‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 1, 2009

In the 1985 movie The Trip to Bountiful, someone with a most clear and beautiful voice sings "Softly and Tenderly." Who is it?
—Lee Dennis, Clanton, Ala.

The voice belongs to Grammy and Dove Award-winning gospel vocalist Cynthia Clawson, and the song is available on her album Immortal. After J.A.C. Redford, who was scoring the film, heard her perform the hymn at a concert, he invited her to sing it for the 1985 movie. Clawson continues to perform, and she and husband Ragan Courtney are co-pastors of The Sanctuary, a house of worship in Austin, Texas.