April 8, 2016
For Immediate Release
By Jesse Harp, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s annual Derby Rose Gala is planned for Friday, April 29 with a dinner and a concert featuring contemporary Christian music singer Amy Grant.
The gala is sponsored by the Campbellsville University Advancement Board. Proceeds from the event go toward student scholarships.
Cost for the gala and concert is $125, which allows you preferred seating at the concert. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. at Winters Dining Hall. The concert is at 8 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. General admission for the concert only is $65.
Tickets are on sale by calling the Office of Development at (270) 789-5211 for tickets.
Grant will be performing with Ellie Holcomb and Nichole Nordeman on their Live Life Together Tour.
Amy Grant’s career of more than 30 years ranges from her beginnings in gospel music to her experience as a renowned pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Admired for her Contemporary Christian music and mainstream music, Grant has produced numerous hits such as “Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For,” “I Will Remember You,” “Lead Me On,” “El Shaddai” and more.
| Ellie Holcomb
Her albums, selling more than 30 million, include one five-time Platinum album, one triple Platinum and one double Platinum album, as well as six platinum and four Gold albums. She is the winner of six GRAMMY® Awards and 26 GMA Dove Awards, as well as four Artist of the Year honors. Six out of her 10 Top 40 pop singles have become number one hits, including “Baby, Baby” and “Every Heartbeat.”
In 2003, Grant was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of fame. She is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grant is thought to be the woman who first threw a spotlight on Contemporary Christian music, becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. That considered, her title as one of the most prominent artists of the past couple of decades is inevitable.
Grant’s more recent projects reflect her love of community. In 2013, she released “How Mercy Looks From Here,” a landmark album that featured collaborations with a wide range of legendary artists such as James Taylor, Carol King and Sheryl Crow as well as artists Eric Paslay, Will Hodge and stepdaughter, Jenny Gill. This venture became her 16th No. 1 album in the Christian genre.
Grant’s classic hits were emphasized again the following year with “In Motion: The Remixe,” a selection of her hits remixed by leading remix engineers and DJs who craftily revived her classic catalog for a younger generation of listeners. The album reached the top five on Billboard’s Electronic Albums chart.
Her latest album, “Be Still And Know…Hymns & Faith,” is a collection of well-known songs that have upheld her faith since childhood and helped breathe inspiration into her creative endeavors. This latest group of songs marks a significant place in career riddled with memorable experiences and music that touched millions.
Grant has always used music as an outlet to share her life with the world, and along the way has advanced into the best-selling Christian music artist of all time and one of the most celebrated artists in the pop music industry. Amy Grant’s music continues to inspire a mosaic of long-time fans and new listeners. For more information, visit www.AmyGrant.com.
Ellie Holcomb began her music career in her college years by collaborating with her husband, Drew Holcomb, and The Neighbors, as part of his band and a solo artist as a singer songwriter about her personal reflections of God’s faithfulness.
| Nichole Nordeman
After earning her master degree in education, Holcomb settled into a career she loved, teaching middle and high school English. As her husband continued touring with The Neighbors for more than half of the year, they decided that a change was in order. What they had thought would be a yearlong diversion of pursuing music together has now become seven.
Nichole Nordeman was raised in Colorado Springs and released her first album in 1998. She has now sold over 1 million albums in her career and won nine GMA Dove Awards. Her most well known songs are “Holy,” “Legacy,” “Brave” and “What If.”
Nordeman is also a published author with a book titled “Love Story.” She released a 6-song collection entitled “The Unmaking,” that released in August 2015. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
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