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Benefit for John Berry News

Cory Winery Nashville, April 23rd

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“WE ALL COME TOGETHER” FOR JOHN BERRY AND MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES TEXT-TO-DONATE AND ONLINE AUCTION FOR BENEFIT

Emcee’s Announced For Concert

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2019) --  “We All Come Together" for John Berry and Music Health Alliance has announced two additional options to support the benefit concert on April 23rd. Contributions to the benefit can be made by texting the word DONATEto 678-666-5269 and following a URL link in the response. An online auction will go live on Thursday, April 18 at 9 AM CDT with new auction items added through the day of the benefit concert and once live can be viewed accelevents.com/e/JBMHA.

WSM Radio on-air personalities Chris KulickDevon O’Day and Mike Terryalong with Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of the Crook and Chase show will emcee the benefit concert.

The benefit concert scheduled for April 23 at City Winery has been organized to raise money to offset the medical expenses not covered by insurance for John Berry, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in January. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Music Health Alliance to fund assistance to others in the music community. Tickets can be purchased here.

"I am truly honored and humbled that so many of the Nashville music community have committed their time and talent to this event to help me and Music Health Alliance,” shared John Berry. “I am looking forward to personally thanking each one of them the night of April 23. I hope that I am able to maintain my composure and not be teary eyed the entire evening."

Artists who have stepped up to perform were revealed by media partner WSM Radio and live-streamed on The Heartland Networkon the Cody, Coffee and Countryshow.

Full Performance Line-Up:
Anita Cochran
Bryan White
Chris Kulick WSM
Chuck Jones
Clint Black
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Darryl Worley
Exile
Heidi Newfield
James Wesley
Jeannie Seely w/ Tim Atwood
Jimmy Fortune
Lee Roy Parnell w/Lisa Stewart
Mark Wills
Mike Farris
Oak Ridge Boys
Radney Foster
Sean Berry
Shenandoah
Suzy Bogguss
T. Graham Brown
Tim Rushlow
Trace Adkins
Tracy Lawrence
Travis Tritt
Vince Gill

Stay current with John Berry on social media platforms Facebook, Twitterand Instagram  Music is available for streaming on Spotify ,Apple Music and Google Play download on Amazon Music and iTunes. Watch video content on YouTube.

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, visitsongsandstories.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 24/7Americana 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 Alliancefights 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 info@musichealthalliance.com to learn more about their free services.

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Chuck backstage with Vince Gill at the recent John Berry Benefit Concert at City Winery in Nashville!

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Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks were surprise guests at the benefit concert "We All Come Together" for John Berry and Music Health Alliance Tuesday night.

Trisha Yearwood remembers going to watch fellow Georgia native John Berry perform before either of them left the Peach State for Music City or charted a hit country song. Travis Tritt was part of the same Georgia music scene in the ‘80s and said that he and Berry took turns going to watch each other play.

Tuesday night Yearwood and Tritt, along with more than 20 additional country singers, came out again to support Berry, this time to lift him up in his time of need. Berry, who has had hit songs including "Your Love Amazes Me" and "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in January. Held at City Winery, a benefit dubbed "We All Come Together" for John Berry and Music Health Alliance raised more than $300,000 to help cover Berry's medical bills. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Music Health Alliance.

"We're Georgia kids, so he's one of ours," Yearwood said. "He's got an angelic voice, so it's cruel irony for him to be going through what he's going through. But, he's got such a great spirit. It's like a family. You want to come out and say, ‘I'm here for you. That's really what this is about."

Other artists on the bill included: cancer survivor Anita Cochran; Bryan White; Chuck Jones; Clint Black; Darryl Worley; Exile; Heidi Newfield; Jeannie Seely; Jimmy Fortune; Lee Roy Parnell with Lisa Stewart; Mark Wills; Oak Ridge Boys; Radney Foster; Berry's son Sean Berry; Shenandoah; Suzy Bogguss; T. Graham Brown; Tim Rushlow; Trace Adkins; Tracy Lawrence and Vince Gill. Yearwood and her husband Garth Brooks were surprise guests that thrilled the sold-out crowd with her perennial favorite "Walk Away Joe" and Brooks' signature

With get well cards for guests to sign placed on the tables, and Berry seated front and center in the audience to welcome his fellow singers as they took the stage, the night felt like a supportive homecoming for old friends.

Darryl Worley, who performed "Second Wind," told Berry that he knew the singer had been the recipient of a lot of prayers and was thrilled they were working. Graham delivered his "Hell and High Water," Foster performed his hit "Nobody Wins" and the Oak Ridge Boys got fans singing along with "Elvira."

"We had just read in the last couple of months about John facing cancer," said Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall. "If you've got a brother down, everybody gathers together for the brother. It's as plain as that. It goes back to Christian values. Let's stand up and pray for him, sing for him. Let's hope he beats this thing."

As singers cycled through their performances for the audience, backstage many of the artists used the opportunity to catch up with old friends. Tritt said there were people there he hadn't seen in 20 years. The "Anymore" singer also remembers a time when Berry was there for him in his time of need. In the early ‘90s, Tritt was unexpectedly hospitalized for exhaustion during Fan Fair, which made it impossible for him to play a scheduled concert for hundreds of his fan club members. Instead of canceling the show, Tritt said Berry along with Tanya Tucker and Parnell stepped in and played his fan club party.

Berry, who endured surgery and 35 rounds of chemotherapy, is waiting to find out if the treatment worked. He took the stage near the end of the show to pay tribute to his wife Robin for pushing him forward during the illness.

"I couldn't have done this without the love of this woman," he said as Robin stood beside him.

As Berry performed "There Could Never Be Another Love" for his wife, 35 audience members lined up to present Robin with 35 roses, one for each chemotherapy treatment she endured with him.

"I know you came with open hearts and I hope you had the time of your life," Berry told fans.

The show ended with a group performance including Berry, Gill, Tritt, Parnell, Chuck Jones, and more on his song, cowritten with Jones, "All Come Together."

 

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Can't wait to share the stage with my good friend, John Kilzer, in Memphis on Sunday, March 12, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Neil's Music Room, 5727 Quince Rd, Memphis, TN 38119! We'll be doing the show together, trading songs and telling tall tales;) Be sure to reserve your table!

Hey Key Westers! The whole fam will be in KW next week for Spring Break! Savannah and I will be performing some at Smokin' Tuna Saloon. I'm sittin' in w guitar guru, Carl Waggoner, at 9 pm on Sat., Mar. 18 & Mon., Mar. 20! On Sun., Mar. 19, I'm playing from 5-8:30 w Savannah Jones as special guest.

Hey Key Westers! The whole fam will be in KW next week for Spring Break! Savannah and I will be performing some at Smokin' Tuna Saloon. I'm sittin' in w guitar guru, Carl Waggoner, at 9 pm on Sat., Mar. 18 & Mon., Mar. 20! On Sun., Mar. 19, I'm playing from 5-8:30 w Savannah Jones as special guest.

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