Kathy Mattea’s Christmas program comes to OCCC


    (Published: 11-21-14)

OCCC welcomes Kathy MatteaOklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will host Grammy winning Kathy Mattea’s “Songs and the Season” Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their Performing Arts Series. 

For the first time since 2010, Mattea will be touring her “Songs and the Season” Christmas program, a thoughtful blend of old favorites and new songs from her celebrated holiday albums, “Joy for Christmas Day” and “Good News.”

Mattea’s unmistakable voice explores music's most basic human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives while intimately connecting with her audience. Her Christmas concerts are, she says, "more about the spiritual side of Christmas, and not so much about the holiday." The result is a performance that will bring both joy and reverence to the seasonal celebration with selections including "Christmas Collage," "Baby King," and "Mary Did You Know?”

As NPR says, "Kathy Mattea has never stuck to conventions within any genre." Whether she's adapting the classic "Angels We Have Heard on High" or arranging "There's Still My Joy," a new contribution from award-winning writers Melissa Manchester and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Mattea brings a fresh ear and a natural, unforced eclecticism to this holiday musical experience.

Mattea has been twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. She carved out a role for herself in the late 1980s and 1990s as a sensitive yet energetic artist at ease both with country tradition and free-ranging innovation. With close to 30 Top 40 country hits, including 15 Top 1O’s and 4 Number One songs, five gold albums and a platinum-selling greatest hits compilation, she is among the most successful women in the genre's history.

Tickets are $15-$45 and can be purchased online at tickets.occc.edu, by calling (405) 682-7579 or in-person at OCCC Box Office.

The next performance in the Performing Arts Series is the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Jan. 23.

To learn more about the OCCC Performing Arts Series visit www.occc.edu/pas. Learn more about Kathy Mattea at www.mattea.com.