MARION - Renowned Christian contemporary singer David Phelps will bring his award-winning tenor voice to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center stage Sunday for an evening performance.
The concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 to $25 and may still be purchased through the civic center box office at 618-997-4030 or online at marionccc.com.
"It is my hope that people feel they have been entertained when they leave," said Phelps, a native of Texas, who has resided the last 20 years just south of Nashville. "Our world needs a lot of hope right now, and it is my wish to inspire those in attendance through song and give them hope."
As a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, Phelps has established himself as one of the premier contemporary Christian singers in the country. He has performed at numerous prestigious venues across the globe, including the White House, New York's Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Phelps has 14 solo albums to his credit. Sunday's concert will include a seven-piece musical entourage. His sister, Kari Lee, plays the trumpet. Moreover, his 19-year-old daughter, Maggie Beth, sings with him.
Many of the songs featured during this exciting evening are included on Phelps' brand new release, "Hymnal" that touches on some of the most treasured hymns of the church like "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "In The Garden," "Victory In Jesus" and "It Is Well With My Soul."
"I fell in love with gospel music as a kid and love it even more today," Phelps said. "And what's great is to be surrounded by family and friends as we make this concert tour."
Phelps said he was influenced musically by a wide range of people, including his high school choir director, church music director and world-renowned performers such as Tony Bennett and Luciano Pavarotti.
"And I would also include Bill and Gloria Gaither in that group," he said.
Phelps said he performs about 80-to-100 concerts a year. After Marion, he and his group will head north to Michigan and then on to Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"I have been blessed," he said. "It always blows me away to see all the people come out to hear me sing. I am so grateful."