Kentucky Singers plan tornado benefit | State News

Steven Curtis Chapman, a five-time Grammy Award-winning Christian contemporary musician who grew up in Mayfield and Paducah, knew he had to do something to help people who lost their homes and belongings to December’s tornadoes. .

Chapman has connected with other Kentucky musicians and is attending a benefit concert at Heartland Church in Paducah next weekend.

Chapman will join 15-time Grammy Award-winning country and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, as well as other Kentucky musicians like Jason Crabb and Larry Stewart to perform at the Kentucky Tornado Relief Benefit Concert on February 20 at Heartland Church. . All proceeds will go to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides relief in disaster areas and sent thousands of volunteers to help survivors of the Mayfield, Bowling Green and Dawson Springs tornadoes.

Chapman said he spent much of his childhood in Mayfield, where his father, Herb, opened his first music store before eventually opening Chapman Music in Paducah. Steven Curtis Chapman remembers working at the first music store as a teenager in downtown Mayfield where an EF-4 tornado erupted on the night of December 10.

Chapman said he was heartbroken when he saw videos and images of what happened in and around his hometown.

“I immediately started thinking, you know, what’s the best thing I can do to just show love and support to the people out there and try to bring some hope and comfort and of encouragement,” Chapman said.

Chapman knew he wanted to help out somehow and said he wanted to help as soon as possible before his friends and colleagues in the music industry were booked.

He made contact with his friend Skaggs, who had previously been in Mayfield on Christmas Eve with Evangelist and Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham playing music for those who joined Samaritan’s Purse for their Christmas dinner.

Skaggs said he previously volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse in the early 2000s in war-torn countries like Croatia and Bosnia, but even those sites don’t compare to what he has. seen in Mayfield just two weeks after the tornado hit the town.

“Just driving around the town of Mayfield, my heart was just broken,” Skaggs said.

After witnessing the devastation in Mayfield during his Christmas Eve visit, Skaggs said he knew he had to come back somehow to help the survivors.

“It speaks so deeply, even when words or nothing else can’t quite say what you need to hear,” Chapman said.

Skaggs said that as a Christian he believes he is sent to play his music to help people who are suffering and believes music can speak to the heart.

“I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to bring joy and bring some of our bluegrass music, and just let people have a good time and know that we love them and God loves them. “Skaggs said.

A link to purchase tickets is available at heartland

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