EL PASO, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Multi-platinum selling country music artist Collin Raye had the distinctive honor of opening for Pope Francis in front of 45,000 people at the Two Nations, One Faith event at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso Wednesday, Feb. 17.
A devout Catholic, Raye shared his personal testimony of faith and performed some cuts from his album "His Love Remains" for the crowd at the event, which was telecast worldwide.
Raye, who converted to Catholicism at the age of 23, is a 10-time Male Vocalist Of The Year Award nominee and multiple No. 1 country artist with songs like “Love, Me,” and “In This Life.” Raye performed alongside rising singer Andrea Thomas and the two sang "How Beautiful," before Thomas performed "Ave Maria," sung in the traditional Latin.
Days prior to the worldwide broadcast, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of The El Paso Catholic Diocese said, “We want to demonstrate [through this event] to The Holy Father that our two nations, and our two sister cities, embody ‘Two Nations, One Faith.’ Pope Francis’ visit to this region will be a historic moment for these communities, and give a voice to the often voiceless, especially children and families who are at the center of the critical issues facing the border.” – Staff Writers