Kathleen Troccoli (born June 24, 1958) is a contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, author, and speaker.
Early life and family
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Troccoli was raised in Islip Terrace, Long Island, New York, where she graduated from East Islip High School. Her father died of colon cancer when she was 15; her mother died of breast cancer in 1991, shortly before the release of her album Pure Attraction and its mainstream chart selection, "Everything Changes".
Troccoli was raised in a Catholic family, which was not particularly religious. As of 1998, she was a practicing Roman Catholic, but currently identifies as a non-denominational Christian. As of 2020, she continues to sing, speak and minister to the Church worldwide.
After graduating from high school, Troccoli studied jazz and opera at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a year, then returned to Long Island to major in voice at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) also singing with a SCCC-based jazz band and later singing in Long Island clubs. In the summer of 1978, while working a "day job" to help cover her college expenses, Troccoli formed a friendship with a born again Christian co-worker; this led to Troccoli herself becoming a devout Christian. Troccoli's alto voice gained prominence when she opened for Ed Nalle's group, GLAD, when the group performed at the Long Island church Troccoli attended in 1980. Approximately six months afterwards, Nalle invited Troccoli to record a demo tape, with his band's backing, and Kathy accepted. After she and GLAD had recorded it, the tape was submitted to Michael Blanton and Dan Harrell (Amy Grant's brother-in-law); these two, as a result of hearing it, formed the Reunion Records label, in Nashville, specifically to record Troccoli, and Kathy herself, in turn, moved to Nashville to reside with Harrell and his family.Troccoli's debut album, the 1982 release Stubborn Love, was reportedly the best-selling debut album by a contemporary Christian music female artist. A second album, Heart and Soul, was released in 1984; it led to her receiving her first Grammy nomination a year later, in 1986, in which year Images followed it. Troccoli then withdrew from her musical career returning to Long Island for a six-year sojourn, giving singing lessons and sang at weddings. In 1989, Troccoli was prominently featured on the selection "I'll Be Your Shelter", a Diane Warren-penned song which Taylor Dayne recorded for her album Can't Fight Fate. "I'll Be Your Shelter" became a Top Ten single in 1990.After her mother's death, Troccoli returned to the Reunion Records label in 1991 for her secular album debut, Pure Attraction, whose lead single, "Everything Changes", Warren had written and composed for Taylor Dayne. Dayne had turned the selection down, however, and Joe Galante, then president of RCA Records, through which Reunion releases were distributed, offered it to Troccoli, who recalled: "He played it, and I knew I could own it. This was something I wanted to say." Peaking at No. 14 on the Hot 100 in Billboard, "Everything Changes" also charted on the magazine's Adult Contemporary chart reaching No. 6. "Help Myself To You" became Troccoli's first No. 1 hit in her ten-year career, and began a string of GMA Music Awards nominations, including numerous attempts at Female Vocalist.
Numerous hit songs came afterwards, including 1994's "My Life is in Your Hands", jointly written and composed with Bill Montvilo, which defined her career and inspired the devotional book of the same title, written in 1997, and 1995's "Go Light Your World", which began the rise of writer Chris Rice and was used for charity efforts that year.
In 1996, Troccoli was featured on the Beach Boys's now out-of-print album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, singing lead vocals on a cover of their 1969 song "I Can Hear Music", itself a cover of a Phil Spector song. The Beach Boys sing on the track as well, providing harmonies and backing vocals.
Over the years, Kathy has appeared on The Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The 700 Club, Entertainment Tonight, among others. She also appeared on Focus on the Family's video for teens, Sex, Lies, & The Truth. She has also been a regular co-host of the TV show "Red Letter Christians" with Tony Campolo. In 2010, she co-hosted a one-hour television program called The Mark and Kathy Show with Mark Lowry, on The Inspiration Network (later called INSP).
1982: Stubborn Love
1984: Heart and Soul
1991: Pure Attraction
1994: Kathy Troccoli
1995: Sounds of Heaven
1997: Love and Mercy
1998: Corner of Eden
1999: Together (with Sandi Patty)
1999: Sentimental Christmas
2000: Love Has a Name
2002: The Heart of Me
2003: Greatest Hits
2004: K.T.'s Groovin' Medleys (kids album)
2005: Draw Me Close: Songs of Worship
2006: The Story of Love
2008: Hope's Alive
2010: Heartsongs (covers album)
2011: Christmas Songs
2012: 30 Years/Songs: The Kathy Troccoli Collection
2013: Worshipsongs: 'Tis So Sweet
2015: Better Days
1983: "Stubborn Love"
1984: "I Belong to You"
1985: "Holy Holy"
1986: "Talk It Out"
1987: "All the World Should Know" (with Glad)
1992: "Love was Never Meant to Die"
1992: "Help Myself to You"
1991: "Everything Changes "
1992: "You've Got A Way "
1994: "Tell Me Where It Hurts"
1994: "If I'm Not in Love "
1994: "Mission of Love "
1994: "My Life Is in Your Hands "
1995: "Never My Love "
1995: "Go Light Your World "
1995: "Love One Another "
1996: "He'll Never Leave Me "
1996: "I Call Him Love "
1996: "A Baby's Prayer"
GMA Dove Awards
1998: Inspirational Recorded Song, "A Baby's Prayer" (Two awards: one as artist, the other as writer, shared with co-writer Scott Brasher)
1999: Inspirational Album of the Year, Corner of Eden
1997: My Life Is in Your Hands
1999: Different Roads
2002: Am I Not Still God?
2002: Hope for a Woman's Heart
2005: A Love That Won't Walk Away
2005: Seven Celebrations for the Soul
2006: Live Like You Mean It: Engaging in a Life of Passion, Romance, and Adventure
With Dee Brestin
2001: Falling in Love with Jesus (hardback Bible study)
2003: The Colors of His Love (hardback Bible study, softcover version titled Living in Love with Jesus)
2004: Forever in Love with Jesus (Bible study)
2019: S.P.A.R.K.S. — to ignite your soul (A Devotional)
Troccoli, Kathy (2002). Am I Not Still God?. Nashville, Tennessee: W Pupblishing Group. ISBN 0-8499-1709-3.