Craig Morgan

Morgan and friends to ‘Deliver the Dream’ at The Renaissance Center

Release Date: 10/31/2001. Expired: 11/15/2001

For country music star Craig Morgan, it’s all about delivering the dream, and he’s called on some very special friends to help share in the experience, including The Renaissance Center.

Morgan and his Celebrity Event for Deliver the Dream benefit show will take the Performance Hall stage Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the show will go to Deliver the Dream at Laurel Falls.

Morgan headlines the show and brings with him country music legends John Conlee, “Whispering” Bill Anderson and Jan Howard, all from the Grand Ole Opry; Palo Alto recording artist Shelley Laine; 10-time, Grammy-nominated spoken word Dualtone recording artist Minton Sparks; and singer Shane Minor.

Deliver the Dream is a non-profit, 200-acre mountain retreat and enrichment center in Brevard, N.C. set to open in the spring of 2003. The retreat will provide unique development experiences and support for children and families in crisis and individuals in need, Morgan said.

“If we were finished with this organization right now, families from New York City would be staying there,” Morgan said, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. “There’s going to be 34 cabins, a main center, a recreation center and it’s fully staffed and free to the families.”

Morgan, Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn are the celebrity spokespersons for the project. Morgan is also a member of the Good Will Ambassador Committee.

Morgan said he chose The Renaissance Center to host the event because of its acoustics and the intimacy of the Performance Hall.

In addition, a video of the performance will be taped at the center for distribution. Morgan said previous experience with the center convinced him it was the perfect place to hold the benefit. He said the technical capabilities and the creative expertise of the technical staff are ideal.

“We don’t have a theatre that we can get with this quality in Nashville,” he said. “They shot a video of something I just did and is fixing to be a new single called ‘God, Country and Family’ and they only took a couple of days to get it done. When we took it into town everybody just flipped out over it. When we took it to the Opry they showed it on the big screen behind me while I was singing the song. The facility is second to none as far as their video is concerned.”

Steve Hall, director of Multimedia for The Renaissance Center, said he is excited about the opportunity to work with Morgan on this special project.

“Craig is not only a friend to The Renaissance Center, he’s a friend to Dickson,” Hall said. “He’s a good man, a committed man, he’s a man who has committed himself to a strong spiritual life and family. When I hear the song, ‘God, Family and Country’ there’s no one I can imagine more appropriate to sing it than Craig Morgan.”

Hall noted the song will probably sweep the country, not only because of the tragedy of Sept. 11, but because it reflects those values that are tried and true.

“It’s a song that has deep meaning for anyone who is an American,” he said.

Tickets for the benefit show are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets call (615)740-5600. For those unable to attend the concert in person, there's the luxury of an internet webcast. Just go to www.acousticboxoffice.com to sign up.