Nashville Star has hosted several of their Nashville's Star Benefit Concerts in previous years all across the country and benefiting organizations such as American Cancer Society (2003) The American Red Cross (in 2004, 2005), St. Jude's Children's Hospital (2004). This year was no exception with their Nashville Star Hometown Benefit Concert benefiting State Farm's Children's Safety, which helps to ensure that all parents not only have a child restraint seat in their cars but also holds classes and sessions on how to install the seats correctly.
We attended the Nashville Star hometown Benefit Concert in Nashville featuring Nashville star contestant Chris Young. The concert was held at one of the best suited venues in town, the infamous Nashville Palace, a place with a long history of music hopefuls having crossed it's doorway in hopes of reaching Country Music Stardom. One of the most famous of them being Randy Travis who is quite coincidentally a baritone just like Chris Young.
Even with the venues most recent move, one can feel and see the history of the music within its walls. When you enter into the Nashville Palace and listen on the right night you can even overhear some of it's glorious history and telling of tales from some of the old-timers talking of years gone by sitting at a nearby table.
Yes this venue was a perfect choice to have a Nashville Star Hometown Benefit Concert with the new hopefuls coming in and blending with a part of Country Music History in hopes of bringing in a new generation of Country Music Superstars. What a wonderful thing to be able to watch happen right before your eyes…
After arriving we soon realized that the beauty of the night was not going to be in reporting on what songs where on the play list, how well the artist performed, or even what celebrities showed, but solely in watching the magnanimous Chris Young as he connected with those around him.
This is nothing new to us as we have been following this young man for several years watching from the sidelines as he has grown from a teenager with dreams and hopes into a man with a purpose and focus that many men years older than he have yet to and may never attain.
Chris Young is no primadonna, one hit wonder type, quit the contrary we have found him to be very intelligent, sincere, and caring with a true and honest love for music.
Making music seems to be the guiding light of his life whether it be in front of thousands or just a few -Chris seems to thrive off of the enjoyment his voice brings to others.
All of this transcends to his fans and this enjoyment is most apparent when watching him with his fans during his meet and greet and throughout the evening. He knows them all either by name or face and when I say he knows them all…he really does and if there's a new fan in the crowd he will do his best to welcome and get to know them. This is not a practice for Chris Young, it is in fact a normal year-round lifestyle that can been seen at any number of his appearances including Nashville Star, Billy Blocks Western Beat, El Chico's, Borders, Cowboy Arlingtons and CMAfest.
In recent years, this practice is an almost unheard of, even with many independent artists; in fact it's been a real rarity for at least a decade. I haven't seen such a personal connection between performers and their fans since, ironically, The Judd's farewell tour. This quality along with such a great baritone voice is truly a blessing to any genre.
When talking with other musicians and songwriters we found that one can also assimilate Chris's name with the words integrity, graciousness, a team player and even humorous. Although he has yet to turn 21 he has the intelligence to always accept others knowledge and help, but most importantly to give credit and share the limelight to all of those whom he comes in contact with.
It's no wonder this young fellow has attracted such a large following of fans and respect of his fellow musicians, with a beautiful rich baritone voice along with his other many assets this is a sure sign of one who will be ushered into Country Music Stardom…but the funny thing is that I get the distinct impression that Chris will be singing and performing throughout his lifetime regardless.
Oops, I almost forgot about the Nashville Star Hometown Benefit Concert - well it was standing room only, lively, and a ton of just plain ole Nashville music and fun
Highlights of the night included a signed guitar auctioning off somewhere in the neighborhood of $1400, line-dancing throughout the night, seeing an awesome Nudie Suit worn by one of the guests and watching Chris Young signing autographs until he was sure that every fan had one.
Go to page two to get more information on all of the Nashville Star Benefit Concerts, View our Nashville Concert Photo Gallery and Read what others had to say about Chris Young.