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King University News :: Nashville Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken to Perform Oct. 24 in Knoxville at King's Hardin Valley Campus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2014 – Nashville singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken will perform at King University’s Knoxville campus located at The Village at Hardin Valley at 10950 Spring Bluff Way at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24. The performance is co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.

“Having respected and esteemed Sandra McCracken both as a remarkable musician and gifted wordsmith for the better part of the last ten years, I'm thrilled to see King University welcome her to our campus in the city of Knoxville,” said Abbie Roberts , King University 2011 alumna and English teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville. “Sandra’s seemingly effortless melodies mix and flow together to create harmonies of vocal and theological beauty and grace that will undoubtedly be a perfect fit for the 2014-2015 Buechner Institute Series.”

Sandra McCracken’s music is considered smart and as progressive as it is timeless with a soulful blend of folk, pop, and gospel. She is at the forefront of the revitalized hymn movement. A founding contributor of the Indelible Grace projects, McCracken’s contemporary settings of classic hymns are sung in congregations across the country.

McCracken has written songs for Caedmon’s Call and others as well as recording eight albums of her own. Her recent work, “Desire Like Dynamite,” “explores human desire at the most basic level,” she says. “When you run after something, when you really want something, that can be a good and noble thing, or it can be self- centered. And at some point, your desire is going to intersect with somebody else’s, and that’s where relationships come into play. The whole album is about exploring the human story by way of that theme.”

McCracken lists her musical influences as Joni Mitchell, Neil Finn, David Gray, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

McCracken attended Belmont University before beginning her musical career in 1999. She independently released two albums, “The Crucible” and “Gypsy Flat Road” in 2000 and 2001 respectively. In 2005, McCracken released “The Builder and the Architect,” an album of hymns. The same team which worked on “Best Laid Plans” came together again in 2006 to record “Gravity / Love.”

Sandra McCracken will perform at King University’s Knoxville campus at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.

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