Ashton Becker and Dente
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Ashton Becker and Dente Biography
It's a warm, sun-splashed summer morning in Franklin, Tenn., as three of Christian music's most acclaimed female vocalists-Susan Ashton, Margaret Becker and Christine Dente-converge on Wayne Kirkpatrick's studio to put the finishing touches on one of the most anticipated collaborations in Christian music history--their trio album. Aptly titled Along the Road, the Kirkpatrick-produced project is being heralded as a female equivalent of the Eagles' signature acoustic sound. The three talented artists have been hard at work on this labor of love--juggling other recording projects, tour schedules and impending motherhood (Christine gave birth to Carina Christine, her second child, in July).
With the 1993 release of her third album, Susan Ashton, Sparrow's best-selling new artist ever firmly established herself as one of the most popular vocalists in Christian music. Her sensitive, passionate renderings have won her legions of fans as evidenced by nine No. 1 Christian radio singles and her most recent album's hone in the Top 5 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian album sales chart. Garth Brooks chose Susan to join him for the second leg of his European tour which performed before an estimated 83,000 people.
Margaret Becker's music has always been marked by lyrics that are both personal and profound, set in a framework that highlights the message. Margaret's acclaimed musical gifts soared to new heights in 1993 on the wings of her best-selling record to date, Soul. Since its release the album has yielded a Grammy nomination and three No. 1 Christian radio singles, including the top adult contemporary single of the year, "This I Know." Named Top Christian Songwriter on 1993 by American Songwriter magazine, Margaret is well-known for writing poignant songs that explore life's trials and triumphs.
As one-half of the ground-breaking Sparrow duo Out of the Grey, Christine Dente's melodic vocals have combined with her husband Scott's guitar mastery to create a fresh, innovative sound that has captivated fans. Their second recording, The Shape of Grace, yielded four Top 5 Christian radio singles, including the No. 1 CHR song of 1993, "Nothing's Gonna Keep Me From You." Since 1992, the duo has performed their artful pop before hundreds of thousands of listeners, first on Steven Curtis Chapman's The Great Adventure tour and on Margaret Becker's The World I See in You tour. Their best-selling release, Diamond Days, has already yielded two No. 1 adult contemporary singles on Christian radio and is continuing to gain rave reviews for Christine's vocal gifts, Scott's guitar prowess and the duo's insightful songwriting.