Grant and Gokey ready for sold out Autumn Ridge concert

December 2, 2018

This might qualify as old news: The Natalie Grant / Danny Gokey Christmas concert Sunday night at Autumn Ridge Church sold in less than a week last September.

It’s old news because 19 of the 28 concerts in the Autumn Ridge Arts Series have sold out, said Jim Maher, producer of the series. Even at that, though, the Grant/Gokey sellout was nearly record-setting.

“We had a similar fast sellout in 2011 with Steven Curtis Chapman’s first appearance at the Autumn Ridge Arts Series,” Maher said. “These events are becoming hot tickets.”

The auditorium at the church seats 1,150, and in the 12 years of the arts series, 26,000 people have attended shows, Maher said. The series programs primarily Christian artists.

In this case, Grant has been a top-selling Christian artist since her breakout gold album “Awaken,” in 2005. There’s no question a performer of her stature would sell a lot of tickets.

Add Gokey to the mix, though, and you apparently sell a lot of tickets in a hurry. The singer made it to the finals of Season 8 of TV’s “American Idol.” His personal story won millions of hearts; his young wife, who had been his high school sweetheart, died just a month before his audition for the show.

In recent years, both Grant and Gokey have piled up Grammy nominations and Dove Awards.

For this “Celebrate Christmas Tour,” Grant and Gokey will perform a combination of Christmas classics and originals for the lucky folks who got their tickets early.

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