Sonshine Singers return
Group teams up with Brady O’Brien Live for ministry
When the Sonshine Singers wrapped up 20 years of musical ministry with a February 2019 performance, the group’s director, Armona Redenius, promised that the last note had not yet been sung. There would be future reunions and special events, she said at that time.
One of those reunions is just days away.
It will pair some 60 members of the Sonshine Singers with noted local pianist Brady O’Brien for two performances.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Sonshine Singers are back,” O’Brien wrote on the Brady O’Brien Live Facebook page. “Make sure to join us at First Covenant Church for a combined ministry of Sonshine Singers and Brady O’Brien Live.”
The first performance will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday. The second will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Both performances will be at First Covenant Church, located at 201 Ave. H, north of the Iowa Central Community College campus. A free will offering will be accepted, with the money going to the Twin Lakes Bible Camp.
The performances are billed as the Fall Reunion Ministry. Redenius said the Sonshine Singers and O’Brien will be using their “God-given talents to glorify Jesus Christ.”
“It’s going to be just a very, very spiritual heart-warming event,” she said.
The Sonshine Singers will start both performances by singing four songs.
Then it will be O’Brien’s turn.
“He plays a phenomenal piano,” Redenius said.
Then the Sonshine Singers will return with four more songs.
Redenius said the song list includes “Midnight Cry,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Prepare Ye the Way,” and “Christ Is Returning,” among others.
The Sonshine Singers will be accompanied by two trumpets, a trombone, a bass, drums and a piano.
“I think it is something people are not going to want to miss,” Redenius said.
If You Go
What: Fall Reunion Ministry featuring Sonshine Singers and Brady O’Brien Live
When: 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sept. 16
Where: First Convenant Church, 201 Ave. H
Admission: Free, with free will offering collected for Twin Lakes Bible Camp
About Sonshine Singers
The group was established in 2019 and held regular music ministries through February 2019.
It has performed in area churches and at the state Capitol, the Iowa State fair, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, and C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
The group released 22 CDs. Over the years its performances raised about $35,000 for various organizations and causes.
About Brady O’Brien Live
Brady O’Brien is a Fort Dodge resident and graduate of St. Edmond High School.
An accomplished pianist, he established Brady O’Brien Live in 2021 as a non-profit organization. He joins forces with other musicians from the area to perform shows that raise money for various charities.