Collin Raye and special guest Chad Brock will present a country music extravaganza as part of Frostburg State University's Homecoming Weekend celebration. The music begins on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena.
Often described as the man with the most muscular tenor in country music, singer/songwriter Raye is known for his distinctive style blending country rhythms with socially conscious lyrics. This winning combination has earned him ten No. 1 singles and four platinum albums since he began recording solo with Epic Records in 1990. With a hit parade of country classics like "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Little Rock," "I Think About You" and "Couldn't Last a Moment," Raye has established himself as a master vocalist and peerless interpreter of song.
Like many country artists, Raye enjoys singing country "hurtin' tunes." But what sets him apart from the pack is a penchant for depth, whether exploring the intricacies of relationships or expressing his views on a variety of social issues. Raye violates one of contemporary country music's unwritten rules - avoid controversial, depressing subjects - with songs exploring such topics child and spousal abuse, prejudice, drug addiction and alcoholism. His devotion to fatherhood and strong personal faith prompts his involvement in such organizations as Childhelp USA, Catholic Relief Services, Al-Anon, Alateen, Country Cares About Aids and the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
Raye's appearance at this year's Homecoming concert is especially noteworthy because it coincides with the observance of USA Weekend's 2002 Make A Difference Day, a national community service project. A member of the advisory board, Raye was featured on the cover of the Sept. 17-19, 1999, issue of USA Weekend.
"Music can make a difference," Raye says. "What drives me now is what the music means to people. Songs have landed on me that made me realize there's more to this than I thought. It's about entertaining people one minute and healing them the next. It's kinda like a ministry."
Brock, known for such hits as "Yes," "Ordinary Life" and "Lightning Does the Work," will open for Raye.
"I try to get them on their feet," Brock says of his audiences. "If they're just sitting down, why are they there? Why am I there? I try new things to entertain them and make them laugh, make them get their money's worth."
His new album, III, takes him light years beyond his first two powerful releases. The creative evolution between his first and third albums pleases him immensely. "The songs are not so traditional or not so pop - they're right down the middle," he says. "And the whole thing has a lot of emotion in it. This one reflects more of who I am. I found songs that let me show the folks what I can do vocally."
For ticket prices and purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Online ticketing powered by CyberSeats is available at the Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu.
The 2002-2003 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. This Homecoming concert is presented in partnership with the FSU Campus Activities Board and FSU Alumni Association.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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