Crawford High in San Diego, CA, she attended San Diego State University and Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where she studied voice and conducting. While studying at Anderson University, she worked as a studio musician for area recording studios, singing background vocals and recording commercial jingles, including one for Juicy Fruit gum. Her reputation as a performer and studio singer grew during the late 1970s, and it was during this time that she initiated contact with legendary CCM musician, Bill Gaither.
Patty recorded her first album, For My Friends, an independent effort, that landed in the hands of executives at Singspiration! records. In 1979, she was signed to Singspiration! and released her first professional record, Sandi's Song. According to the FAQ section on her website, the name on her birth certificate is Sandra Patty. A printer's error on the labeling listed her name as Sandi Patti, and she used this moniker as her stage name for the next fifteen years, before correcting it to Sandi Patty.
Her career expanded after she won her first two GMA Dove Awards in 1982, and began singing backup for Bill Gaither and the Bill Gaither Trio. She headlined her first national tour in 1984, and reached national acclaim after her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was included during the ABC Statue of Liberty rededication broadcast on July 4, 1986. This exposure led to multiple mainstream television appearances including The Tonight Show, Christmas in Washington, and Walt Disney's Fourth of July Extravaganza. She was invited to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 from 1987–1988 and 1990-1992.
At the peak of her career, her concerts were so heavily attended that she performed in often sold-out mainstream arenas and concert halls. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she averaged over 200 concerts a year, and supported a staff of over 30 that managed her career. During this time she was noted, often critically, as the highest-paid singer in the Christian music industry, largely due to massive touring and high-profile public appearances.
In 1992, her surprising divorce from manager John Helvering rocked the Gospel Music industry, and this was later followed by an infidelity scandal that subsequently stalled her career in the mid-'90s. However, she slowly rebuilt her career through expanding her musical appeal, performing pops concerts with symphony orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the Dallas Symphony and repeatedly served as master of ceremonies for the Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In interviews and in her autobiography, Broken on the Back Row, Patty has expressed remorse and accepted full responsibility for her past actions, and has outlined the steps she undertook to seek forgiveness from people affected by them.
She appeared in the 2006 annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. A televised performance of Sandi Patty's Yuletide Special was filmed for syndication in 2006, with other performers including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Band. Patty has recorded thirty albums, selling over eleven million units. She has been awarded five Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, and is one of the most-accoladed artists in the history of the Gospel Music Association, earning thirty-nine Dove Awards. In 2004, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and in August, 2007, she was awarded the GMA Music in the Rockies Summit Award.
Wikipedia contributors. Sandi Patty. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. November 8, 2010, 08:48 UTC. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sandi_Patty&oldid=395511257. Accessed November 11, 2010.
New York, NY – Sandi Patty, together with World Vision, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music presents the tour of a lifetime, in celebration of hers.