On Friday, October 30, the historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge will return to its roots, hosting a benefit concert headlined by 10-year-old EmiSunshine, the newest talent to take the country music world by storm. Knoxville band Handsome and the Humbles will open the concert, proceeds of which will benefit United Way of Anderson County.
EmiSunshine was born in Madisonville, Tennessee, and grew up listening to Tom Petty and June Carter Cash, sounds which have influenced her current style. From the official EmiSunshine website: “Whether she’s performing on the ‘Today’ show or the Grand Ole Opry or taking the stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, she is fearless, confident, and firm in her musical direction. As she says, she sings ‘old-time music,’ but it’s her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure.”
Since a video of her singing on a street went viral, EmiSunshine has amassed an impressive fan base and has given repeat performances in some of the top cities and venues in East Tennessee. However, her motivation remains simple. “I love how I get to sing to people and make them happy,” she says. “I’m really blessed that I get to do this. It makes me feel amazing, like I’m touching somebody’s life.”
Local band Handsome and the Humbles, an alt-country/Americana rock band from Knoxville, will open the benefit concert. Knoxville Music Warehouse describes them as “an alt-country band with a sound, as well as subject matter, that fits perfectly into East Tennessee. Their prominent, strong harmonies and rich guitar tones set up the songwriting nicely.” With songs that unabashedly celebrate the beauty of Knoxville and the surrounding land, Handsome and the Humbles give voice to the love many feel for the local countryside.
The concert is being organized by Andy Howe of U-235 Productions, and money raised through ticket and merchandise sales will support United Way of Anderson County, the local branch of the worldwide organization dedicated to making lasting and positive change in communities around the world. UWAC supports 33 different agencies that specialize in services ranging from senior services, child advocacy, and addiction counseling to affordable housing, mentoring, and technology access. The organization depends on the generous support of local businesses, individuals, and volunteers to provide much needed services and programs to those in need.
Tickets are $15 for adults/$5 for children and available at the United Way office, The Ferrell Shop, Razzleberry’s and The Children’s Museum. Doors open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7 p.m.
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