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Lighting of the Green
Lipscomb University presents its 17th annual Lighting of the Green featuring Amy Grant and Friends with featured guest Cece Winans.
Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six Grammy Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards as well as three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident, Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.
The bestselling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, Winans has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. She has won 12 GRAMMY Awards, 20 Dove Awards and seven Stellar Awards. Winans has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She’s sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like “Count On Me,” her duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts.
- Festivities are set to begin at 4pm with the FREE concert to follow at 6pm.
- Merry Marketplace, a collection of holiday vendors who donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit Associated Women for Lipscomb scholarships to Lipscomb, is also a traditional feature of Lighting of the Green festivities.
- The Marketplace will take place in McQuiddy Gym beginning at 4pm.
- FREE pictures with Santa begin at 4:30pm in the Marketplace.
- The evening will conclude with the lighting of a Christmas tree in the Allen Arena Mall.
This year, Lighting of the Green benefits Second Harvest.
Every dollar donated provides four meals. Stop by the Second Harvest Penny Drive booth at Merry Marketplace in McQuiddy Gym to make a cash donation or to pick up a collection can.
Sponsors include CO Christian & Sons Co. Inc., Herring Telecom, Lee Company, and Rose Hill Flowers.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the concert. Handicap parking will be available in the Allen Arena parking garage. The event will be held rain or shine.
In the event of inclement weather, activities will take place as scheduled inside Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.
Open to the Public
One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204