Andrew Osenga offers stories, songs

Andrew Osenga offers stories, songs

February 25th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Singer/songwriter Andrew Osenga will help Chattanooga Salvation Army Corps 614 introduce its new Arts Outreach tonight.

Osenga will share his songs and the stories behind his music as part of his house concert tour. The show is designed to be an evening of unplugged artistry to connect with audiences on a personal level.

Osenga set out on a similar tour last spring, traveling 11,000 miles in his Toyota Matrix, playing 27 shows in six weeks.

"I've rarely been more tired or had more fun on the road," he said on his website. "Having always traveled with large groups of people, it was really fun to just be out there on my own, [performing] my own songs and stories at the concerts."

Osenga is probably best known for his lead guitar, vocal and songwriting contributions to the contemporary Christian group Caedmon's Call. He also has appeared with Andrew Peterson for the past 11 years on the Behold the Lamb of God Christmas tour.

Osenga's latest album, "Choosing Sides" (2010), deals with issues of marriage, parenthood, friendships and faith, highlighting "his surgeon-like ability to cut to the heart of situations listeners identify with."

A portion of ticket proceeds from the show will create a startup fund to benefit the corps' new Art Outreach. The project will offer a variety of artistic events and programming in 2011 that will help bridge the city's homeless and artistic communities.

"The potential [for Arts Outreach] is huge, especially to involve and impact the homeless community," said event coordinator Tenika Dye. For more information, call her at 276-451-0240 or Capt. Jon-Phil Winter at 423-504-2157.

IF YOU GO

* What: Andrew Osenga in concert.

* When: 7 tonight.

* Where: Chattanooga Salvation Army Corps 614, 800 McCallie Ave.

* Admission: $5 students and Corps 614 community, $10 all others.

* Phone: 756-1023.