Melinda McGlasson, a graduate of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College, will return to northeast Oklahoma this weekend, for two free concerts on Sunday, July 2.
WELCH/VINITA – Voted most likely to win a Grammy by her classmates, Oklahoma native Melinda McGlasson is on her way to meeting that goal as a rising Contemporary Christian artist.
McGlasson, a graduate of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College, will return to northeast Oklahoma this weekend, for two free concerts on Sunday, July 2.
The first, a morning service at Welch Baptist Church in Welch will include a patriotic theme, fitting with the Independence Day holiday weekend. The second, an evening concert at Calvary Baptist Church in Vinita, will include a variety of McGlasson's favorites, including a few new songs which may appear on her upcoming album.
"I'm not there yet," McGlasson said of the Grammy win goal. "But I was a first round nominee for new artist for the Grammys last year."
McGlasson's path from worship leader to recording artist did not happen overnight. The journey began when the Adair High School grad attended NEO on a full music scholarship.
"I always sang, wrote music and played the piano," McGlasson said. "But I didn't want to be a music teacher."
Instead, McGlasson went on to study counseling at Mid America Christian College in Oklahoma City. That decision led her path to working alongside her husband, Dallas, providing pastoral counseling to people at their church, Lifeway Christian Center in Guymon, Oklahoma.
"We hope to help people before they need to go to a psychologist," McGlasson said.
In August 2015, McGlasson became ill after returning from church camp. Three doctor visits later, the diagnosis was confirmed - ovarian cancer.
McGlasson immediately asked family and friends spanning the globe to pray. When doctors conducted the surgery to remove the mass, they discovered it was not cancerous.
Fast forward two months later, McGlasson began noticing some issues with her voice which impacted her music ministry. Doctors discovered she had developed thyroid cancer.
At the same time, she received a call many dream about. Officials with Redemption World Records heard a recording of her music. They had an opening to develop a new artist.
"I thought 'is this a prank'," McGlasson said with a laugh. "It was crazy."
After prayer and counsel, McGlasson signed with the label - and began writing music for what would become her first release "Spirit Break Out."
"I was stage three cancer," McGlasson said. "I took it as a sign from God I was going to be O.K."
In a three month period, McGlasson wrote 13 songs. On January 16, 2016, she traveled to Nashville to record her album at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin.
"It was crazy," McGlasson said, as she recalled the experience. "The thyroid is right next to your vocal cords. I had three days to record. But I was able to do all 10 [songs] in one day. It was a miracle."
By April 2016, her first album appeared in stores. For the past year, McGlasson has balanced life as an up and coming Christian artist, with being a mom of three boys ages 14, 11 and 8.
In addition to touring to a variety of locations - including this weekend's concerts - McGlasson has spent time working on her new album, penning new songs.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, she'll team up with Gordon Mott, a musician who travels with the Gaither Vocal Band and the long-running Gaither Homecoming Tour, in Bartlesville for a fundraiser to benefit Family Promise of Washington County.
McGlasson marvels as she knows her music is not only in the United States, but plays in more than 27 different countries.
McGlasson said many of the songs resonate with people - especially those who are going through "a lot of things" in life.
"My music encourages people to be strong, to give them hope," McGlasson said. "It's contemporary, but can reach all the ages."
Last month, McGlasson learned her treatment was successful. She is cancer-free following surgery to remove her thyroid.
"This is a God-thing," McGlasson said, of her career. "The message of my music shows hope, love and Jesus.
"I want to bring people hope. To just bring them joy."
If You Go
The morning concert, at 10:45 a.m., is part of the worship service at Welch Baptist Church, Fifth and Curtis Street, in Welch. It will include a variety of music, including some with a patriotic theme.
The second concert takes place at 6:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 434 North First Street in Vinita. It will include a variety of music, including some selections from McGlasson’s newest album.
For more information, persons interested may contact Welch Baptist Church at 918-788-3592 or Calvary Baptist Church at 918-256-3427.
For more information about McGlasson, persons interested may visit www.facebook.com/melindaworship or www.melindaworship.com.