470. Stubborn Love – Kathy Troccoli

STUBBORN LOVE (1982)

Kathy Troccoli

Born and raise in Brooklyn and it shows. Despite musically fitting squarely within the safe reaches on CCM for the early 80’s Kathy Troccoli’s brash alto (Baritone?) voice and New Yawk like demeanor was a breath of fresh air. She was instantly a hit as the title track quickly climbed the radio charts and remained a radio staple for many years. The album used more jazz and soul influences than most of CCM for the time and sounded much less “Nashville” than what was normally coming out of Word, Benson and Sparrow.

There were several other hits from the project including Hand in Hand and All I Must Do, but it would be the title track that remained a classic.

If I recall correctly her debut was also the launch of a little label called Reunion that would go on to be one of the three or four most important labels in Christian Music History introducing such artists as Rich Mullins and Michael W. Smith. In fact, the label was created for the sole purpose of releasing Kathy’s debut after several major record companies passed on her.

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Ah…Kethy Triccoli….After Leslie Phillips, back in the day, maybe the second lady of CCM?

  2. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Brian…depends on what circle you are running in. Most would say Amy Grant 1st, maybe Sandy Patti, Twila Paris. Those were the Big Three. Personally I thought Leslie was terrific. But then I also love Kelly Willard’s voice. Margaret Becker too.

    • Jacob
      December 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Well, since we’ve gone on this “best CCM female vocalist of the 1980s” tangent, let’s not forget Michele Pillar. But yeah, this is definitely a classic.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I could never get used to her singing style. Although she does have a handful of hits that I like. If I remember correctly alot of songs off this album were penned by Michael W. Smith.

  4. Liz
    March 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    On the BEST CCM Female rabbit trail…Margaret Becker, Twila Paris ar my faves. But I am currenlty downloading a couple of Kathy T’s songs right now after reading this review!

  5. July 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Wow….. how sad…. all this talk of the “First Lady of CCM” and every one of the commentors failed to mention Shelia Walsh or Debbie Rettino who preceded every single artist mentioned!!!! How sad….. that these two forerunners of the CCM Movement….. would be largely forgotten in a discussion on just that topic.

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