Monday Melody – Artist of My Soul

Moms, happy Mothers Day!  I vegged out all weekend (well, sort of; a girl’s gotta keep her crib clean and fridge stocked), indulged in more pinning, and played mom to my diva Cassie.  More on her later this week!  Speaking of divas…

Song/Album:  “Artist of My Soul” by Sandi Patty on the album Artist of My Soul.

Why it made the cut:   You all know that I have my go-to songs for most situations.  Well, this is my go-to song for calming my spirit and remembering who’s God and who’s not.  

Anyone who has heard Sandi Patty on songs like “Via Dolorosa” and “We Shall Behold Him” knows she’s a go-big-or-go-home kind of singer.  But on this track, a gentle piano and soothing strings are the perfect accompaniment to the lithe, four-octave soprano that many call “The Voice” (no shade on Whitney; there can be more than one Voice, after all!). 

“Artist of My Soul” is a poignant reminder of the Creator who sees in each of us a work in progress that only He can bring to perfection, in His time.

Artist:  Sandi Patty sprang to national prominence in the mid-1980s with her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.  Since then, Sandi has been crowned the indisputable queen of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), with an unparalleled 40 Dove Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, five Grammy Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold through 30 albums–including four Christmas offerings and a Spanish-language album.  Whew!

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sandi was the highest paid Christian performer, filling arenas and concert halls to capacity when on tour.  Following her divorce from her first husband, her career stalled due to the revelation of infidelity on her part, but her career began to revive when Artist of My Soul came out in 1997.

The classically trained Patty boasts an enviable range and flexibility of voice that is as powerful in person as in recordings.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and hearing her sing in large and small settings.

Sandi has branched out into genres other than CCM and gospel and has been performing with symphonies, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinatti Pops.  Last year, she put out her first non-religious album in her 30-year career, Broadway Stories.

The mother of a blended family of eight is also an accomplished author of 10 books and has been a spokesperson for World Vision for many years.

Favorite lyrics:
Oh Lord of beauty, Lord of art
Who gives a song for every heart
Carve out my life, reshape and mold
And be the artist of my soul

Sweet spot: A uniquely Sandi Patty moment begins around 1:55!

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