A Michelle's Angels Foundation Christian Country Hope Concert will take place April 28 at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go to the Kynette United Methodist Church to assist families in Norton with costs related to cancer treatment. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6 p.m.
Kynette United Methodist Church member Carol Edmund said several residents of Norton are suffering from cancer and need financial assistance. She said the church wants to raise money to help out.
"We are doing this benefit for our church to be able to help our community," Edmond said. "We want to help, so we're raising funds. We were very pleased to find out the Michelle's Angels Foundation is interested in helping out because Norton has such a high rate of cancer. They want to bring awareness to that, and coming to Harper-McNeeley Auditorium will help expand the understanding that Norton and other communities need help. We really need to figure out what our problem is with the high rate of cancer."
Herb Knoll, president of the Michelle's Angels Foundation, is bringing four of Nashville's best singer-songwriters to Elkins including MAF board member and music director Ken Harrell and Angel artists Tonja Rose, Greg Johnson and Rob Harris. They each have their own music to perform. While they do not represent a "band," they will support each other in performed music and vocals.
Knoll said the artists would be arriving April 27, and they plan to perform at the bedside of cancer patients at Davis Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center.
"We want to help, so we're raising funds. We were very pleased to find out the Michelle's Angels Foundation is interested in helping out because Norton has such a high rate of cancer. They want to bring awareness to that, and coming to Harper-McNeeley Auditorium will help expand the understanding that Norton and other communities need help. We really need to figure out what our problem is with the high rate of cancer."
Kynette United Methodist Church
"This entire series of events associated with the Hope Concert was in jeopardy of not taking place due to inadequate funding," Knoll said. "Then, like the many angels that surround our work, James Gately of Grand Island, N.Y., offered to fund our expenses in the name of his deceased and beloved aunt. We are so blessed to have angels like Mr. Gately supporting our work as we attempt to provide love, hope and assistance to those who suffer."
The three featured Angel artists are all from the Nashville area. Johnson is a Grammy-nominated writer whose songs have been recorded by major artists including Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker, Lila McCann and Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
Harris grew up in West Virginia and this will be something of a homecoming for him. He is a staff songwriter with Identical Entertainment in Nashville. His songs "Who I Am Ain't Who I Was" (written with Mark Narmore and Tonja Rose) and "Hearts Are Made to Give Away" (written with Rory Lee Feek and Greg Johnson) were recorded by Rose in 2009 on her CD The Heart of Me.
Rose first took the stage at the age of 3 - singing "Jesus on the Mainline" with her father's gospel quartet in Pinetown, N.C. - and she's been singing ever since. Through friend and fellow song writer Harrell, she was invited to sing at a Michelle's Angels benefit at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2005, and has been an active supporter ever since. In addition to appearing on the Michelle's Angels Web site, Rose has shared playbills with Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Tanya Tucker and others in venues large and small.
Tickets are on sale at the Good News Christian Book Store and Evans TV and Appliance and The Furniture Store in Elkins.
For more information or to order tickets, call 304-636-7650 or 304-636-9041.
Additional information on the musicians is available on the Web site www.michellesangels.com.
Also supporting this event are the Holiday Inn Express, media support compliments of Bridgeport's WDTV and WVFX television stations and radio station WDME and The Inter-Mountain newspaper, each located in Elkins.