SIDNEY — It’s not often that local folks are privileged to hear a national entertainer free of charge.
Yet that’s exactly what award-winning singer/songwriter Kathy Troccoli offered to a crowd of about 500 people May 11 in Sidney Middle School auditorium.
Her well-known music and encouraging message were received with hearty applause, and the concert ended with a standing ovation. This brought the dynamic vocalist back for an encore that included the audience of all ages singing along.
The concert, “Comfort by Candlelight,” is a series that has been made available to a variety of host churches throughout the country who want to have the acclaimed musician perform, but can only afford an offering as payment. The event was originally scheduled to be in the Lockington United Methodist Church, but it outgrew the church’s seating capacity due to the demand for the free tickets.
“I have had the opportunity to sing all over the world. In my travels there are constant stories of people hurting, struggling, looking for a respite of hope,” said the singer, who is also known as KT. “Music is powerfully transforming and so is an encouraging word. I wanted to offer an evening where people could come and rest and receive.”
Troccoli’s rise to celebrity began 35 years ago, when the Italian singer from New York recorded her first radio hit, “Stubborn Love.” According to her website, “Kathy’s numerous accolades include 24 recordings, 18 number-one radio hits, 19 Dove Award nominations, two Dove Awards, and three Grammy nominations. In addition to her success in Christian music, she has made quite an impact in…
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