By Kent Larsen
Hatch's Song Sung at National Prayer Breakfast
WASHINGTON, DC -- Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's songwriting has once
again landed in the public eye. The Ref. Wintley Phipps, a two-time
Grammy nominee for gospel singing, sang Hatch's "Heal Our Land" at
the 49th annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.
Phipps is a minister at the Seabrook Seventh-day Adventist Church who
met Hatch when he visited Hatch to talk about the U.S. Dream Academy,
a program that tutors children with parents in prison. By the end of
their meeting, Hatch had given Phipps several CDs, including one that
contained the song Phipps sang.
Like many of those attending the breakfast, Phipps was surprised to
learn that Hatch wrote songs. And he praised "Heal Our Land" as
"appropriate for our times because of the division in our country."
Senator's Song on Breakfast Menu
Washington Post 3Feb01 A2
By Hamil Harris