LaTonya Petrie: gospel singer, school secretary and neighbor

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

LaTonya Petrie, 35, has been writing and recording her own gospel songs for years, but she never felt like anything was good enough to be released.

Meanwhile, she became a mother to 1o-year-old Isaiah, led worship at God’s Creation Worship Center on the Business Loop, worked as the secretary to the principal at Lange Middle School,and studied at Columbia College. She and her family have lived on Oakland Gravel Road for four years.

Now she is ready to focus on her music. Petrie recently wrote and recorded a single, “Because of You,” and has made it available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes under the name Tonya Petrie. She has also submitted her song to be played on WSLR radio out of St. Louis.

Listen to a clip of Petrie talking about what she enjoys most about singing. (0:18)

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