Born to Sing
My life story is one of challenges and dreams, of faith and music. I’m so blessed that you’ve chosen to visit me here and spend a little time learning about where I came from, where I am now, and where I am going with future dreams and goals.
Music has filled my life with richness and has blessed me beyond measure. My desire is to share my gifts with you and to encourage, inspire, and impact each person I meet. I truly hope you enjoy your time here. I look forward to seeing you at a future performance and appreciate your support.
May God richly bless you,
the Early Years
Born to sing
Elizabeth Montgomery was born to sing. Early in her life it did not appear that would happen. From birth until age 14 she struggled with a serious lung illness and spent most of her childhood in hospitals. Those illnesses took so much of her breath away that she couldn’t even blow up a balloon. Doctors did not expect her to live. Through the fervent prayers of her family and people in ministry Elizabeth experienced God’s miraculous healing in her lungs. As a young girl she made her first major public performance at the Tulsa State Fair in a talent competition singing the Judy Garland favorite, “Over the Rainbow.” Elizabeth loved singing in front of the large audience and desired to sing again in other venues. During a visit to Knoxville, Tennessee she sang at her uncle’s church with family accompanying her. This is where her ministry began. She suddenly found herself with many new opportunities to sing in local churches and other venues throughout Oklahoma. She recorded her ﬁrst cassette in Tulsa at the age of 12 with a self-titled project and then at 17, another project, “All the Way my Savior Leads Me.”
Molded and Shaped
As a senior in high school Elizabeth (then Dietsche) was honored to represent her home state as Oklahoma Junior Miss in Mobile, Alabama, in America’s Junior Miss Pageant. She has held 11 pageant titles, including Miss Denver and Miss Denver County, runner up for Miss Colorado and Oklahoma in both the Miss America and Miss USA Pageant systems. During these formative years God used these early experiences to prepare her for a lifetime of public performing.
Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in Music and Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver. Her time in Colorado established many contacts in churches and still today remains one of her top touring states for performances.
To date Elizabeth has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Taiwan in over 3000 church and secular events.
Some career highlights include; being selected to sing the national anthem for the Denver Broncos (before 75,000 people), performing for the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma Thunder, the Southern Baptist Pastor Leadership conference in Glorieta, New Mexico, Tennessee Acteens State-wide Convention, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, and the world famous Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, performing original songs.
In 2009 Elizabeth brought her musical ministry to El Salvador, singing before thousands in churches, villages and schools. In 2010 and 2011 her Christmas CD, “Fill Your Heart with Christmas” was played in over 100 secondary country radio markets in the US.
As a music educator Elizabeth taught at Belmont University and David Lipscomb Universities in Nashville, Tennessee. Desiring to give back to her community by sharing her musical knowledge, Elizabeth created performing arts camps and workshops for youth and seniors that launched in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Colorado. She collaborated with many gifted teachers and offered studies in voice, songwriting, and performance.
Elizabeth has enjoyed writing music and has co-written with many established Nashville songwriters for some of her own recording projects. Her children’s recording “Precious Playtime/Darling Dreamland” was primarily a solo writing with one song written by her grandmother Grace Price. Some of the works have been scored for symphony and performed in pops concerts.
To date Elizabeth has recorded a total of 11 projects including Gospel, Christmas, and classic/big band songs. Her latest 3 releases have included working with acclaimed producer/songwriter, Robert White Johnson. “Singing the Sky Blue” included a debut in France with the line dance community, a CCM review, Boulder WW2 Ball, and numerous engagements within church ministries who were delighted by this beautiful classic music. In 2015 Elizabeth made her debut in Branson at the God and Country Theatre receiving a standing ovation for her patriotic music presentation. One of her favorite places to sing is in front of the iconic Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs where she’s performed during the pre-show musical segment twice. Then on Thanksgiving 2016 she sang before thousands at Tulsa’s Utica Square annual event “Lights On.”
Symphonic Shows and Future Projects
In light of the world circumstances many public performances have cancelled and/or will be rescheduled. There is, however, tremendous opportunity to connect with audiences and express music in new and innovative ways, including online concerts and collaborations with other artists. As those online performances are scheduled you will be notified to join Elizabeth in these new endeavors.
She has enjoyed working with vocal students throughout her career, giving private voice training and master classes for all ages of students. Online vocal lessons are currently being offered to give students a consistent weekly lesson by FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype.
On December 20, 2014 Elizabeth made her debut with the Denver Philharmonic under the direction of Lawrence Golan and with the voices of the Colorado Repertory Singers, performing on their concert “Holiday Cheer.” Before a sell out crowd of over a thousand attendees she sang holiday favorites and an original written with her producer, Robert White Johnson. Other orchestra debuts include the Tulsa Praise Orchestra, Bartlesville Symphony, and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra where Elizabeth premiered much of her Christmas symphonic show, “Fill Our Heart with Christmas.”
Elizabeth has appeared with the Kettering Praise Orchestra in Ohio and the Kingwood Pops Orchestra near Houston, Texas. In 2018 she sang at 16th Annual Festival of Lights in Claremore, Oklahoma with the Winterscape Symphony. In 2019/20 she performed a series of concerts with the Nashville Praise Symphony under the direction of Camp Kirkland, a legendary arranger/conductor. The orchestra performs concerts beneﬁtting ministries and charities around Nashville. Some of them include Hope House International, Nashville Rescue Mission and Global Missions Project. Elizabeth oﬀers several symphonic shows including Christmas, classics/love songs, and the most recent titled “Music of Glory.” Beginning with Haydn’s “Creation, “ Bach, and Mozart, this symphonic show encompasses sacred songs that provide the foundation of modern day Gospel music.
With great historical value and cultural diversity, the show evolves into some of the most beloved hymns of our faith in songs with Celtic sounds, traditional spirituals, and a Native American rendition of “Amazing Grace,” performed in the Cherokee language. The ﬁnal section will highlight Elizabeth’s original Gospel songs that represent her career in this genre. With a rousing close, the audience will have an opportunity to participle in a sing-a-long with the symphony, performing many of the favorite hymns of our time.
Elizabeth invites you to come and join her at a future performance. She would love to see you there! For a list of upcoming events, click below.
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