Sandi Patty & First Call: Farewell and Return
Sandi Patty Announces Retirement and Farewell Tour
Nearly 40 years after she started her professional career, Sandi Patty is embarking upon the “Forever Grateful Farewell Tour” this month. (She will be in Denver on May 27.)
Patty, who turns 60 this year, made her singing debut at the age of two singing “Jesus Loves Me” in her church. Her first record in 1978 led to a contract with Singspiration! Records. Her last name was misspelled (accidentally or not) as “Patti” and stayed that way for years. She was named Female Vocalist Of The Year for 11 consecutive years from 1982 to 1992.
Some of her best loved songs included “More Than Wonderful,” “Make His Praise Glorious,” “Another Time, Another Place” (with Wayne Watson), and “I’ve Just Seen Jesus” (with Larnelle Harris).
In 1993, Patty divorced her husband and married Don Peslis. Her career came to a halt after she admitted having an affair with Peslis. She withdrew from public life and spent several years in counseling and reconciliation, expressing remorse and seeking forgiveness.
During her career, Patty has won five Grammy awards and 40 Dove Awards, and has eight gold and platinum albums. She says her future plans include teaching a worship arts and leadership program at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma.
First Call To Release New Album
The trio First Call launched their career while touring with Sandi Patty in the 1980s. Marty McCall, Bonnie Keen, and Melodie Tunney had met in Nashville as studio musicians whose talent made them the “first call” by producers who needed backup vocals.
As a side project, they recorded an a capella album called An Evening In December which led to their first “pop” album Undivided in 1986, followed by Something Takes Over in 1987.
The group disbanded in 1996 but returned for a reunion album in 2007. Last year, they got together for the CCM United concert in Nashville that brought them together on stage with Larnelle Harris, Wayne Watson, and Steve Green for a rousing rendition of their signature song “Undivided.”
Now comes word that First Call has gone back into the studio and will release a six-song album called “Second Birth” in March 2016. The title presumably comes from their song “Lord Of All”:
Lord of all, of the turnings of the seasons and the earth
Lord of all, of the love that purchased man a second birth