“WE ALL COME TOGETHER” BENEFIT FOR JOHN BERRY AND MUSIC HEAL May 2, 2019 10:32:13 GMT -6
Post by Scully on May 2, 2019 10:32:13 GMT -6
“WE ALL COME TOGETHER” BENEFIT FOR JOHN BERRY AND MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE WAS FULL OF LOVE, EMOTIONS AND SURPRISES
“We All Come Together" for John Berry and Music Health Alliance has been defined in many ways since the event held on April 23 at City Winery in Nashville, the words “We” and “Together” being the most important. The love and support shown to John Berry and his family was abundant for the sold out show not only by the fans, friends and family who filled the seats, but also everyone behind the scenes, as well as those who appeared on stage, including everyone who made donations and contributions to the event. Financial totals raised are expected to exceed $300K, although final tabulations are not available as of this release.
The benefit surpassed the traditional fundraising concert expectations by the incredible talent on hand who were backed by John’s band throughout the show. Hosted by WSM on-air personalities Chris Kulick, Devon O’Day and Mike Terry, along with Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of the Crook and Chase show, each sharing personal story after story about each artist who took the stage and engaging the audience with anticipation of the next performance.
Surprises and heartfelt special moments personal to John Berry and his wife Robin, as well as their family, were plentiful. John’s original band members, who toured with him at the height of his music career, together with John’s son, Caelan on drums and his wife Robin singing backup, joined his son, Sean, to play “Kiss Me In The Car,” bringing John to his feet, speechless and wiping tears as he tried to express his joy in seeing everyone on stage together.
A first time ever on stage collaboration performance by Trace Adkins, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune and Marty Raybon of “Workin’ On A Building,” had the crowd on their feet in awe. The song was originally recorded in 2012 as part of a fundraising effort to benefit the Mindanao Blessings International Philippines Orphanage Project.
Vince Gill, alone on the stage with just his guitar, delivered a touching performance of “Prove Me Wrong,” a song written by Gill and recorded by John Berry in 1995.
One of the most special moments came during the show when John took to the stage to sing his new single, “The Richest Man,” a heartfelt tribute to his father for teaching him the important things in life are friendships and values, not material things. "I may have written this song about my dad, but if my dad was here tonight, he would say I was the richest man he ever knew," expressed Berry as he introduced the song.
Berry followed this with “There Could Never Be Another Love,” with his wife Robin on stage next to him, sharing with those in attendance that he had 35 treatments for his cancer and she was right beside him for each and every one of them. As the song progressed, audience members brought to the stage, one by one, 35 long stemmed red roses to represent each cancer treatment. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Three unannounced and surprise guests stepped on stage with performances of their iconic songs. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Jim Messina, had the crowd on their feet with his Loggins and Messina hit song, "If Your Momma Don't Dance," and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed their legendary hit songs "Walk Away Joe" and "Friends in Low Places."
The evening ended with a sing-a-long of “We All Come Together,” a song recorded by John Berry and many of the artist’s who appeared throughout the concert to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The original song was written by John Berry and Chuck Jones, but the lyrics were modified to fit this special occasion by Jones who came out and sang front and center along with many of the artists who performed during the event.
"It's so hard to find the words to convey how I feel about the "We All Come Together” Benefit, not only for me, but also for Music Health Alliance. Thank you is not big enough, incredible is not incredible enough and amazing is not amazing enough. In a million years I could not have imagined a night like Tuesday night. The artists, emcees, the photographers, the press, the Berry Lead team, the band, my friends, my family, the folks I met that night; it is almost too much to wrap my mind around. There was an enormous amount of love in the room. I am honored, humbled and grateful for the love shown to me and Robin. It is my hope that in the future as I heal and get back to playing music, that I can pass on that huge amount of love I received Tuesday night to others. Whether it be for folks in the music community, family, friends or fans, I want to give back what has been shown to me,” shares John Berry. “I am so happy that Music Health Alliance is a recipient of all the love shown Tuesday night. MHA has been there for my family for several years, providing answers and assistance for all our health insurance needs."
Artists who generously and graciously gave of their time and talent were revealed by media partner WSM Radio and live-streamed on The Heartland Network on the Cody, Coffee and Country show leading up to the event.
Full Performance Line-Up:
Chris Kulick WSM
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
Jeannie Seely w/ Tim Atwood
Lee Roy Parnell w/Lisa Stewart
Oak Ridge Boys
T. Graham Brown
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About John Berry:
GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary since signing his first record deal and has recently charted at #30 on the Music Row Breakout Charts with the single, “Beautifully Broken,” which is featured in the soundtrack for the upcoming movie of the same name. Berry has placed 20 singles on the country hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a No. 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. In 1996, he scored a GRAMMY win for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. Berry took "Change My Mind" into the country music Top 5 in that same year. "She's Taken A Shine" became an even bigger hit in 1997. The 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. Berry's two most recent albums, What I Love The Most and his holiday album, Christmas, are both available now on his website as well as iTunes and other digital retailers. Berry's TV show, Songs & Stories with John Berry, airs weekly on Heartland Television, The Family Channel, The Country Network, Roku (via Heartland), AMG TV, Country TV (New Zealand), and Keep It Country TV (UK). For more information, visit songsandstories.com. Follow John on his website at www.johnberry.com.
About WSM Radio:
650 AM WSM’s first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925. The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the WSM airwaves since its inception, as well as the 24/7 Americana streaming channel, ROUTE 650. 650 AM WSM is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP). A weekly listing of all WSM Radio programming and online directory for all streaming channels can be found at wsmonline.com.
About Music Health Alliance:
As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 9,700 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $40 Million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. Learn more at MusicHealthAlliance.com. The non-profit’s FREE services, advocacy, education and preventative care initiatives are provided thanks to generous individual and corporate donors. Donations can be made at musichealthalliance.com. Members of the music community can contact Music Health Alliance at 615-200-6896 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about their free services.