New Elementary & Secondary Music and Fine Arts Director

Christy Sutherland

Christy Sutherland is no stranger to the South Texas crossroads area. Raised in Port Lavaca, Texas, Christy is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Christy has performed many times on the prestigious stage of The Grand Ole Opry, TBN's "Praise the Lord" and was featured on Dr. Robert Schueller's Crystal Cathedral Christmas and Easter television specials as well as the Hour of Power international television program. She also was featured on Bill Gaither's Women of Homecoming video, The 700 Club and multiple shows on Bill Mack's Sirius/XM's "Willie's Place".
Christy has garnered two major-label recording contracts with Giant and Sony Records, as well as a staff writing position for two of Music Row's finest publishing companies, Patrick Joseph Music and Universal Music Publishing. Her debut country single "Freedom" charted on the Hot Country charts. She has spent the past eleven years in full time ministry, traveling in concert and speaking in churches across America. Christy's albums have been nationally distributed by New Day, Family Christian Bookstores and Mansion Records.
As a songwriter, Christy has had over 50 recordings done of her songs. A few of her cuts include artists such as Sandi Patty, Rizen, Highway 101, Big Country and Chris Knight. Her songs are also sung by church choirs around the world, having been published in choral collections by Word, Lifeway, and Daywind Music. Triumphant Quartet scored a top-5 hit with her song, "Somebody Died for Me". As a result, it became one of the Singing News Top 10 Songs of the Year, was nominated as the Singing News Song of the Year and won the Absolutely Gospel Traditional Song of the Year award in 2011, as well as a coveted BMI award in 2012.
Christy's anointed vocals have earned her the 2009 Christian Music Hall of Fame Visionary Award for Southern Gospel Female Vocalist of the Year as well as the SGN Scoops Fan Voted Diamond Award for Christian Country Female Vocalist of the Year four times. She's also won the Artist Music Guild Award twice for Song of the Year and twice for Actor of the Year. She received an Emmy nomination for the Hands of Hope project benefiting victims of domestic abuse.
Christy starred in the faith-based film "Welcome to Inspiration", appeared in the film "A Belle for Christmas" starring Dean Cain, filmed a television sitcom pilot, and most recently, hosted her own Christian television talk show, "You Can Get There from Here with Christy Sutherland".
Along with balancing a successful career as a singer, songwriter and actor, Christy is the senior associate vocal coach at one of Nashville's top vocal studios, Renee' Grant-Williams Voice Studio. Christy has taught private lessons for the past 24 years. Her clients include Gloria Gaynor, Kim Carnes, Pam Tillis, Matraca Berg, Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Carly Pearce, Tenille Townes, Joseph Habedank, Jason Michael Carroll, Jeffrey Li (America's Got Talent) and Jenny Beth Willis (American Idol). For more information on private voice lessons with Christy, go to
Christy is excited to be the new Fine Arts Instructor at Faith Academy and to share her musical talent, experience and faith with young people in her hometown area.

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