May 25, 2011
Bama Rising Benefit Concert Has Samford Connections
Bama Rising, a benefit concert to help tornado victims and relief efforts from the April 27 tragic tornadoes, will be held in the BJCC Arena on June 14 at 7 p.m. Popular music artists such as Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, and Dierks Bentley have committed to perform along with many others. Alabama’s frontman and lead singer Randy Owen has a special connection to Samford as his son Heath is an alumnus from the class of 2004. Little Big Town, which originated while band members Karen Fairchild (’90) and Kimberly Roads were students at Samford, will also be performing. Fairchild and Roads met while singing in the A Cappella Choir together. This is a great opportunity to help Alabama raise the funds it will need to provide relief to the affected areas. Tickets went on sale May 20 and are available on www.ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $25–$150.
“Our desire is to make this an event that lightens the load for many people,” said Owen. “We can never bring back those precious lives… Maybe playing some music can brighten the way and give people some hope.”