Debby Boone brings Christmas show to MSU Riley Center stage

Debby Boone

In 1977, Debby Boone earned instant fame when “You Light Up My Life” became one of the biggest songs in history, charting No. 1 on Billboard for 10 straight weeks and selling in excess of four million albums.

Now a popular contemporary Christian music singer, Boone will light up the historic MSU Riley Center stage in downtown Meridian on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a Christmas show sure to please audiences of all ages.

The single “You Light Up My Life” brought Boone a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1977, and in 2008 the song was ranked No. 7 in Billboard’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Top-Charting Songs. In addition to seven more Grammy nominations, she has won two more Grammys in the Christian and Inspirational categories.

In addition to her recording career, Boone has appeared a number of times on the stage in New York, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982), Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary production of "The Sound of Music" (1989), and in the part of Rizzo in the long-running revival of "Grease" (1996). She recently released her 13th studio album, a take on the songs and experience of the Las Vegas of the 1960s titled "Swing This."

Tickets are $43 and $37 at the MSU Riley Center box office, which is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

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