Award-winning country music star bringing talents to civic auditorium

Award-winning country music star bringing talents to civic auditorium
Award-winning country music star bringing talents to civic auditorium | Award-winning country music star bringing talents to civic auditorium
Tennessee has long been known throughout the world for its rich musical heritage; talented musicians from across the nation have traveled to Nashville to begin legendary careers that have earned Music City USA a reputation that is unsurpassed in the pantheon of American Music.
One such talented musician is Billy Dean, whose insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice and masterful instrumental gifts have earned him accolades from many awards, academies and countless devoted fans.
Dean will bring his guitar and perform solo at the Union City Civic Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 21 as part of the Community Concert Asso-ciation of Union City/Obion County 2011-12 concert series. The show was originally slated for April 28, but has been rescheduled, according to organizers. The show is the last for this series.
A native of Quincy, Fla., Dean was raised appreciating the value of music and has a diverse array of musical influences.
After attending college on a basketball scholarship, he moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first Top 5 hit song, “Only Here for a Little While.”
Since then, Dean has transcended genres with his unique repertoire, earning numerous awards, including: The Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” ACM New Male Vocalist of The Year, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Song Awards, BMI Million Air Plays Award, Country Music Television Rising Star Award, NSAI Song of The Year and a Grammy for a country tribute, “Amazing Grace.”
Dean’s appeal reaches beyond the music world. He has appeared on numerous television shows as well as made-for-TV movies, including: “Blue Valley Songbird,” “A Face to Kill For,” “Lois & Clark, “One Life to Live,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Montel Show” and many others.
After 12 albums and 11 Top 10 singles spanning a period of 18 years, Dean has founded the publishing company BDMG (Billy Dean Music Group). He continues to make contributions to the country music world by building brands with music and empowering children, by being a spokesman for Averitt Cares for Kids and Sunkist’s “Take a Stand” program.
His latest album, “Let Them Be Little,” was inspired by those closest to him, his two children, Hannah and Eli, and his wife, Stephanie.
Dean’s illustrious career was recently recognized with a proclamation from the State of Tennessee House of Representatives.
For more information or to become a corporate sponsor of Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, contact Mike Cox at 536-4569 or Chuck Doss at 886-1155 or visit www.communityconcertuc.org. Published in The Messenger 4.12.12

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