CCM: Selah is celebrating 20 years as a group this year—that’s no small accomplishment! For each of you, has there been a career “moment” that tops all others in two decades?
TS: The first time we sang at the Ryman Auditorium 20 years ago during GMA Week, we did “It Is Well” and got a standing ovation. It was our introduction to the music industry and the response was amazing. Other highlights for me include performing at Carnegie Hall; our first full concert at The Ryman; debuting on the Grand Ole Opry last year; and singing at The Pentagon on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
AH: There have been so many incredible moments in our 20-year career! I don’t know if I can pick just one, so I’ll share two of my favorites. My first one is having the opportunity to work with the great Dolly Parton, a musical and personal hero of mine. We were recording one of her songs (“Once Upon A Christmas”) and she was so happy about that! She was truly sweet and kind and a dream to work with—I’ll never forget it.
Also, it was an incredible honor to be invited to Billy Graham‘s home by his daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. We spent about an hour with Rev. Graham and talked with him and sang some of his favorite hymns. When it came time to leave, he prayed over us. I’ll never have adequate words to describe what it was like to stand in that great man of God’s presence and have him pray for us—that sweet memory will stay with me the rest of my life.
AP: For me it was singing “Via Dolorosa” on stage with Sandi Patty, then having her stop and joke about how she was trying to sound like me! I grew up listening to her and to have such a special moment with her on stage was truly a dream come true.
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