Emery County Fair Press Release
On August 6, 2007, our community was devastated by the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster. Nine lives were lost that day and the following days during the rescue efforts. So many heroes emerged from the disaster and we honored those heroes on September 15, 2007 at the “Celebration of Heroes” concert headlined by Collin Raye.
On the 10th anniversary of the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster, we will honor those heroes who sacrificed their lives and those rescuers who tried to save lives once again. Emery County welcomes back Collin Raye to headline our Heroes Never Forgotten Tribute Concert. Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band will be the opening act for the concert.
Once again, the concert returns to the Emery County Aquatic facility. It will be held on the Aquatic Center mini amphitheater lawn starting at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.
Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You.” Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”
It came as no surprise when in 2001 at the Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin’s issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.
The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as “On the Verge,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second/” “That Was a River/” “Anyone Else” and “If I Were You” continues to touch hearts across the globe in both traditional and new ways. Collin Raye’s new outreach is very personal. In 2010, after the loss of his precious 10-year-old grandchild, Haley, Collin and his daughter Britanny (Haley’s mother) established The Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation to honor her memory. The foundation supports and assists families of the cognitively and physically disabled with a primary emphasis on supplying wheelchairs and other necessary medical equipment to elevate the quality of life for the disabled family member in need. Collin wrote a very special song for Haley called “She’s With Me,” which carries a powerful message for families of special needs children.
Additionally, in 2011 Collin released his first inspirational album, His Love Remains, which quickly shot to #1 on Amazon for inspirational and religious music. Collin continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic concerts to his tour schedule as well. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.
Tickets will be available to purchase beginning June 10th at a discounted rate of $10 for adults, $5 for 4-12 years of age, and 3 and under are free. Tickets at the gate the day of the concert will be $15. Watch the Emery County Fair Facebook page and website (www.emerycountyfair.com) for more details!