A Farewell Song

Sandi Patty’s high-profile gospel music career has spanned almost 35 years, during which she’s won five Grammy’s and over 40 Dove Awards for Christian music. Now, the Oklahoma-native has embarked on a 90-city farewell concert tour: Forever Grateful.

“I’m not so much saying goodbye, as I am saying thank you,” Patty said. “Thank you to the fans and the many people who’ve been alongside me during this journey.”

Sandi Patty singing with her husband Don PeslisHer powerful voice first captured the nation’s attention when she sang the national anthem at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. At that point, she’d already worked with Bill Gaither and headlined her own tour. Her vocal strength, emotion and ability to hit incredibly high notes resonated with the public and brought them to tears.

She sprinkled a little Broadway into her career, but her mainstay was Christian music. Not only did her concerts sell out at hundreds of large arenas each year, she appeared on The Tonight Show and sang at Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Indianapolis 500.

Patty, 59, has