Amy Grant

Amy Grant

Ted Turner & Majella

Fri, February 22, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Celebrity Theatre

Phoenix, AZ

$75, $55, $35

This event is all ages

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Amy Grant
Amy Grant
Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map, becoming the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY Awards. Since then, Grant has been strumming her way through a 30-plus year adventure as a singer-songwriter, author, television host and speaker.

Early on, Grant’s iconic voice became instantly recognizable in both the Christian and pop worlds, some even dubbing her the “Queen of Christian Pop.” Over the years, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold. Her chart performance has also been consistent throughout her career, boasting six No. 1 hits, 10 “Top 40” pop singles, 17 “Top 40” adult contemporary tracks and multiple contemporary Christian chart toppers. In recognition of such success, Grant has received 6 GRAMMY Awards and 26 Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Additionally, she was most recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Stepping out from behind her guitar, Grant found herself hosting the NBC prime time series “Three Wishes” in 2005, bringing her into millions of living rooms across America every Friday night. The people she met and stories she collected proved to be great inspiration for creating new music and even writing a book. Two years later, Grant’s first book, Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, was published. She continues to share her stories with audiences all over the country as a keynote and inspirational speaker.

In April 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her first pop hit, “Baby Baby”, with a worldwide release of a new version of the song featuring pop sensation and fellow Capitol Music Group recording artist Tori Kelly. Growing her wildly popular Christmas brand, Grant then released “Tennessee Christmas” in October 2016, her first all-new Christmas album in nearly twenty years. She looks forward to national arena symphony Christmas tours each November and December with long-time friend Michael W. Smith, as well as an annual Christmas residency at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with country superstar husband Vince Gill.

Grant resides with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and is widely known for her philanthropy and tireless involvement in local causes and charitable organizations. Her own organization, The Helping Hands Foundation, has afforded her the opportunity to identify needs around her and the resources to help meet them, which has proven to be the sweetest reward of all.
Ted Turner & Majella
Ted Turner & Majella
Ted and Majella’s union began as a friendship which, some ten years later, developed into a marriage. Although aware of each other’s drive for creating music, neither could have imagined the synergy to be found through collaboration. “Better Together” was nominated for “Best Album of the Year 2018” by “Get Ready To Rock” U.K. radio station and continues to receive international acclaim, birthing a new music genre - “New Age Soul.”

English guitarist, songwriter and singer, Ted Turner is best known for his work with the 1970’s rock band Wishbone Ash, in which he was famed for his twin lead guitar instrumental arrangements alongside Andy Powell. These attributes resulted in Ted and Andy being voted ‘two of the most important guitarists in rock history’ by Traffic Magazine. Ted was also voted one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Top Twenty Rock Guitarists of All Time.’
Ted’s journey began at the age of seventeen when he taught himself to play the guitar whilst listening to the radio and playing along to his record collection. By the time he was eighteen, he had joined a local band called King Biscuit. At nineteen, after answering an ad in Melody Maker (then Britain’s premier pop/rock magazine), Ted was invited to audition for a new and as yet un-named band (for Martin Turner and Steve Upton). Impressed by Ted’s raw talent, Turner and Upton paired Ted with Andy Powell and the twin harmony guitar sound was born. The rest is history. Other opportunities arose; such as being invited to play on John Lennon’s iconic album, Imagine.
After extensive touring, Ted left Wishbone in 1974 to pursue a personal pilgrimage. Whilst traveling, he was drawn to the comprehensive works of Buckminster Fuller, becoming involved in the ‘World Man Band’ (alongside Michael Mitchell) – an initiative designed to raise global consciousness through rock music.
In 1989, Ted reunited with the original members of Wishbone Ash to record Nouveau Calls for Miles Copeland III’s No Speak label. A personal highlight of this period was being invited to join Copeland’s Night of the Guitar tour; working alongside fellow band member Andy Powell and other guitar legends such as Randy California, Peter Haycock, Steve Howe, Steve Hunter, Robby Krieger, Leslie West, Alvin Lee and Jan Akkerman.
Since leaving the band for the second time in 1992, Ted has continued to explore eclectic musical influences which have formed his latest album, a collaboration with his wife Majella, whom he is excited to introduce to the world.

English singer, songwriter, and actor, Majella, began creating as a young child, and by her early teens was showcasing her songwriting skills around the U.K. Her rich ancestral Celtic roots had always been a driving force in the composition of evocative songs that tell stories.
She continued to develop this passion when training in Drama at Bretton Hall. As a young budding artist, she was focused on combining her love of music and theatre, and also as a playwright.
Majella’s theatre experience was put to further good use when she began teaching and leading workshops in schools. Establishing a Theatre in Education company, she specialized in producing artistic responses to community needs.
During this time, Majella wrote, directed and performed in a series of popular and original musical plays, which explored the gritty reality of the community in which she lived. With the aim of liberating younger audiences, her plays encouraged them to be bold in seeking their dreams. Educating children not only defined her as a person but also as an artist – a period of her life that she refers to as “paid therapy” in that, she found her students to be her greatest teachers.
Having married Ted Turner and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, Majella is proud to have collaborated with her husband on their first album Better Together, a body of which she describes as “a beautiful testament to their love.”
Venue Information:
Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85008
http://celebritytheatre.com/