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The seventh- and eighth-graders at Tortolita Middle School were treated to a small concert from Grammy award-winning country singer Bryan White last week. He also spoke about having and persuing a dream – something each child can do.

He has worked with Shania Twain, Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio, LeAnn Rimes, and numerous other country singers, and last week, he stopped by Tortolita Middle School.

Bryan White, who has charted 17 singles on the Billboard’s Country Charts, sang & spoke to the seventh & eighth graders at the school. Though most of the time was spent singing and signing autographs for any student that wanted one, White encouraged the kids to surround themselves with good people, set goals, & reach for their dreams.

“Everything in life is going to be a challenge, but there is something that we all have been given. And that’s a dream,” he said to a student-filled gym. “I still have dreams, too. I still have lots of dreams. And I still think they are going to happen. That’s what’s so great about them – you can believe that they can happen. But, you have to believe that they will happen.”

When White was young and growing up in Oklahoma, he had the dream to become a singer and make records. With $500, which was given to him by his family, he took his first steps toward his dream by moving to Nashville, Tenn. 

“I wanted to prove something to the world. I wanted to write songs to make an impact.”

Together, Shania Twain and White sang “From this Moment on,” which went to number four on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. On his own, White has received a Grammy, a CMA Horizon award and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award.

Tortolita Middle School’s Associate Principal Todd Ponder and White have known each other for the past four years. The two met while Ponder was working as a teacher at Rebecca Boone Elementary in Missouri. The two stayed in touch and as Tortolita Middle School is currently making a push to have stronger male roles in the lives of children, they made this unique experience happen for the students at the school.

White did not charge anything for the event, but the school’s student council paid for his air travel.

White, who doesn’t normally speak to large groups of students about his past, felt that talking to the students was a way to give back to those who helped him along his way growing up.

“I remember there were a couple instances when some people came to my school when I was a kid,” White recalled after performance at the school. “Now that I look back on it, I see what they were doing. It’s so important to bring people who have some sort of story or success to some degree to come in and share a little bit about how they got there and their struggles.”

White is hopeful that the kids were, if even in the slightest, encouraged to be a leader and to strive to make changes not only in their lives, but the lives around them.

“It’s fun being able to be in your platform and do something positive, like today,” White said.

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January 19 – 26, 2014 is the initial sailing of The Country Music Cruise, another amazing program from Entertainment Cruise Productions Holdings, LLC and will be the most exciting and fun way to spend the cold months of January ever. The cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale and will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, Saint Maarten and the private island of Half Moon Cay.
 
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Bryan White concluded his brief stint of 2012 Christmas shows at the Woodstock Opera House on Dec. 29, 2012 presented by Erik Borman. The intimate show was filled with many Bryan White hits, Christmas song favorites and stories of community, family and tradition. Anna Johnson opened the show with a heartwarming performance that set a cheerful tone for the evening.

 

The night marked the fourth Bryan White performance at the Woodstock Opera House in as many years. A seemingly match-made-in-heaven given White's strong affinity for the Bill Murray classic film, "Groundhog Day," that was filmed in the town a couple hours north of Chicago.

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White's set opened with a handful of non-holiday originals before transitioning into songs that fit the Christmas-themed evening. He began with "Sittin' On Go," "Look at Me Now" and "Rebecca Lynn" on a stage that was adorned with snowflakes and a small Peanuts display that included stockings that referenced his sons, Justin and Jackson.

Woodstock has a love for White that is clearly reciprocated by the award-winning singer/songwriter. Shortly into the show White stated, "I have to say this is the show that I greatly anticipate every year. The excitement in just getting on the plane and coming here is awesome...I feel like I'm embraced here, I feel like I'm a transplant."

White dedicated "Love is the Right Place" to the victims of Newtown, Conn. He later added that "songs take on a whole new meaning" around the holidays while being away from one's family before he performed "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

A highlight of the evening occurred when he reminisced about family and said, "When we grow up and become adults sometimes it's really easy for Christmas to sort of lose its luster and we get caught up and buried underneath a lot of cynicism or bitterness here and there...I wrote this song because I wanted to capture the emotion [of family] and I wanted them to sing on it with me too," referring to his sons backing vocals on his holiday original, "Finding Christmas."

Joined by Jimmy Butler (keyboards), Monte Booker (drums), Erik Borman (guitar) and Dan Hogan (bass), the intimate nature of the show felt more like a living room with friends than a ticketed concert. White frequently joked with the audience and told his bandmates to "take five" while he went off on an impromptu instrumental jam session before playing "Christmastime is Here" and the Peanuts classic "Linus and Lucy."

As the evening was drawing to a close, White thanked his grandfather as a prelude to "Dustbowl Dreams" and continued with "So Much for Pretending." Family friend, Erin Borman, gave a reading of the biblical "Christmas Story" and White then finished the show with "Our Savior is Born."

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As we count the blessings of 2012, we are happy to include you at the top of the list!  Thank you for your continued love and support for Bryan and his music. It's been a great year and we are looking forward to 2013!

From Bryan and his entire team, we wish you much happiness, good health, prosperity and very blessed new year!

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