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Area songwriters will perform a benefit concert for Corey Buckner, a local church youth leader and Christian musician recently stricken with cancer.
The concert will be staged at the Lincoln County Courthouse bandstand at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.
A graduate of LCHS, Motlow Community College, and MTSU, Corey was diagnosed with stage 2a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after arriving home from a mission trip this year in Uganda, Africa with First Baptist Church of Fayetteville. After graduating MTSU, he began working for the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville, Ala., a nonprofit organization that cares and provides for homeless and needy men, women, and children from northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.
Corey worked in the youth group at FBC for years but recently was asked to fill the youth director position at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Park City with his fiancée, Brittany Green.
He began chemotherapy treatments in May and is progressing through treatments with the ability to fulfill his daily responsibilities at the Mission, church and elsewhere. In his spare time, Corey performs with the local contemporary Christian band, Road to Damascus, and was a member of the FBC Praise Band before taking his new position at Cornerstone.
The benefit is being coordinated by fellow FBC Praise Band member Ron Hackett and local songwriter Greg Mitchell and sponsored by The Red Caboose, a songwriters showcase venue in Elkmont, Ala., and H-STAC Software and Web Solutions, a Fayetteville-based company.
Performing alongside Greg and Ron will be hit songwriter Jason Matthews, writer of the number one Billy Currington hit, “I Must Be Doing Something Right”, as well as other songs by Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Julie Roberts, Kevin Denny, Point of Grace, Blake Shelton, Jake Owens and others. Jason recently released his debut album, Hicotine, and the single “That’s What Momma’s Do”. His soulful voice has just enough twang and attitude to hook you from the first line.
Also appearing is special guest Bonner Black. A Lincoln county native, Bonner has been writing songs for several years and has recently moved to Nashville to further her career in country music.
Bart Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, said of Bonner, “I knew the very first time I saw and heard Bonner Black that she was very special. An incredible songwriter and performer, Bonner also has that ‘something’ that stars have. A special energy, audience connection … ’something’ that makes her truly one of a kind. The whole world will soon know Ms. Bonner Black!”
To keep up with the latest information, visit the website at www.h-stac.com/corey. Donations for Corey can be dropped off or mailed to the Fayetteville First Baptist Church at 210 North Elk Avenue, Fayetteville, or submitted electronically through the website.