CHRISTY SUTHERLAND: NEW SINGLE “HE GREW THE TREE” BRINGS A WEALTH OF TALENT AND FAMILY HISTORY TO GOSPEL RADIO & RETAIL
Barbara Mandrell Comes Out of Retirement To Produce New Single & Album
(Nashville, Tennessee) –March 22, 2011 –That Christy Sutherland is on the brink of major artist breakthrough has never been more evident than in the radio release this week of her newest single, “He Grew The Tree.”
The poignantly stirring ballad is a song with a special history. It was recorded in the 80’s by country superstar, Barbara Mandrell. It was Mandrell who, in fact, encouraged her daughter-in-law Christy Sutherland to revive “He Grew The Tree” for Sutherland’s forthcoming new gospel album—Greater Still –and was even gracious enough to go in studio to co-produce the album with Christy.
Notes Barbara: “‘He Grew The Tree’ is one of my top 5 favorite songs. I was the first artist to record it and I cannot think of anything better than having Christy record it—and asking me to produce it! Christy’s stellar vocals and immense songwriting talent have made my job of producing a pure joy. I could not be more proud of her new single or of her upcoming album!”
Gospel radio’s major influencers will this week get a preview of “He Grew The Tree” –in a specially bannered Christy Sutherland priority mailing that will include a personally handwritten note from Barbara Mandrell. The impact at radio is expected to be a strong promotional set-up for the release of Sutherland’s new studio album in early summer.
The heartwarming element of ‘family ties’ to her latest single are not lost on Christy. She notes: “I remember listening to Barbara’s recording of ‘He Grew The Tree’ as a young girl—never dreaming that one day I would be recording the same song with Barbara producing! We never know what God has in store.”