July 8, 2019, Bluffton, S.C. – Town Council members will induct Ms. Pressana Grant into the Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor July 9 at 5: 30 p.m., prior to the Town Council meeting. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Known as “The Bluffton Song Bird,” Pressana Grant graced many audiences with her beautiful voice. A gospel singer who never took a music lesson, the Bluffton native said she had sung in every church on Hilton Head Island and many in Bluffton, South Carolina. A licensed Evangelical minister, she was asked to sing at local concerts, ribbon-cuttings, churches and schools. Her favorite hymns were, “Through it All,” “I Love You Today,” and “Testimony.”
Pressana started her singing career in her home Baptist church choir. Knowing the power of song, she shared her love of voice with students and founded the Hilton Head School Gospel Choir. Many local residents remember her for “her abundance of love she showed others and her beautiful soul.”
She was a singer, a mother, a grandmother and a minister. She was a member of St. James Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island.
In a local article, Pressana explained that her name was supposed to be Patricia. However, her birth certificate read, “Pressana.” Her family never changed it. Pressana said, to her, it meant “Press on, Ana.” She has remembered the special meaning of her name through her health and other life challenges. A single mother of three, who also has four grandchildren, she has said, “her porch is always full.”
She was the featured singer at the Garvin-Garvey House Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting June 22, 2017.
She died five months later, November 1, 2017, in Bluffton. She was 61.
Pressana Grant spirit and song will press on in the Bluffton community as she will be remembered for her angelic voice and a member of the Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor.