Amazing Grace heads our way for one-off gig
THIRTY years ago he was driving trucks and singing in pubs. Today, Steve Grace is an international award winning country gospel artist with 20 albums and a million miles of concert tours behind him.
Communicating to thousands of people each year, his tours literally go anywhere and everywhere, from remote villages on South Pacific islands to remote communities and country towns across Australia.
Steve Grace is one of Australia's leading contemporary Christian musicians. In 1996, the Gospel Music Association of America voted Steve the International Artist of the Year and the Australian radio industry has awarded him two Pater awards for song-writing.
Australia's biggest-selling country performer, Slim Dusty, honoured Steve by recording his song Port Augusta on Dusty's 100th album Looking Forward, Looking Back.
Grace has lived a colourful life. He spent his early years on a Wycliffe Bible Translators mission station in New Guinea before moving to Wollongong, NSW, for his teenage years.
At 14, Steve learnt guitar and started writing songs and singing in local churches.
"I used to write some really deep songs, until I found that people responded to the really simple ones that I thought were a bit corny,” he said.
"I began to see the effect that a simple song could have on the right audience, very much in line with the parables Jesus told.”
Whether it is small outback town halls, concert halls in large cities, or the international stage, Steve's love for God and people shine through his music and life.
Steve and his band are coming to Stanthorpe to stage a free concert at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre on Sunday, June 17, starting at 4pm (doors open 3.30pm).
Free coffee and tea will be offered at the event. Hot soup will also be available for a gold coin donation.