Meridian Star


July 6, 2014

Singers, songwriters bring tour to MSU Riley Center

MERIDIAN —     With each song they craft, singer-songwriters tell a story. “The Heart Behind the Music” tour also gives fans a rare glimpse into the stories that inspired the songs as the singers discuss the meanings behind their hits. The tour swings through Meridian this year, showcasing the talents of Deana Carter, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, and Bryan White. The performance takes place at the MSU Riley Center, Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 pm.

    Deana Carter’s career took off about 20 years ago with her Grammy-nominated hit, “Strawberry Wine.” She recently released her sixth studio album, entitled “Southern Way of Life.” Joining her is Billy Dean, known for “Only Here for a Little While” and “If There Hadn’t Been You.” Three of his studio albums were certified gold and helped him rack up as many as 20 hit singles on the Billboard charts.

    Country veteran Collin Raye, known for his hits from the 1990s – “Love, Me,” “Not That Different,” and “In This Life” among them – recently made a successful detour into inspirational music. He is also a strong supporter (and singer) of traditional country music. Taking the stage as well is Bryan White, who counts “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore” and “So Much for Pretending” among his collection of number one country singles. He recently released his seventh album, “Shine.”

    For Fans of: Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins

    What Critics Say: “For Bryan White, he has stayed to his strengths on ‘Dustbowl Dreams’ and not gone away from the country music that made him a success the first go-around. In a genre that is stereotyped by rough and tumble cowboys, White has been the poster boy for pretty pop-tinged ballads and tender lyrics.” – Ken Morton, Jr., That Nashville Sound

    “Kicking off with the 80s pop/rock groove of ‘You Can’t Stay,’ Carter continues to march to the beat of her own musical drum — and the track is a pure delight, from the breathy seductiveness of the verses and the sing-along quality of the chorus. The title track has a little bit of a jazzy blues feel that the singer handles very well.” – Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

    Tickets are $39 and $33 at the MSU Riley Center box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

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