Happy Birthday Son Rise Morning Show
More than 400 members of the Son Rise Morning Show family gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH) Sunday to enjoy food, fellowship, and great music by international country star Collin Raye.
High winds and threatening skies kept most people from eating in the Center’s beautifully landscaped courtyards, so instead they congregated in the art-filled halls and browsed the Center’s book and gift store.
The highlight of the afternoon was a concert by singer Collin Raye, a convert to Catholicism, who was joined for a few songs by Cincinnati singer Andrea Thomas. Raye sang songs from his recent album of hymns and praise music, His Love Remains, as well as crowd favorites that he joked were suitable to sing in a church.
He opened with a thank you to Sacred Heart Radio and the Son Rise Morning Show for their commitment to spreading the good news of the Gospel “at a time when we need it more than ever — the message needs to come through loud and clear.” And he sang a duet with young Cincinnati singer Andrea Thomas, also a guest on the album, saying that “in the music business you meet a lot of good people and a lot of talented people, but they’re not always the same people.” Thomas, he said, is both.
Before ending the show by belting out a version of Amazing Grace that had the crowd on its feet, he sang a special request — She’s With Me, a song he wrote for his family after the death of his young granddaughter, who suffered from a degenerative neurological disease he said no doctor was ever able to identify.
If you missed the concert you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the crowd, and of the beautiful OLHSC chapel, this Christmas. Later that evening, Raye shot a Christmas concert in the chapel for EWTN, and throughout the afternoon concert a film crew took shots of the crowd to use for the special.
“Thank your for your support over the last five years,” Son Rise Morning Show host Brian Patrick told the crowd before the event ended. “God willing, we’ll be here for another five years.”
Photos by The Catholic Beat. For a gallery of event photos, see our Facebook page.