RANDY HOUSER TO PERFORM AT MAKE-A-WISH® MIDDLE TENNESSEE’S STARS FOR WISHES EVENT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016 AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND HOTEL
Drake White and The Big Fire, Journey’s Jonathan Cain Also Set to Perform
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 16, 2015) – Country artists Randy Houser and Drake White and The Big Fire will perform at Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s fourth annual Stars for Wishes gala as part of their continued support of the organization and its mission. Houser and White join previously announced performer and event creator Jonathan Cain (Journey). The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, January 16, at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville—with a silent auction beginning at 6:00 p.m.; dinner and entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Culinary prodigy and winner of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX Logan Guleff will be the celebrity chef for the evening.
The Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Young Leaders Board will host the third annual Stars for Wishes Late Party, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The party will feature late night snacks, an open bar and music from the Atlanta Pleasure Band. Late Party admission is included with your gala ticket or can be purchased separately at https://wishes2016.auction-bid.org/purchase-tickets-1.php.
“Each year, I can’t wait to see the entertainment lineup our Stars for Wishes committee comes up with,” said Beth Torres, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Randy Houser and Drake White and The Big Fire are going to bring a great dose of country music that our guests have come to expect year after year, and we’re glad Jonathan Cain, who is the creative mind behind Stars for Wishes, continues to perform at this event. We hope the community will come out and support Stars for Wishes 2016. And, you never know, we may have a few surprise guests up our sleeves.”
Stars for Wishes sponsorship information is available here. Gala and Late Party tickets are on sale now. https://wishes2016.auction-bid.org/purchase-tickets-1.php
Randy Houser has been making waves in country music since he arrived on the scene in the early 2000s—first as a songwriter, then as an artist. In 2008, he released his first full-length album, Anything Goes, which featured the #2 single “Boots On.” In 2012, Houser released the first of three consecutive No. 1 hits, “How Country Feels,” which was followed by “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss.” The latter was Houser’s first No. 1 as a songwriter though he has written numerous hits for artists over the years. “How Country Feels” was his first-ever No. 1 at radio, and both it and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” earned RIAA Platinum certifications. “Like A Cowboy” was a Top 5 smash and earned Houser rave reviews. All four songs are from Houser’s Stoney Creek Records debut, How Country Feels, released in early 2013. Houser’s past contains no shortage of achievement, as it includes multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. His single, “We Went,” is currently making its way up the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
With a rustic, southern sound, Dot Records recording artist Drake White embraces the new multifaceted nature of modern country music. A mix of electric and acoustic guitar, bass & drums laying a thick groove, mandolin and fiddle swirling through the air and organ hovering above it all like the high harmony of a gospel choir. White’s sound is both familiar and modern, building on the successful band model laid down by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band and modern Country trailblazers like Eric Church and Zac Brown Band. Like those groups, White’s been honing his sound on the road for years with his own band, The Big Fire. Named one of Billboard Magazine’s 10 Hot Country Artists to Watch in 2015, White made Rolling Stone’s list of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: Spring 2015. His current single, “Livin’ the Dream,” and his live EP, It Feels Good, are now available on iTunes.
Logan Guleff was the winner of FOX’s MasterChef Junior (hosted by Gordon Ramsay) where his culinary skills and passion for food were tested through a series of challenges. Guleff got his start at the age of eight where he landed a spot on the Today Show after submitting the first recipe he ever created. He was also the winner of First Kids State Dinner for the State of Tennessee, which took him to the White House where he met the First Lady and President Obama. In addition, Guleff is a Tabelog contributing Judge, has been listed as a top Memphis Blogger, and was a 2015 “Shorty Award” finalist for his social media efforts.
Jonathan Cain, who is most well known as keyboardist and songwriter in Journey, is the anchor for the event’s entertainment. During his time with the band, Cain collected many honors and awards including the R.I.A.A. Diamond Award for ten million sales. Since then, Cain has written and performed songs with music icons such as The Baby’s (featuring John Waite), Sammy Hagar, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers, Heart, Conway Twitty, rocker Jimmy Barnes and of course Journey. Cain’s success with Journey helped them sell over 47 million albums and earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Event Hashtag: #Stars4Wishes
About Stars for Wishes: Stars for Wishes was created by Jonathan Cain of the superstar band Journey as a chance for celebrities to show their support for the Middle Tennessee chapter of Make-A-Wish. Stars For Wishes is the primary fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, with last year’s event raising more than $260,000.
About Make-A-Wish®: Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and nearly 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 37 minutes and has granted more than 254,000 wishes in the United States since inception in 1980; 14,247 in 2014 alone. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and was the winner of the prestigious 2015 Infinite Wish Award. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit middletennessee.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
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