Fessant’s CD premiere “Release” moves audience
Written by Kathy Rhoads
Tue, 13 Feb 2007
Christian County music artist Amanda Fessant’s premiere of her new CD
“Release” was everything those attending the event had hoped for and more.
“I will take you on a roller coaster ride this evening,” said the enthusiastic
performer as she finished her second number of Saturday evening’s concert held
at Lake Ridge Christian Church. “The music on this CD is from my heart and it
has so much meaning to me.”
What a roller coaster of emotions Fessant provided during her performance
before the large crowd gathered in the Family Life Center at the church.
Adding to the powerful meaning found in the words of her songs were Power
Point presentations filled with photographs of those honored and remembered
during numerous songs on the CD.
In between performances she explained the meaning behind many of the songs
recorded on “Release.”
Several numbers were specifically for friends of Fessants including Whitney
Finley and her family, Emily Hornbrook, her father, Dale Pate, her husband, B.J.
Fessant and in memory of her grandmother Ilah Mae Bryant.
Joining Fessant on the stage were members of HIS Dance Troupe including Kara
Kirby, Danielle Cary, Shelby Calles, Kelsey Bailey and Emily Higginbotham.
A special performance by the popular local Christian group “The Christian
Heirs” in which Fessant’s father, Dale Pate is a long-time member. Other members
taking the stage to perform with Fessant were Dick Brinkley, Kevin Trine and
In addition to the release of her new CD Fessant was recently voted in the
top 10 artists nominated for the “Female Horizon Award” and in the top 10 for
“Female Artist” in the semi-finals of the Christian Country Music segment of the
Fan Appreciation Awards to be held in Darinenger, Texas in late May.
Another honor she recently received was a special mention in the “Artist to
Watch in 2007” section of Power Source Magazine’s December 2006, January 2007
The music artist plans to do a lot of traveling throughout the year
promoting her CD.
To purchase a copy of “Release” contact Dale and Marian Pate at 466-9825.
~~originally published in the Paris Beacon News.