Other Performers Confirmed to “Party with A Purpose” Include, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, newcomer David Ray, with a Special Guest Performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Early bird tickets are on sale at www.MusicAndMiracles.com
October 03, 2016 // Franchising.com // AUBURN, Ala. - Concert promoter Basis Entertainment with co-creator Dill Management Group have secured country superstar and five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton to headline the second Music & Miracles Superfest to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Joining Shelton is a long list of stars including multi-platinum singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett, history making chart-topper Kelsea Ballerini and country newcomer David Ray, with a special guest performance from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icons Lynyrd Skynryd. Proceeds to benefit The Chicken Salad Chick Foundation.
“All of us at Basis Entertainment appreciate the mission behind Music & Miracles Superfest and we are excited to bring it to Jordan-Hare stadium for its second year,” says Gary Dewaard, owner of Basis Entertainment. “It was a sold-out show last year, and raised money and awareness for two very important causes. We have an amazing line-up again for 2017 and expect to make more miracles a reality for the Auburn community."
The Music & Miracles Superfest mission is to bring the biggest and brightest stars together to entertain while raising funds for two of the greatest needs. The concert will benefit the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation with proceeds to go towards fighting cancer and feeding the hungry.
Last year’s inaugural concert was the vision of the late Kevin Brown, co-founder with his wife Stacy Brown, of the Auburn-based Chicken Salad Chick restaurant. “Kevin was always at work even during his treatment planning this concert. It became his purpose and his drive right up to the end,” Stacy explained. “It was Kevin’s dream to make history, to make music and to make miracles at Jordan-Hare. Even though he was no longer with us physically when concert happened last April, it was such a magical night we all knew Kevin was still working hard to make it perfect! This time, the goal is the same—to party with a purpose so we can make miracles happen for those in need.”
To purchase tickets and to find out more information about Music & Miracles Superfest visit, www.MusicAndMiracles.com
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. With 17 consecutive #1 singles, Shelton owns the record of successive #1 singles in the modern era, and has a total of 22 #1 singles.
His new album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. If I’m Honest has already yielded the #1 smash single, “Came Here To Forget,” and his new single “She’s Got A Way With Words.” The album features three songs written by Shelton which include the gospel tinged “Savior’s Shadow,” “Friends,” which is also featured in the #1 film, The Angry Birds Movie, and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, including the recent People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist. Shelton just celebrated his 10th season on NBC’s “The Voice” and recently hosted Nickelodeon’s slime-filled Kids’ Choice Awards.
Shelton is the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story. The exhibit explores the life and work of one of country music’s most popular and multi-dimensional artists. He will hit the road in September for his Blake Shelton presented by Gildan tour, which kicks off with a two-night stand in Oklahoma City.
The undeniable success of multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett brings "an ushering in of country's future" (Rolling Stone) after solidifying three back-to-back No. Ones from his PLATINUM certified sophomore album TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.), with the newly minted “T-Shirt,” the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one "Die A Happy Man” and the PLATINUM “Crash And Burn. He has gone "from a promised next big thing to actually being it” (Noisey) after garnering a Billboard Music Award for "Top Country Song” for “Die A Happy Man,” which also nabbed an ACM and ACCA for “Single Record of the Year.” Following six consecutive No. ones and earning instant airplay after its release, Thomas Rhett now delivers the summertime anthem “Vacation.” He remains on the road this year with sold-out headlining dates and as direct support for Jason Aldean’s SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.thomasrhett.com.
Kelsea Ballerini has launched to stardom with releasing three consecutive #1 smashes from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time; the platinum-selling certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and gold-certified hits “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” making her the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The talented singer/songwriter’s credit is featured on all 12 songs on her debut. Abuzz with high-profile media looks, the Black River Entertainment artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones To Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl,” selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and this summer co-hosted alongside Aresenio Hall on ABC’s summer replacement series Greatest Hits. Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” honor at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event, Ballerini continues to gain recognition with scoring her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Award for The Freshest- Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACAA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year. She will vie for two awards at the 50th Annual CMA Awards on November 2—New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Currently on Rascal Flatts’ nationwide RHYTHM & ROOTS Tour, she will embark on her first solo headlining tour—THE FIRST TIME Tour—this fall.
Originally formed as My Backyard in 1964 by Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, and Larry Junstrom, the band changed its’ moniker to the iconic name in the early 1970s, and became a fan favorite in the Jacksonville, FL area. They inked a deal with Sounds of the South Records in 1972, and released their self-titled disc the following year. Selling over two million units since its’ release, the album featured “Free Bird,” which became one of the most important singles of the Southern Rock era. Future hits included “Sweet Home Alabama” and “What’s Your Name.”
The band’s story took a tragic turn in October 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and several of their road crew. The band took a decade-long hiatus before reuniting for a tour and live album, Southern by the Grace of God. Since then, the band has toured and recorded extensively, with their most recent release being Last Of A Dyin’ Breed. The band’s current line-up includes original member Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 2008, Michigan native David Ray learned about Kenny Chesney’s "Next Big Star" competition and entered. He won the competition, and soon found himself opening for Chesney in front of 15,000 music lovers. Following that victory, 99.9 KISS Country staff soon began to book Ray for countless station events, including Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes games. KISS Country also hired Ray to play at the station’s concert venue in Fort Lauderdale, where he shared the stage with artists such as Billy Currington, Travis Tritt and Pat Green. This is where Ray met Jody Stevens, who at the time was part of the band called Fast Ryde. Stevens told Ray to contact him if he ever decided to move to Nashville. Ray made the move to Nashville in 2010 and hit the ground running. He reconnected with Jody Stevens and began working with him in the studio and soon after landed his first publishing deal with Big Deal Music. Now in 2016, Ray is set to release the title track from his debut album Earthquake. He has been out on a radio tour with performances at major festivals across the country. www.davidray.com
The Chicken Salad Chick Foundation was established by Kevin and Stacy Brown in June of 2014. As the founders of the Chick Salad Chick restaurant concept, they knew very early on they would have the opportunity to positively impact many lives. The foundation focuses in two initiatives, fight cancer and feeding the hungry. Music and Miracles Superfest is all about BIG DREAMS, HIGH HOPES, TREMENDOUS IMPACT. www.chickensaladchick.com
Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a “custom fit” chicken salad experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts. Chicken Salad Chick serves southern style chicken salad with heart and strives to spread joy, enrich lives and serve others every day. Today, the brand has more than 60 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 146 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the 2015 March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of FastCasual.com’s top Movers and Shakers and one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands. Chicken Salad Chick also ranked #37 on Inc.'s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.
Iowa-based Basis Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company specializing in all aspects of live performance including live event management, event coordination, talent buying, vendor management and sponsorship development. www.basisent.com.
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Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a "custom-fit" chicken salad experience with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts.