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Gospel singer Ginny Owens performed at the Log Church in Crosslake on Sunday May 7. - photo by Bill Monroe

Gospel artist Ginny Owens performs at Log Church

Web posted May 16, 2017
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

Blind from the age of three, Ginny Owns has become a force in gospel and mainstream music in America. She performed Sunday, May 7 at the Log Church in Crosslake.

“I fell in love with music as a kid but I was very shy about singing in public,” she said. Her first performance was singing a solo in church during her senior year in high school. She attended Belmont University in Nashville with a music education and performance major. But when an advisor told her that her voice was too weak she dropped her performance studies and got an education degree. But jobs were hard to find. “Administrators were reluctant to hire a blind music teacher,” she said. Eventually, she became a songwriter with a publishing company.

One Sunday during a church service where the congregation was being asked to raise money for Belmont, a Christian-based university, she was asked to sing a solo. “I guess they thought if they let the blind girl sing they could raise more money for the cause,” she said. Someone in the congregation was impressed with her voice and helped her get her first recording job.

In 2000, Owens was named the Gospel Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. She is the recipient of three Dove Awards presented by the Gospel Music Association and multiple awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She has performed across the country including dates at the Sundance Film Festival and the White House.

She just released “Let Love Be the Loudest”, her ninth studio production. She has sold over one million records.

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