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Singer's Career Going "Up-Word"

Pat Gilliland Published: February 19, 1992

Heather Cormack Olive, who since her years as a Carl Albert High School student has captured the spotlight in local theatrical productions and beauty pageants, says she never dreamed her training would lead her to aspirations as a Christian recording artist.

Sure, she sang at church even when she was a "total jock" who preferred sports to the stage plays in which she always seemed to be cast. But about the time the reality of her slim chances as a scholarship athlete set in, the drama bug bit her, offering a new direction for her energy.

She credits Albert drama teacher Charles Tweed with whetting her interest in drama and stage.

A year ago she felt a calling to commit her talent to singing for God. Since then, she and her husband, Oklahoma City police officer Stan Olive, have put together and polished an act called Heather and Up-Word Motion.

They'll move the show from the familiar church atmosphere to a concert hall for the first time Thursday night, performing at 7 in the Little Theater at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 Channing Square.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Stan Olive's part in the team is to handle the sound for performances and manage business aspects of Heather Ministries Inc. Heather Olive, 27, said she feels called to sing music sometimes described as "hip-hop," aimed especially at young audiences. It's high-energy and highly entertaining, she said.

Olive said she and Up-Word Motion - dancers Brina Hampton, Ellen Macaraeg and Stephanie Ballard - share a belief that God gave them their abilities.

Olive said her testimony is "just about walking a consistent life being a Christian. Sometimes that's the worst. It's the kids that have been raised in church and have a good family home which I think sometimes forget just how much God has given us. " Stan Olive often shares the stage during her performances to speak to the young audiences about drugs, gangs and other situations he runs across in his police work.

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