ANDY: Angie! I have to tell you that of course I am excited to be talking to you, but Polly is THRILLED. She just loves you!
ANGIE: Well, I love her. And you are OK too, I guess.
ANDY: Thank you very much, I think. Hey, I heard you and Jason Crabb were going to be touring together.
ANGIE: Oh, isn’t that something? I hope that is going to work out. I know they are talking about it.
ANDY: Ha! I have good news, Angie. They must have worked it out, because the tour is already being advertised. I got an email about it today.
ANGIE: Oh honey, I am just … isn’t God good? How about that?
ANDY: I don’t know if you remember, but the first time we met was at a live recording — and you were singing with Jason. Remember the non air-conditioned tent?
ANGIE: Yes! That was the Tent Revival album.
ANDY: I love that CD and occasionally go to YouTube and watch clips from that night. Reggie and Ladye Love were there … the Vocal Band … William Lee Golden … I remember thinking: If Golden is ever gonna get rid of the hair and beard, it’ll be tonight!
ANGIE: It was hot!
ANDY: Soooo hot. And you and Jason moving and singing as hard as you both do? Whew! Did I mention there was no air-conditioning? (Laughter) Angie, you have such a big voice. When did that manifest itself? Or were you just an odd 5-year-old running around with these Billie Holiday/Aretha Franklin pipes?
ANGIE: (Laughing) I grew up singing that way. My mama had me singing earlier than I can remember.
ANDY: Do you ever get a sore throat? Is touring tough on your voice?
ANGIE: Yes. Weather changes are tough on me, but I can sing through it. Amazingly, the cruises we do are not too hard on my voice even though we perform constantly. The weather is the same all week.
ANDY: I hadn’t thought of that, but I suppose it’s true. Are you on the Alaskan cruise in August?
ANGIE: Oh, yes, baby. I would not miss it.
ANDY: Good. I’ll be there, too. With Polly and the boys. Speaking of Polly, she wanted me to ask what your favorite song is that you do in your shows.
ANGIE: Right now it is “Days of Elijah.”
ANDY: Yes! I like that, too. Isn’t that the one that kind of sounds like it could have been in The Lion King?
ANGIE: (Angie laughs a long time and every time she is about to catch her breath, Andy does his imitation of the Homecoming artists singing background on that song— sending her into hysterics again!) Oh my Lord! OK … one more time … do that again.
ANDY: (Singing) There’s no God like Jehovah, no God like Jehovah, no God like Jehovah… (Angie is laughing) If you listen carefully, you can hear my Russ Taff growl in there.
ANGIE: You are truly a crazy person.
ANDY: Thank you! Now, let’s be serious. (Angie bursts out laughing.) I can tell this has gotten out of hand. Can I hire you to be in my audiences? OK … take a deep breath. Now, if you had to do something else for a living, what would you choose?
ANGIE: A church administrator.
ANDY: You’ve got to be kidding.
ANGIE: No, I love the organizational aspect of that. It would be a way to serve the Lord. You know, Andy, even when I work with choirs or in the studio, I’m very organized. I’m like, “OK, we will enjoy this process, but let’s get this work done.” I’m very disciplined in that way.
ANDY: Curiously, that makes sense to me. You are a wise steward of the talent God has obviously given you. I think that’s why a song delivered by you is so much more than the music.
ANGIE: Thank you for noticing that. I’m doing the Mahalia Jackson song “Walk in Jerusalem” in concert now and it’s a history lesson all its own. I was in Norway recently teaching black history through the old songs and the stories that bring the music to life. I just love doing that!
ANDY: Last question: Is there anyone you haven’t worked with that you’d really like to meet?
ANGIE: No, I don’t suppose. I’m just not as fascinated by that kind of thing as one might think. I was with a group after a show one evening in Chicago and everyone was headed to Oprah’s house. I went back to the hotel because I was right in the middle of my Left Behind book!
ANDY: Good grief. Well, the author of that book, Jerry Jenkins, was at my house last weekend. I asked Jerry and his wife, Diana, to join us on the Alaskan cruise. I know that doesn’t matter to you though, so I’ll make sure you don’t meet him.
ANGIE: (Laughing) Wait, wait, wait now…