posted August 23, 2004

Singer Ginny Owens to Perform on Sept. 3

Hope College will feature Dove Award-winning singer Ginny Owens in concert on Friday, Sept. 3, at 9:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Rocketown Records recording artist Owens recently released her third album, "Beautiful," to follow her two highly acclaimed previous full-length recordings.

Owens's debut recording, "Without Condition," garnered three No.1 singles and the 2000 New Artist of the Year Dove Award.

Her smooth pop-vocals have helped Owens reach outside of the normal Christian music range and have landed her on the Lilith Fair 1999 tour, made her a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, and led to television appearances on "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" and CNN's "Worldbeat," and a special on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition-Sunday."

Discussing her second album, "Billboard Magazine" said, "'Something More' fulfills the promise displayed on her stunning 1999 debut, 'Without Condition.'"

Owens's success comes on the heels on an untried teaching career. After graduating from college with a degree in music education, she found school districts focusing on her blindness rather than her talent. Owens lost her sight at the age of two.

So she instead focused on her songwriting and singing, and found herself being the first woman signed to Michael W. Smith's Rocketown Records. Her career has not slowed down since.

While on campus, Owens will also be leading a chapel service on Friday, Sept. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. In addition, she will be working with Hope College students on Saturday morning, Sept. 4, during their annual day of community service in the Holland area.

Tickets for the Friday evening concert cost $10 for general admission and $5 for Hope students. They will be on sale at the DeWitt Center Box Office on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 27-28, and Monday-Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Tickets may be ordered by phone by calling the box office at (616) 395-7890.

The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.

Additional information on Ginny Owens may be obtained by visiting her Web site at www.ginnyowens.com.