WARSAW —If you are a country music fan, you will not want to miss Made In America featuring Wade Hayes, Bryan White and Mark Wills, Friday evening, July 25, at Central Park’s Glover Pavilion, 225 E. Fort Wayne St., Warsaw. The concert is hosted by the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with singer-songwrither Emilee Allan, Nashville, Tenn. Hayes, White and Wills will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The best part. The concert is free. Come early and bring your lawn chair or favorite blanket for the outdoor concert.
You’ve heard their songs: “I Do (Cherish You)” or “Don’t Laugh At Me,” by Mark Willis. Or maybe you’ve heard “I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore,” or “God Gave Me You,” by Bryan White. You can’t forget Wade Hayes’ “On A Good Night,” or “What I Meant To Say.” That is just a sampling of their hits.
County music’s power has always been the ability to reflect real life and few artists have a stronger gift for capturing both heartache and hope than Wade Hayes. Surviving stage IV colon cancer, twice, has given Hayes a unique perspective of the fragility of life and strength of the human spirit. Those lessons are embodied in the songs on the album “Go Live Your Life.”
Hayes was in his early 20s when he started turning out his hits “Old Enough To Know Btter,” “I’m Still Dancing With You,” “On A Good Night,” and “What I Meant To Say.”
White was born in Lawton/Fort Sill, Okla., to a musical family. He learned to play drums while very young and he frequently played with his parents in cover bands. Their bands played all different styles of music, giving him a perspective and helping make him the diverse artist he is today. The day he hard Steve Wariner, at the age of 14, he knew what he wanted to do. Fresh out of high school he packed up with $500 his family gave him and headed to Nashville.
He charted 17 singes on Billboard’s County Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, joined forces with Shania Twain and took “From This Moment On” all the way to number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. He has earned a Gamy, a CMA Horizon Award and an ACM Top Male Vocalist awards. He has co-written songs with Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio and had songs recorded by LeAnn Rimes, Wynona, Joe Diffie and more.
Wills is an award-winning singer’s singer. His music is a vocal work of art that walks right off the canvas and into the hearts of country music lovers. Bringing the Wills’ dimension to some of the greatest songs ever written, he’s not necessarily known for being trendy, hip or even on the cutting edge, but for simply being a great singer.
He is a multi-platinum selling, country music star, with eight top 10 hits to his name including “19 Something,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Don’t Laugh At Me,” all of which received nominations for single, song and video of the year by the Country Music Association. He won the Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998, In 2002 his single “19 Something,” which spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard’s top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009.
Food vendors will be on site. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. There will also be door-prize drawings between bands. You must be present to win.
For more information, visit Warsaw’s city website, “like” them on Facebook, e-mail [email protected] or call the Parks and Recreation Department between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (574) 372-9554.