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Contemporary Christian Musical Artist Sara Groves to Perform at King University; Free Concert at Bristol Train Station Sept. 26

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 Courier.

“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 svharris@king.edu, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.

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