HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Jan. 30, 2006

John Berry coming to DC arts center

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Grammy nominated country singer John Berry focused his tour on love songs.

He will be stopping at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.

Berry’s number one hit songs, “Your Love Amazes Me” and “She’s Taken a Shine,” are just two of the love songs he will be singing in his “Love Songs Tour.”

The tour is in support of his new CD, “I Give My Heart,” and will include his own rendition of the songs “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge and “Lady” by Lionel Richie.

Berry was inspired by Willie Nelson’s collection of 30s and 40s love songs in his CD “Stardust.”

He wanted to use his favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s for his own collection of love songs, Berry said during a phone interview Wednesday.

The show will be “laid back” he said, “it’s not a scream and shout show.”

The show will be “very intimate...you’ll know more about my music and who I am as a person,” including his family and kids, according to Berry.

“No matter how large or small the venue, when I’m singing, it’s just you and me,” he explained.

Berry is expecting to be hanging around after the show.

“I spend more time visiting with folks and signing autographs after the show than I do on stage,” Berry laughed.

But after that, he will be on the road again. He has 10 shows within a 12-day period.

The concert will also include the new song “Will You Marry Me?” co-written by Berry and David Lee Murphy while on “Paintin’ the Town” tour together in the summer of 2003.

Tickets are on sale now at the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office, $20 for adults and $15 for students. Mastercard, Visa and American Express are needed for phone orders.

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