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BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 15, 2016 – Singer/songwriter and Contemporary Christian recording
artist Sara Groves will perform Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, as part of the King University
Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-17 lecture series. Groves will appear in Memorial
Chapel on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., at 9:15 a.m., followed by a free concert
at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Train Station located at 101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
in Bristol, Va., later that evening. Both events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald
“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is honored to be able to bring Sara Groves
to our local community,” says Shannon Harris, director for the Institute. “Sara is
gifted as a poet and a musician, whether she is talking about parenthood, the difficulties
of marriage, or the loves and losses that shape who we are. She has been named CCM
Magazine’s Artist of the Year and recently, Christianity Today named her one of their
women to watch.
“Groves’ beautiful and haunting voice aid her in exploring universal issues and beyond-the-basic
spiritual truths in a way few others can,” adds Harris. “She has pure singer-songwriter
pieces to thoughtful pop tunes and piano-driven ballads. Her range never hides that
her music – at its heart – is about helping us figure out who we are meant to be and
the intersection of faith and life.”
Minnesota native Sara Groves debuted on the Contemporary Christian music scene in
1998 when she recorded an independent album entitled “Past the Wishing.” Previously,
she had taught high school for four years in her hometown of Rosemont. Eighteen years
later, Groves, now a mother of three, is continuing her dream of writing and performing
Christian music. Groves’ success comes with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy.
Her hard work and incredible music has been recognized; she has been nominated for
three Dove Awards.
Groves is a consummate storyteller, equal parts observer and autobiographer.
Groves has produced a string of successful albums including her latest, “Floodplain,”
which was inspired by the Mississippi River in her hometown, and speaks of God's provision.
Of her new album, she says, “‘Floodplain’ is basically God saying to me, ‘Some hearts
are built here – they feel more, but then they are also more susceptible to floods.
This is not bad: This is where you are.’ I love the floodplain; it’s a beautiful place.
. . But positive thinking is not the gospel that saves me. And that’s what I’m wrestling
with on this album: What is the gospel that saves me? . . . It’s all a reminder that
if a river runs through ‘Floodplain’—be it the Mississippi, living water or both—it
doesn’t merely navigate a valley of sorrows. In the end, it also leads to a ceaseless
wellspring of redemption. That’s what this record is all about: abundant life that
is genuine and real.”
Sara Groves’ performances are both open to the public and free of charge. Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith
and Culture at email@example.com, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.
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