||Noon Tuesdays - Gallatin City Hall
Dove-award Winner To Highlight Banquet
Three-time Dove Award winner Ginny Owens will highlight this year’s Gallatin Lions Club banquet on Oct. 20 at the Gallatin Country Club.
The fact that Ginny has been blind for much of her life makes her a perfect fit for the Lions Club which focuses on sight preservation. Each year members of the club go into local day-care, mothers-day-out and HeadStart programs and, using a special camera, check the eyesight of the youngsters. Used eyeglasses are also collected, recycled and distributed to needy individuals throughout the world.
A decade and a half ago, Ginny made her name as a deeply spiritual singer-songwriter with alternative pop smarts. It was a combination that captivated Lilith Fair Tour, Sundance Film Festival, club and church audiences alike, landed her songs on Christian radio and primetime television dramas like “Felicity” and earned her a New Artist of the Year award from the Gospel Music Association.
She recorded her breakthrough debut “Without Condition” and the two albums after it with producer Monroe James, producer for Third Day and Holly Williams.
The Dove Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry.
A lot’s happened since Ginny began her recording career. During the past seven years alone, she’s completed her label contract with Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown Records and started releasing albums on her own tiny indie label; spent nine months in New York City studying writing at Columbia and teaching songwriting at a middle school; returned home to Jackson to nurse her mother through breast cancer; lost both her grandmothers and a beloved cousin to brain cancer and expanded her understanding of music’s power to unite and lift their spirits.
Ginny will both tell her life’s story and perform for the Lions on Oct. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The banquet is the highlight of the club’s year, a time in which its members invite their spouses to be with them at a meeting and a time in which members are recognized for outstanding service to the club in various capacities. The coveted “Lion of the Year” will be named.
A luscious buffet supper is part of the program.