An unusual talent and personality best describes the gift and life of Sandy Hosey. As a world traveler, Sandy has a special God-given gift to communicate effectively to audiences of varied ethnic backgrounds. Her purpose in life is to bring unity and hope to people of all races and backgrounds. Her dynamic voice and stage presence will invite you to enter into her song with her.
As a young girl growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Sandy’s unique singing talent was recognized by a local radio disc jockey, A.C. "Moohaw" Williams. She soon became a member of the famous “Teen-Town Singers,” a part of W.D.I.A., the first Black-Staffed Radio station in the country heard across eight states. That group produced many top named singing artists, entertainers, circuit court judges, lawyers, professors, state representatives, business owners, etc.
While a sociology student at Le-Moyne-Owen College, the door opened for Sandy to travel worldwide with the “Holiday Inn Messengers,” a good-will ambassador singing group sponsored by the International chain of Holiday Inns. The Messengers were a closely knitted group whose tight, driving sound combined the best of pop, top-40, blues, country, patriotic and gospel tunes. Their performances were in a new dimension and their sound was in tune with only one audience...The Brotherhood of Mankind.
While in this group, she sang for benefits with people such as Bob Hope and Danny Thomas at the St. Jude Shower of Stars, as well as opened State Fair Shows with Kenny Rogers, Johnny and June Cash, Mac Davis and other celebrities. While a part of the Messengers, she performed at county and state fairs such as the Ozark Empire, Missouri State Fair, Mid-South Fair, DuQuoin Fair, Texas State Fair and the Florida State Fair. She also performed at Knotts Berry Farm in 1974 as well as the Mid-South Sport, Boat, Travel and Vacation Show. As a part of the group she made many appearances at Callaway Gardens, Georgia and the San Diego Zoo. Other engagements found Sandy singing for Senator John Glenn’s Inaugural Ball soon after they had performed for the seven original Astronauts' first reunion, on the Mike Douglas TV Show in 1974 along with guest Pat Boone and family, before 1.5 million people in Mexico City as well as on two nationwide telecast in that country, for the National Governor’s Convention, and throughout Europe and Asia entertaining American soldiers for the U.S. Department of Defense. All of these experiences helped prepare Sandy for what God has called her to today and that is to sing from her heart to yours.
Singing country music is now an evolution of what is in her heart to bridge the gap that exist between the two gospels and that of country music itself. She did it many years ago and now it is in her heart to do it again. Sandy says “I’m especially excited that the CD will lead many of my fellow Afro Americans to add country music to the rich musical heritage we share.”
Sandy is married to Sr. Chaplain Russell Hosey and has been happily married since July of 1976. They have four children and two grand daughters. They have been Co-Directors for Billy Graham’s Christian Radio Station KAIM in Honolulu, Hawaii. Five years later they served as Directors of Evangelism for the Illinois District of the Assemblies of God. God then led them to Charlotte, NC where they served as TV personnel, staff and area pastors for Heritage Church and Ministries.
In 1996, Sandy became Founder and Director of a unique urban program called Camp-A-Kid Encounter (C.A.K.E.). It is primarily directed toward children of jail and prison inmates. Sandy believes that no matter what the parent(s) has done or what society may say concerning the parent(s), that their children should be given a chance to make it in this life. Together with other children who are experiencing some of the same questions and difficulties they are directed in a positive direction.
In February, 1997, a lot of things changed for Sandy and her husband Russ. Television Fore-Christ Ministry that was seen on the Inspirational Network, the Angel Network and many other networks around the country and the world ask them to come and be a part of the broadcasting team. They were with that program for 3 years. That program had 17 Million viewers at any given time of viewing.
On June 14, 2003 Sandy became a chaplain and received a Certificate of Completion from (IFOC) the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Inc. certification. She is now Executive Director of the IFOC/CC3 Chaplain Corps a community based chaplaincy group in North Carolina. She is among a group of trained chaplains in the area of CISM and FEMA training. She is also a chaplain with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team which went down to New Orleans soon after Katrina. Her gift of music was also a gift to provide comfort and peace to the desperate people still remaining in that area. Sandy is also a volunteer for the U.S.O. in Charlotte, NC which provides hospitality to military men and women and their families passing through the Charlotte International Airport.
Sandy’s ministry opportunities also include her singing on national and local TV programs such as Heritage Today, TV-38 Chicago, WSFJ TV-51 Columbus, Ohio, 100 Huntley Street, Toronto, Canada, as well as many others. She has also appeared in concerts with Phil Driscoll, Jesse Dixon and other Christian recording artists. Sandy has sung back up on a couple of Ron Kenoly’s television specials on the Inspiration Network. She has sung for Crusades in Singapore, Malaysia, in the Caribbean for Christ for the Nations in Montego Bay, Costa Rica, Guyana, Surinam and throughout the United States. She is right at home singing as well as ministering in churches, fellowship, retreats and conferences.
Sandy's love for humanity found her singing for the Ecumenical program sponsored by Lincoln Bank, Charlotte, NC for their annual marathon race with proceeds going toward the home of the Battered Women's Shelter. She and her husband Russ sang for Barnes & Noble Special Educator's Events on "Close the Book on Hate" which was an effort of Barnes & Noble to help celebrate diversity in our communities nationwide. She was also a special music guest for Habitat for Humanity celebration in Charlotte, NC.
Sandy's past involvement includes some of the following: 1st Runner up to Miss Blue-zette in honor of B.B.King, Memphis, TN 1971, Contestant in the Miss Black Memphis pageant, Miss Veteran- Le-Moyne Owen College, Memphis, Tenn. 1970, 1st Alternate to Miss Essence Magazine of Tennessee 1971-72, and she ran for Mrs. North Carolina in 1986.
Sandy Hosey is happy to announce her Country Gospel CD "Mama Be Back She's Gone Country" that was released September 29, 2007. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com or simply becoming one of her friends at www.myspace.com/sandyhosey or by joining her upcoming monthly "Circle of Country Friends" Newsletter. All in all Sandy's love for people and her love for music has brought her full circle.