- Singer has built career around
- Author: David Steinberg Journal
- Section: Arts & Culture
- Albuquerque Journal (NM)
- March 16, 2003
- 'Family' sweeps into town
for Hiland performance
- The sound of "a-one,
a-two" ended when bandleader Lawrence Welk died in 1992,
but his popular show lives on.
- "The Lawrence Welk Show"
and its easy-listening music your grandmother liked debuted on
network television in 1955. It remains a weekly mainstay on PBS.
- And the show is also presented
live at the Champagne Theatre in Branson, Mo., and on national
tours. The show, which has a 10-piece band and an accordion player,
will be presented Monday at the Hiland Theater.
- One of the performers in
the show is Ralna English, who has been part of the Welk "family"
of singers, dancers and musicians since 1969.
- "Most poeple in show
business have not had the career that I've had the consistency
of singing for a certain group of people who appreciate what
we sing," English said from Utah.
- Her solo numbers in the show
include "I'll Be Seeing You," "Tangerine,"
"Green Eyes," "Strike Up the Band" and her
signature song, "How Great Thou Art."
- English does about 125 performances
on tour with the show and also performs with the show in Branson
for part of the year.
- English is a native of Spur,
Texas, just west of Lubbock. In her early singing career she
recorded with Waylon Jennings in a Clovis studio. "I'm on
one of his records," she said.
- Since then, English has performed
on USO tours, with Frank Sinatra Jr. and his band and she was
an opening act for Don Rickles in Las Vegas, Nev.
- English has recorded a number
of her own albums, which included "Always," "Amazing
Grace," and her newest one, "My God, My Country,"
a collection of spirituals and patriotic songs.
- If you go
- WHAT: "The Lawrence
- WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, March
- WHERE: Hiland Theater, 4808
- HOW MUCH: $39.50 at the Hiland
box office or at tickets.com outlets. Or call 262-9301 or 851-5050
- PHOTO: b/w
- CHAMPAGNE MUSIC: Ralna English
has been part of the Lawrence Welk "family" since 1969.