Phelps will perform at the Governor’s Mansion
Contemporary Christian artist David Phelps has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and a number of other prestigious venues.
He will also appear at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Friday.
The event, a fundraiser for the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $ 75 each and are available at www.friendsofthemansion.org.
For Phelps, it will be a repeat.
The last time he was greeted by the then governor. Mike Huckabee and First Lady Janet Huckabee. This time his hosts are Governor Asa Hutchinson and his wife, Susan.
“When I heard that David Phelps had played [at a Grand Hall dedication ceremony] … I asked him to help us celebrate the 70th anniversary of the mansion. I thought it would be a poetic way to unify the original mansion with the addition of the Great Hall, ”said the first lady.
Technically, the mansion is 71 years old; Like the Summer Olympics, the anniversary concert is a year late due to covid delays.
Phelps won the Grammy Awards and Dove Awards as part of the Gaither Vocal Band; since then, the tenor has continued to sell records and attract crowds.
“He’s one of the greatest tenors we’ve ever had: a great, great tenor,” said Bill Gaither.
Susan Hutchinson shares this assessment.
“I have always been impressed with the voice, performance and repertoire of David Phelps. The Arkansans will also be impressed,” she said. “I am delighted that our Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association is sponsoring the pledge to benefit David Phelps.”
In an email, Phelps said he was happy to return to his natural state.
“Arkansas is like a second home to us. My wife, Lori, was born in Magnolia and she still has family living in the Hope area. We have enjoyed many great meals and reunions in this amazing state. tour we have traveled from corner to corner state and many places in between. There has always been a warm welcome and a night to remember, “he said.
The performance in the Great Hall will be enjoyable, he said.
“Years ago I sang at the Governor’s Mansion at the dedication after its renovation. It was a beautiful evening concert in the gardens outside. Then we went inside to the hall. to eat and had an amazing meal and a great conversation, ”he said. “The mansion is as beautiful as you could hope for … a perfect representation for the people of Arkansas.”
Although best known for his religious songs, Phelps says there will be a lot of variety in his playlist.
“We always do a mix of styles and genres of music,” he said. “Everything from classic to Broadway, to pop and gospel. And of course, being at the Governor’s Mansion, we’re sure to make some patriotic standards.”