Bryan White returns home in style

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By Rachel Snyder

Longtime country music artist Bryan White played a heartfelt show in his home state Friday night.

White, 40, performed at the Simmons Center as part of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s CTAC Live concert series.

He’s a Lawton/Fort Sill native who grew up in a musical family. Throughout his career, White has had 17 singles on Billboard’s Country charts, six number-one singles, two platinum records and two gold records.

“I love music because it’s blind to color or gender,” he said. “It brings people together.”

White now lives in Nashville, Tennesee, but makes frequent stops in his home state. He took the stage at the Simmons Center last New Year’s Eve and attended the Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt in April.

“It’s always a privilege to come home, I’m glad to be back in Oklahoma,”  he said. “I get calls to come to Oklahoma during the holidays.”

White performed some of his older tunes, music from his new album, “Shine,” and classic Christmas songs.

White performed the upbeat song “Sittin’ On Go,” and the more somber “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” and “So Much for Pretending” from his 1997 album “Between Now and Forever,” as well as the newer “Dustbowl Dreams” inspired by a book about living in the Dustbowl.

“I re-connected with my roots and I’m a product of people who stuck it out,” White said. “I’m an Oklahoman.”

He also performed a Gospel-style tune, “Amen,” from his new album, and Christmas music, including “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and “Our Savior Is Born.”