Special to The Sumter Item"If 'O Holy Night' is all that anyone remembers of me, that's fine with me," John Berry says. The country singer-songwriter is bringing his annual Christmas tour back to Sumter, and his show-stopping performance of the …
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The Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., presents John Berry's Christmas Songs and Stories Tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (803) 436-2616 or visit the website www.SumterOperaHouse.com.
"If 'O Holy Night' is all that anyone remembers of me, that's fine with me," John Berry says. The country singer-songwriter is bringing his annual Christmas tour back to Sumter, and his show-stopping performance of the carol he calls "a truly inspired piece of music" will likely illustrate its perennial popularity.
The Aiken native and Grammy Award-winning Berry makes his only South Carolina appearance at the Sumter Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Berry describes the evening as "a family oriented show a very Christ-centered Christmas." He's got his own family with him, in fact. His wife, Robin, sings in the band, and his son Caelan is the drummer.
The Christmas show begins with Berry performing some of his familiar songs, among them the hits "Your Love Amazes Me," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye" and "She's Taken a Shine." This first set will also include several selections from his latest CD, "What I Love the Most." Following intermission, Berry will devote his set to traditional Christmas music and songs from his album titled "Christmas."
Berry has earned much recognition and acclaim since his debut in the mid-1990s. Many of his records have gone Gold and Platinum, he was nominated for the American Country Music Top New Male Vocalist in 1994, won a Grammy in 1994 and was nominated for another in 1995. Many other prestigious nominations fill his resume, as well.
His latest project is his international TV show, "Songs & Stories with John Berry," which can be seen on The Heartland Network - formerly The Nashville Network - at 8 p.m. Thursdays. Berry hosts artists who talk with him about the inspiration for their music and their careers. Of course, there is plenty of music on the show, too.
Berry said in a news release, "It was a magical time filming each episode and an honor to get to know these artist friends on a different level as they sang songs and shared their stories. I am excited to share it with viewers."
He's also excited to perform live and to meet fans.
"I love what I do with a passion not seen in quite some time," Berry said. "I'm hopeful and excited about the future. I love singing and always will. I have a bus, an incredible stage presentation, a great band, hands-on management team, and I'm always all dressed up and ready to go."
Tickets for John Berry's Christmas Songs & Stories tour and the VIP Experience Package tickets can be purchased online at www.SumterOperaHouse.com or by visiting the box office at Sumter Opera House.
Tickets are priced at $40, $37 and $30, with an additional $20 for the VIP experience, which includes early access for VIP holders at 5:30 p.m. for a 45-minute casual "meet-and-greet" with John Berry and his band, a VIP Experience souvenir laminate, a signed photo and a photo opportunity with Berry. Only 50 VIP tickets are available.
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