Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan hosts concert to benefit Hunters for the Hungry

Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins, John Conlee to perform

Release Date: 12/21/2004. Expired: 1/20/2005

Country music stars Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins and John Conlee will take the stage of The Renaissance Center in Dickson Jan. 20 for Craig Morgan’s Celebrity Event, a concert benefiting the Hunters for the Hungry program.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25 and tickets for the concert and a pre-show reception with the artists are $50. The center’s award-winning Multimedia Department will videotape the concert for possible television broadcast. The reception will be 6-7 p.m. and a silent auction will be held as well.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Hunters for the Hungry, a cooperative program of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (formerly the Tennessee Conservation League) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Through the program hunters and meat processors fight hunger by providing properly prepared venison to food banks and soup kitchens across Tennessee.

Blake Shelton

Since 1998, Hunters for the Hungry has donated more than 150,000 pounds of venison that has helped provide more than 500,000 meals to the hungry in the state. Donated venison provides hungry families a high-protein, low-fat supplement vital to a healthy diet, according to the TCL.

The latest available statistics show that more than 11 percent of Tennessee’s children and 19 percent of the state’s elderly population go to bed hungry each night. Through Hunters for the Hungry and participating meat processors, hunting enthusiasts can donate packages of processed venison or an entire deer to help combat hunger.

In addition to seeing the concert, everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a one-year membership to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, a $30 value.

“The reason that I chose to be involved with this organization is because I enjoy the outdoors immensely,” said Morgan, who serves as the spokesman for the program in a series of radio and television announcements. “Hunters for the Hungry affords me the opportunity to assist in the management of wildlife, while at the same time provide food for the hungry.”

Rhett Akins

A Dickson County resident, Morgan left a 10-year military career behind to chase his dream of writing and performing country music. His song Almost Home, from his second album I Love It, won the Song of the Year honor from the Music Row Awards. Morgan’s newest single, That’s What I Love About Sunday, has been climbing the charts.

The Broken Bow Records artist recently donated $10,000 in new musical instruments to Vanleer Elementary School, where his son is a student, and last year performed at The Renaissance Center as part of a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Dickson County.

Blake Shelton’s Barn and Grill, the latest album from the Warner Brothers recording artist, hit number three on Billboard’s country music charts and the single Some Beach cracked the top five in mid-December.

The Oklahoma native came to Nashville in 1993 and his debut single, Austin, topped the country charts in July 2001. His self-titled album was certified gold in 2002 after more than 70 weeks in Billboard’s country top 40. Shelton’s second album, The Dreamer, produced the number-one hit The Baby. Blake Shelton’s Barn and Grill was released in October with Some Beach the first single off the new album.

Georgia native Akins pursued his music dream to Nashville in 1992, eventually landing a recording contract with Decca Records. A Thousand Memories, his 1995 debut album, produced his first number one single, That Ain’t My Truck. He scored his second chart-topper, Don’t Get Me Started, with his follow-up album, Somebody New.

Akins’ latest album, Friday Night in Dixie, includes the title cut co-written with Charlie Daniels, as well as a back-porch acoustic version of That Ain’t My Truck.

John Conlee

Conlee scored his first hit in 1976 with The Back Side of Thirty, but is best known for the country classic Rose Colored Glasses, released in 1978. The album of the same name was nominated for Country Music Association Album of the Year in 1979, the same year Conlee won the Academy of Country Music award for Best New Male Artist.

Conlee followed that with a string of hits, including Busted (1982) and Common Man (1983), among others. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981, Conlee has twice received CMA nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and his latest album, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, released in 2004, contains 15 gospel favorites.

The Jan. 20 concert at The Renaissance Center will feature all four artists performing together and individually.

“Here is a chance to see four top country music singers performing in-the-round style, both individually and as a group,” said Steve Hall, senior director of The Renaissance Center’s Multimedia Department. “The concert will help to support Hunters for the Hungry and promote wildlife management by raising awareness about the project and hopefully encouraging more hunters to participate.”

For more information on Craig Morgan’s Celebrity Event benefiting Hunters for the Hungry featuring Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins and John Conlee, call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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