Ever since she burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager, bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native has gained a reputation for creating songs that examine life’s complexities with an open heart.
She became the first Christian music artist to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name.
Grant’s career spans nearly three decades, and in that time, she has gained the title of top-selling contemporary Christian music singer of all time, earning six Grammys, 22 Dove Awards and three multi-Platinum albums.
Ten of her singles have reached the Top 40 for pop, and 17 have become Top 40 hits for adult contemporary. Grant is also one of only two Christian artists who have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Meanwhile, Lakeside Chautauqua will welcome JoAnne Russell to lead a Tennis Clinic from June 21 to 23 at the Williams Tennis Campus.
Russell is an American former professional tennis player who, with her playing partner Helen Gourley Cawley, won the 1977 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles title by defeating Chris Evert and Rosie Casals in the first round and the top-ranked team of Martina Navratilova and Betty Stöve.
Steve Vaughn, an elite professional tennis player, will teach alongside Russell at the clinic. Sessions will be set up in 60-minute to 90-minute timeslots and organized according to skill level. Limited timeslots available.
Russell played on the pro circuit until 1988, winning three Grand Slam Masters crowns in doubles, six Women’s Tennis Association titles and a World Cup Singles title. She was inducted into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Russell also served as an Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois from 1998-2005. Now retired, she is a tennis pro at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Fla.
Vaughn has played tennis his entire life, winning the 1973 North Carolina State Championship in high school and serving as team captain at Clemson University. After college, he served as a tennis pro at several country clubs in Columbus, Ohio. In 1984, Vaughn moved to Naples and worked as the Director of Tennis at Quail Creek Country Club and Director of Grey Oaks Country Club. In 2015, Vaughn was hired as Director of Tennis at The Player Club & Spa.
The rest of the week’s entertainment includes:
• Chautauqua Choral Festival Concert "Hope Beckons" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Hoover Auditorium
• Hoover Movie Night: “Aristocats” (G) will be shown at 8:15 p.m. at Monday, June 24 in Hoover Auditorium.
• Lakeside welcomes Wm. Paul Young, author of the worldwide bestsellers, The Shack, Cross Roads and Eve, at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at Hoover Auditorium. He will share insights on his life and his writings with Lakesiders in a Q&A format. His books will be available for purchase at The Fine Print bookstore, and a book signing will follow the evening lecture.
• Family Entertainment Series: Mutts Gone Nuts will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Hoover Auditorium. The comedy thrill show features a pack of talented pooches that will unleash havoc and hilarity, including high-flying Frisbee tricks, tight-wire walking, dancing, magic and Sammie the Talking Dog.
• Diego Figueiredo & Chiara Izzi will perform at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Hoover Auditorium. Fusing jazz, bossa nova and classical music, Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo will make his Lakeside debut alongside award-winning Italian singer and songwriter Chiara Izzi.
• Six Appeal will perform at 8:15 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Hoover Auditorium. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal returns to Hoover Auditorium to take the audience on a journey spanning decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes, all sung a cappella.
Purchasing a daily, Friday, Saturday or season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and the show in Hoover Auditorium. A separate ticket is not necessary to attend a show or concert. For more information, visit www.lakesideohio.com.