In 1982, contemporary pop was taking center stage in Christian music, and after shopping for a record deal, the founders of Reunion Records decided to create their own record label to launch the musical career of this Italian girl from New York. That initial record became the fastest selling debut album from any female artist in the history of Christian music at that time and included her first radio hit, Stubborn Love.
In addition to her success in Christian music, Kathy made quite an impact in the mainstream arena as well, scoring a top five hit with Everything Changes. She also had a top 10 single with the Beach Boys, entitled I Can Hear Music.
Kathy has come a long way since her musical debut, but her passion for sharing the Gospel and her life lessons through music has not waned a bit. In 2012, she celebrated 30 years of music and ministry. Kathy has 22 recordings to her credit, mixing both pop/gospel to jazz flavors on several recordings. From the big band sound on Sentimental Christmas and unique combo arrangements on Heartsongs to the beloved and intimate worship on Draw Me Close, Kathy displays her diverse talent– being a velvety songstress to a powerful encourager.
“So many years were spent working and reaching and climbing. I was trying to find my place in the music world. But God has His perfect timing and a surprisingly different road opened up for me in the last several years. The journey has been far more exhilarating than anything I could have ever imagined.”
Kathy’s numerous accolades include these 22 recordings, 17 number-one radio hits, 19 Dove Award nominations, 2 Dove Awards, and 3 Grammy nominations. Her newest CD, “30” Years/Songs–The Kathy Troccoli Collection is a treasured assortment of her beloved music and serves as a tribute to the timeless classics of her career. This collection of favorites includes Stubborn Love, Go Light Your World and My Life Is In Your Hands.
A highly sought-after conference speaker and singer, Kathy has ministered to millions of women through various national conferences. A new adventure began for Kathy in 2012 as she launched an intimate women’s event called Among Friends. As the host, Kathy is inviting nationally known authors, speakers, humorists and Bible teachers to join her in multiple locations nationwide. Different guests will be featured in each city and include — Lisa Harper, Liz Curtis Higgs, Chonda Pierce, Anita Renfroe, Ellie Lofaro, Carol Kent, Jennifer Rothschild, Patsy Clairmont, Donna VanLiere and many more.
This Friday evening/Saturday morning program includes bible teaching, powerful stories, comedic relief and comforting music. There will also be a time of worship and prayer. “I can’t wait to spend time with women at Among Friends”, says Kathy. “My hope is to give them a safe place to let down the walls, enjoy a good laugh, be themselves — and walk away with renewed courage to take on life’s trials. I yearn for all of us to leave knowing that God is not done writing our stories.”
From serving on the mission fields of Africa, India and Central America through the highly respected ministry of Life Outreach International with James and Betty Robison, to hosting 15 years of rejuvenating and relaxing cruises, meeting and ministering to women across the country is still Kathy’s greatest joy and passion. Kathy has allowed both successes and trials to shape her over the past thirty years, equipping her for a multi-faceted career. Her arresting transparency and penetrating songs have allowed her the longevity few have had the opportunity to experience.
Kathy doesn’t ever take the success bestowed on her for granted. . “I am exactly where I am supposed to be. There is such freedom in that. Now I truly understand that my singing is just a part of what God has created me to do.”
And what is that?
“To encourage, motivate, and inspire – what a privilege.”