Phil Keaggy to perform at Calvary Fellowship Saturday night

Phil Keaggy

World-renowned musician Phil Keaggy is scheduled to appear in concert this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Calvary Fellowship, 23302-56th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace.

Keaggy is regularly found on lists of the top ten guitarist of all time, and has recorded more than 50 solo albums over his more than 40-year career. Two of Keaggy’s album releases in the 1990s received Grammy Award nominations; he has won seven Dove Awards for various albums from 1987-2002. His latest release, “The Cover of Love,” is a collection of cover and original love songs.

The 61-year-old Keaggy began playing professionally as a young teen with a group called the Squires. While still in high school, Keaggy and a longtime friend, John Sferra, founded the group Glass Harp. The band received accolades early on, releasing a number of critically-acclaimed albums and touring the country with such groups as Yes, Traffic and Chicago.

Keaggy’s life changed dramatically at age 19 when he was touring and received word that his parents had been involved in a head-on auto accident; his mother didn’t survive the injuries sustained in the collision. He stopped experimenting with drugs and became a born-again Christian, even testifying before some Glass Harp concerts.

The musician left Glass Harp in 1972 and released his first solo album, “What a Day,” in 1973. He became one of the standard bearers for a new genre of music that was taking off in the 1970s, Contemporary Christian. His album releases since have also tapped into the styles of rock, pop, folk, Latin and jazz.

Tickets for Keaggy’s appearance at Calvary Fellowship are $8 when purchased in advance, $12 at the door. There are also a limited number of VIP admission tickets available at $25 each. Tickets can be purchased online.

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