Ty HerndonThe gap between country and Christian music formats is certainly a narrow one, with the latest crossover project coming from Ty Herndon. The charismatic country singer explores his spiritual side on the new album, 'Journey On,' due for release on June 8.

For Ty, the move toward Christian music is both professional and personal, after publicly weathering much personal turmoil over the years. "Writing this music took me on the journey of my life," says Ty. "There is joy and heartbreak, worship and big love within the walls of this music."

Ty first made his mark in country music with the 1995 single 'What Mattered Most,' which was a No. 1 hit. His debut disc of the same name was a Top 10 album, as well. Then a string of personal and professional problems, including a highly-publicized arrest, divorce, bankruptcy, lawsuits and drug rehab, took their toll on Ty's career, resulting in a halt to touring and radio airplay.

In the years since he's been back on track, Ty has made supporting charities -- including the Make-a-Wish Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital -- a special mission.

His latest project marks a turning point for Ty, who wrote or co-wrote many of the songs on the album. 'When We Fly,' a song he co-wrote, has already netted him a Dove Award as Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year.

"There was so much I wanted to say to fit where I find myself spiritually and emotionally, and I wanted to sing about that," he says. "When I was singing songs that someone else had written, I found that I wasn't in my strongest voice. I am very, very proud of this record and I can't wait to share it with the world."

On Wednesday, June 9, Ty will host a benefit concert for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation at the Nashville Palace. Michael Peterson, Julie Roberts, Anita Cochran, Diana DeGarmo, Amber Hayes and others join Ty for the show which starts at 7:00 PM at the legendary venue.

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