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Elizabeth Montgomery has performed her brand of Christian music around the world.

If you’d seen Elizabeth Montgomery (MA music performance ’92) as a young child, the last career you would have picked for her was singer. Most days, she couldn’t even blow up a balloon. 

Montgomery was born with a serious lung illness that plagued her early years. In fact, her doctors didn’t think she’d live.

But she says prayers helped her overcome poor health to get an early start as, yes, a singer. So early she admits she doesn’t even remember her first musical performances singing in front of the TV to Dial soap commercials.

“That’s what my mother told me, and she said I seemed to stay on key,” says Montgomery, from the Tulsa, Okla., home base of her Christian singing ministry.

From singing in front of the TV, she moved on to singing in front of thousands within just a few years.

“I entered a talent contest at the Tulsa State Fair when I was 12 years old,” she says. “I sang, ‘Over the Rainbow.’ It was at that moment, singing in front of several thousand people, I knew that singing was my passion.”

A passion she wasted little time developing immediately after that early baptism of performing.

“Right after that, I sang at my uncle’s church in Knoxville, Tenn.,” she says. “I loved singing the old Gospel songs and sharing my testimony.”

When Montgomery returned to Oklahoma, she told everyone who’d listen about her singing. 

“One church led to another until I was performing all over Oklahoma,” she says.
Today, she travels the country (she’s on the road about 40 weekends a year) and often ends up back in Colorado. She held a Christmas concert two years in a row at DU’s Lamont School of Music in the mid-1990s. 

Montgomery released her lastest album late in 2009.

Today, she has seven albums of Christian music and more than 2,000 performances to her credit.

“I love my life because I get to share music with people all over the country,” Montgomery says. “And the friends I have met along the way are priceless.”

Her last album, Somebody’s Praying for You, was produced by Chuck Butler, who also produced the Backstreet Boys.

The title cut, she says, is “connecting with people everywhere” because of its message that someone does care about them.

Montgomery will be in Colorado for a number of concerts:

April 18 at Ft. Morgan Church of the Nazarene in Fort Morgan, 10:45 a.m.
April 18 at Hillside Baptist Church in Greeley, 6 p.m.
April 23 at Christian Church in Lakewood, 7 p.m.
April 24 at Littleton Seventh Day Adventist Church in Littleton, 11 a.m.
April 24 at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora 5 p.m.
April 25 at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora  9:10 a.m., 10:35 a.m.
April 25 at Harvey Park Christian Church in Denver, 7 p.m.

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