Country music star John Berry is returning to his home state of Georgia to sing for a cause very near and dear to his heart. On Sunday, February 26, Berry will join fellow country stars Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, Cyndi Thomson, and others, for the "South Georgia Strong" tornado relief benefit concert. The event will be held at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. 100% of the proceeds go to those affected by storms that ravaged the area just weeks ago.
"Our hearts are heavy after seeing everything that many of our friends and former neighbors are currently going through and will continue to go through over the days, weeks and months to come. The recent storms destroyed so much in the South Georgia region," says Berry. "In times like this we must hold our heads up and stick our helping hands out."
Between the hours of 3:00 AM and 3:00 PM on January 22, the storms spawned multiple tornadoes across seven South Georgia counties - Daugherty, Worth, Turner, Cook, Berrien, Brooks and Thomas. The results were nearly 20 confirmed deaths, hundreds of homes completely destroyed and over $100 million in damages. Daugherty County (Albany, GA), which was hit the hardest, was already recovering from a tornado that occurred on January 2.
Berry adds, "McAlpin Entertainment, who is hosting the benefit, reached out to me asking if I was available, knowing we used to live there and still have many friends residing in the affected areas, and I immediately accepted without reservation. It's the right thing to do and I am blessed to be able to offer my time in hopes we can ease the burden some." The concert begins at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased online at Freshtix.com. The UGA Conference Center is located at 15 RDC Road in Tifton, Georgia.
About John Berry
Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry has placed 20 singles on the county hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Berry's co-written "A Mind Of Her Own" and "Kiss Me In The Car" introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then, "Your Love Amazes Me," "What's In It For Me" and "You And Only You" thrust him to stardom in 1994. "Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye," "I Think About It All The Time," and "If I Had Any Pride Left At All" were all major hits the following year. "Your Love Amazes Me" earned Berry a 1995 Grammy nomination. Berry took "Change My Mind" into the country music Top 5 in 1996. "She's Taken A Shine" became an even bigger hit in 1997. That same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for "Long Haired Country Boy" with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when "There He Goes" was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline.
For more information on John Berry, visit www.johnberry.com.