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Nashville artist with Osakis roots to perform concert

This is a cover of Fred Walter's CD, "Get Ready for a Revival." He's recorded four albums. (Contributed)

Fred Walter — a Nashville recording artist who grew up in Osakis — will perform a free Southern Gospel Revival Concert in Alexandria this Saturday, April 7.

It will take place at the Andria Theater, 618 Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

Walter will perform songs from all three of his CDs, along with his newest release — "How Sweet the Sound" that includes three original songs. The CD was released March 26.

There will also be a special musical performance by Walter's daughters, Jessica and Grace, from the album, "Get Ready."

Walter grew up in Osakis, went to school in Villard and he was surrounded by music at every turn.

His parents enjoyed southern gospel music and took him to a few concerts when he was a young boy, including one by the Blackwood Brothers, fueling his love for the genre.

Over the years, Walter has sung in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, weddings, funerals and churches, including his home church of New Life Christian Church in Alexandria.

"Southern gospel is like a story. There's a message in every song," Walter said. "It has more of a country sound. Some call it country gospel. Some just call it good old gospel."

For more information about Walter's CD and performances, call 320-808-5209 or email or see his Facebook page,

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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