Rockin’ with Spirit 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

7th Annual Rockin’ with Spirit Benefit Concert

Rockin’ with Spirit is Spirit of a Child Foundation’s main fund-raising event each year. It gives us the opportunity to raise important funds while showcasing nationally known and local musicians and performers to the community for an evening of great entertainment and fun. With past performances from Nashville, Tennessee recording artists Marshall Tucker Band, Scooter Brown Band, and Donovan Chapman.

Other bands and artists include Matt O’Ree BandChris Collins, Jeff Shields, The Nick Clemons Band, Michael Miller Band, Sway Jah Vu, Taller Trees, to television personalities such as Tia Torres from Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” the concert is the focal point for our continuing efforts to make a strong impact on the lives of needy families.

Venue: Railroad Square Craft House

Event Schedule: 8/24/2019

Concert: 7:00 pm —11:00 pm.

Doors open at 7:00 pm.

  • Pre-concert VIP sponsorship reception: 6:00 pm–7:00 pm; Railroad Square Craft House – Cash Bar

  • Michael Miller Band:  7:30pm – 9:00pm

  • Intermission:  9:00pm – 9:30pm

  • Bryan White:  9:30pm – 11:00pm

  • Donovan Chapman:  11:00pm – 12:00am

General Admission Tickets $20.00

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Featured Headliner

Bryan White 

Stage time: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

About Bryan White:

“It feels a little bit like a dream.”

That was the first thing said by Bryan White, who is blessed to have experienced life-changing success as a country music superstar in the 1990’s, when asked about what is currently happening on the other side of the world with his career. “God Gave Me You,” a song White originally released back in 1999, has been a massive hit in the Philippines for the past year.

The song caught on in the Philippines in 2011, but became something of a phenomenon last year when Maine Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub, and Alden Richards chose “God Gave Me You” as the theme song for their wildly popular variety show “Eat Bulaga.”

White noticed some international activity on his various social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and then there were “millions upon millions of YouTube views on the song.” Fans had made lyric videos and one in particular has over 33 million views.

Then a friend called to say he was in Manila and heard the song playing on the radio.

The Oklahoma native wasn’t exactly sure about what was unfolding – “your first thought is, ‘seriously?’” – but he recorded a 90-second video message thanking his newfound fan base for their support. It wasn’t until his first trip there in December 2015 that he truly understood the scope of impact “God Gave Me You” was having in the Philippines and other Asian countries.

“It’s just one of those moments where everything lined up,” said White, who described the culture as extremely humble and kind. He suspects the lyrics, which he describes as a message of humility, resonates with the extremely loving culture of the Philippines. “I think it hit people in a way that was very primal.”

He added, “When I stepped off the plane, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real.’ It was an emotional trip for me. I wanted very much to make a good first impression and start building something.”

That something is as big as he’s ever experienced.

White had the honor of performing to thousands at Smart Araneta Coliseum and as many as 5,000 people would show up for autograph signings. Even the hotel staff treated him like royalty. The entire trip was greater than anything he experienced at the height of his success on commercial country radio.

“I think seeing people so emotionally affected with us just being there,” White said, “is when it hit me. I don’t know how these things happen — this kind of phenomena — but it was amazing to see. I remember not being able to go to sleep because I was just so jazzed.”

“God Gave Me You” was originally cut for his album How Lucky I Am.

At the time, label executives wanted to “do something different and shake it up,” so White co-produced six sides himself, while Dan Huff produced the other six. It was a departure of sorts from the producers who had worked on his first three albums. Everyone involved was looking for songs and White was also writing material when his longtime friend and collaborator James Dean Hicks brought in “God Gave Me You.”

Much like White, “God Gave Me You” was a contemporary song, “especially for what was going on in country music in the late 90s,” but wouldn’t be today. Nearly two decades later, White can still hear a lot of passion and soul in the original track, but it’s the lyrics that have held up to the test of time.

“That’s how it’s supposed to happen,” Steve Wariner told White. “Songs became hits in the 70s because the people – they loved it – and it made an impact.”

White’s prolific recording career began in 1994 with the release of his self-titled certified-Platinum debut followed by back-to-back platinum selling albums Between Now and Forever (1996) and The Right Place (1997). He released six No. 1 singles – “So Much for Pretending,” “Sittin’ on Go,” “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” “Rebecca Lynn,” “Someone Else’s Star” and “From This Moment On,” which he recorded with Shania Twain – along with eight more Top 40 singles.

His list of honors include a Grammy, recognition from the Country Music Association (1996 Horizon Award winner) and Academy of Country Music (1996 New Male Vocalist winner) plus five CMT Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards and TNN/Music City News Awards. In 1998, White was voted one of People magazines “50 Most Beautiful People.”

His songwriting credits include cuts with Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes and Joe Diffie, while Sawyer Brown (“I Don’t Believe in Goodbye”) and Diamond Rio (“Imagine That”) both reached No. 3 on the charts with songs penned by White.

Whether he’s on stage at the Opry or somewhere in Asia, White has secured a spot in the musical landscape of country music. He’s always been known as a singer and a songwriter – namely grooves and melodies – and now he’s also regarded for his work producing other artists in the studio. Since first making his way to Nashville, White has grown and matured as an artist.

White is fortunate to have established a legacy thanks to the U.S. fans who initially supported him.

Now his newfound success in the Philippines has taught the married father of two to never hesitate when it comes to writing and recording music with broader brush strokes. He recently returned to Manila to celebrate the one-year anniversary of #AlDub – the affectionate nickname for the love affair of Alden and Yaya Dub – and is finishing up work on an EP he said is inspired by his success in the Philippines. The release will feature an acoustic version of “God Gave Me You” along with a pair of new tracks – “Never Get Around to It” and “Finally Home” – and might include an additional live bonus track.

“I never would have foreseen this,” White said. “I had this experience early in my career, and didn’t think it could happen again. It’s infused me with a renewed sense of energy and gratefulness and it’s made me want to write more.”

He added, “It’s a blessing knowing your music has traveled so far and is still taking me places.”

Featured Performer

Michael Miller Band 

Stage Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Michael Miller was born in Paducah, Kentucky and went to school in Knoxville, Tennessee so country music has been a passion of mine for a long time. “The Michael Miller Band” was formed from of group of Christian friends from my home church in Tallahassee, Florida where I attended graduate school. Since its inception, MMB has been performing live shows and country music festivals across the southeast. Some of those performances include; The Suwannee River Jam, CMA Music Fest, Georgia State Fair, Bainbridge River Town Days, South Shore Music Festival, and Country in the Pines. The band’s first EP in 2014 was recorded with Jason Wyatt Productions in Nashville, TN. We love to share the “MMB Sound” with country music fans and provide high quality musicianship; while all along setting a positive example in our personal lives and artistry. The journey continues; please join us on our path.

VIP Pre-concert Sponsorship Reception Performers

Boo Radley

Stage Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Peter Cooper, Music Editor of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, has this to say about Boo Radley’s original music: “’Boo Radley’ is something special. I really enjoy this music and want to hear much more. It’s really, really good.”

Boo Radley’s original songs highlight the songwriting skills, sophisticated harmonies and guitar work, and true passions of the acoustic duo, comprised of Michael Shawn Turner and Patricia Matson-Turner. The two have been in the music business for decades. At the close of the ‘90’s, Michael achieved stardom in Manila, Philippines, in a band called Battery. Gracing a desk in Michael and Patty’s living room is a Nu107 Rock Award 2000 that Michael received as “Guitarist of the Year, Michael Turner of Battery.” For many years, Patty performed in the Mid-Atlantic Region as the lead singer of various rock and variety cover bands.

The two met in Tallahassee, Florida, and became fast friends. Michael asked Patty to help write a song he had been commissioned to write, and in one afternoon they came up with what is now the title track of their first commercial EP, “More than Meets the Eye”… (not for a minute did either of them foresee even performing the song, much less making it the title track of a Nashville-recorded EP!)

The recording took place in December 2016 at the iconic Treasure Isle Recorders, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. Owned by Fred Vail, legendary manager of The Beach Boys, Treasure Isle has been the recording base of such industry giants as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Jason Aldean, to name just a few. At the engineering helm of Boo’s EP was Peter Coleman, yet another industry giant.

The EP is being enthusiastically received by music industry executives, radio and print personnel, as well as everyday listeners.

“After Party” Post-Concert Performer

Donovan Chapman

Stage Time: 11:00pm – Midnight

Experiencing a Donovan Chapman performance is like that blast of adrenaline that hits when the roller coaster whips out of the loading zone, except the ride never subsides. Now Chapman is continuing the ride with a new EP featuring all new recordings he just completed in Nashville, Tennessee called Another Try. Chapman has always put his heart and soul into his music and it shows in the new songs, to name just a few, “Brotherhood”, “I’ll Take the Fall” and “Another Try”.

To his credits, Chapman has recorded studio albums for Curb Records and Category 5 Records and charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He peaked with the No. 42 “House Like That” in late 2006 – early 2007.

Chapman’s career has been a winding road. His mother exposed him to music from her native Hawaii at an early age and he soon learned to play the ukulele. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. His 11 years in the military included six in Pararescue. During his leave time, he met Mike Curb, head of the Curb Records label, and was soon a signed artist.

Chapman released his first single, “There Is No War,” in 2003. He dedicated the single to families of American soldiers who had died overseas. Chapman recorded two albums for
Curb Records shortly after receiving a honorable discharge in Afghanistan from the United States Air Force. He has also released a self-titled EP, followed by his first full album, I Am America.

In 2007, Chapman signed his second record deal with Category 5 Records. He released his first single for Category 5, “House Like That” with producer Billy Joe Walker, Jr., in late 2007. Chapman released a second single, “All I Need,” in 2008, shortly before terminating his relationship with Category 5 Records.

 

Sponsorship Levels & Meet N’Greets

– Gold: $1,500:

• Pre-event promotion and event signage (social, news and media outlets)
• Logo on select promotional material, including, but not limited to — Promotional Posters (minimum of 20)
• Logo hyperlinked to sponsor website on Spirit of a Child Foundation website
• Meet N’ Greet with Bryan White. (6:15 pm – 6:45 pm)
• Six 1-hour VIP pre-concert reception invitations includes admittance to concert.
— From 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm — Railroad Square Craft House featuring Boo Radley – Cash Bar
• Verbal “thank you” at event by emcee

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 – Silver: $500.00:

• Table tent event signage
• Logo hyperlinked to sponsor website on Spirit of a Child Foundation website
• (4) – 1-hour VIP pre-concert reception invitations includes admittance to concert
— From 6:00pm – 7:00 pm — Railroad Square Craft House – Cash Bar

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– Bronze: $250.00:

• Logo hyperlinked to sponsor website on Spirit of a Child Foundation website
• (2) – 1-hour VIP pre-concert reception invitations includes admittance to concert
— From 6:00pm – 7:00pm — Railroad Square Craft House – Cash Bar

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– Meet N’ Greet (Individual): $50.00

– Meet N’ Greet with Bryan White (6:15pm – 6:45pm); includes admittance to concert.

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Thank you for your support and we look forward to
rockin’ the spirit with you on August 24th!