Nashville, Tennessee) â€“March 21, 2011 â€“That Christy Sutherland is on the brink of major artist breakthrough has never been more evident than in the radio release this week of her newest single, â€œHe Grew The Tree.â€
The poignantly stirring ballad is a song with a special history.Â It was recorded in the 80â€™s by country superstar, Barbara Mandrell. It was Mandrell who, in fact, encouraged her daughter-in-law Christy Sutherland to revive â€œHe Grew The Treeâ€ for Sutherlandâ€™s forthcoming new gospel albumâ€”Greater Still â€“and was even gracious enough to go in studio to co-produce the album with Christy.
Notes Barbara: â€œâ€˜He Grew The Treeâ€™ is one of my top 5 favorite songs. I was the first artist to record it and I cannot think of anything better than having Christy record itâ€”and asking me to produce it!Â Christyâ€™s stellar vocals and immense songwriting talent have made my job of producing a pure joy.Â I could not be more proud of her new single or of her upcoming album!â€
Gospel radioâ€™s major influencers will this week get a preview of â€œHe Grew The Treeâ€ â€“in a specially bannered Christy Sutherland priority mailing that will include a personally handwritten note from Barbara Mandrell.Â The impact at radio is expected to be a strong promotional set-up for the release of Sutherlandâ€™s new studio album in early summer.
The heartwarming element of â€˜family tiesâ€™ to her latest single are not lost on Christy.Â She notes:Â â€œI remember listening to Barbaraâ€™s recording of â€˜He Grew The Treeâ€™ as a young girlâ€”never dreaming that one day I would be recording the same song with Barbara producing! Â We never know what God has in store.â€
Christy married Matt Dudneyâ€”now her managerâ€”and the son of Barbara Mandrell and husband Ken Dudneyâ€”in July of 2006. In the five years of their creative partnership Christy has emerged as a major new presence in Christian musicâ€” presenting an amazing world-class vocal talent that transcends genres from southern gospel to contemporary and country inspirational formats.Â She has appeared on a wide range of national television from CBNâ€™s â€œ700 Club,â€ to TBNâ€™s â€œPraise the Lord,â€ to globally televised Easter and Christmas Specials from The Crystal Cathedralâ€™s â€˜Hour of Power.â€™
The Easter Special from Crystal Cathedral will air in April.
With a win in 2009 for â€˜Southern Gospel Female Vocalist of the Yearâ€™ in the Visionary Awards, Christy Sutherland came back in 2010 with a Diamond Award as â€˜Christian Country Female Artist of the Year.â€™ Her guest star billing over the past three years in the Louise Mandrell Christmas Specials staged at Nashville brought her in front of a diverse audience of new listeners. Christy recently has broadened her reach even further in taping her first Gaither Homecoming special.
A gifted songwriter, major artists such as Sandi Patty, Rizen, The Greenes and Kim Hopper have recorded her songs. The Triumphant Quartet scored a Top 5 hit with her song, Somebody Died For Me. Christyâ€™s God Is In This Place was published in a popular Word Music worship choral and her Cry In The Dark was picked up by Lifeway for a major Christmas musical.Â During the past four years, more than 40 recordings have been done of Christy Sutherland songs.
Christy Sutherland is already proven as an artist with a remarkable â€˜reachâ€™ in a career that has only the realms of greatness to be achieved in the future.
â€œHe Grew The Treeâ€ will be theÂ focal pointÂ of special national radio promotions throughout April and May as a lead in to the new album release.Â Christy Sutherland will be the subject of a major spring promotional media/marketing campaign with nationalÂ television, radio, and print being set.
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