Amanda Fessant's star is rising!

   Amanda Pate Fessant is moving up in her profession as a Christian country gospel music singer and writer. But she hasn't forgotten her local audience. She will appear with HIS Ministry in a "Youth Extravaganza" concert at 7 p.m. July 22, 2006 at Lake Ridge Christian Church. Special local guests will include Tanner Laughlin, Emily Tessman, John Gowrylow, Neil Write, Emily Higginbotham and Katie Neibarger. Also performing will be HIS Dance Troupe and HIS Girls Junior Dance Troupe from HIS Ministry. Fessant will perform her most recent song, "He Loved Me When," which moved from No. 90 to No. 69 from May to the beginning of July. A new report on its progress is due in a week or so. "It is expected to climb further when the August rankings come out," said the artist's mother, Marion Pate of Paris. The heartfelt message Fessant expresses in "He Loved Me When" is that "our earthly father's love, through our imperfections, can help us ding the love of our heavenly father in all its perfection," according to Power Source magazine. The magazine focuses on faith, family and country. Power Source says "Amanda Fessant is a new country artist bursting onto the scene with a lot if experience... Amanda is no stranger to the music industry. At age 29, she has had over 12 years of experience in the business." In 1991 she established "His Ministry," which travels nationwide and incorporates local talent singing and dancing. Fessant was honored in 1998 as writing one of the top 10 "Songs of 98" by the Gospel Music Association. In addition, Fessant reaches out to teens and women's groups when she speaks on esteem and acceptance. A program she designed called "God Esteem" addresses these issues from a Christian perspective. "He Loved Me When" is listed at No. 69 on Christian Country TOP 100 chart in Power Source magazine June 2006. Leading the chart is Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel." Other names from the industry are numerous and include Brooks & Dunn's "Believe" at No. 40 and Diamond Rio's "Only God Cries" at No. 61. In addition, Fessant's participation has been requested at the upcoming Inspirational Country Music Week in Nashville. She is planning to release a new CD in the fall. Her music is available at her concerts, as well as on the web site

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