Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 19, 2014

Local artist raises awareness for hospice with June 24 concert

CROSSVILLE — Ashley Krohn will be sharing songs from her upcoming CD at the Palace Theatre Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and available now at Hospice of Cumberland County. 

When Ashley moved to Crossville six years ago, she had one goal: help her grandmother who was struggling with cancer. Ashley used her passion for music to hold a benefit concert to raise money to help her grandmother with expenses that insurance wouldn’t cover.

After her grandmother’s passing, Ashley didn’t give up her passion for music. In addition to church and individual events, Ashley has performed at the Palace Theatre, D Squared Productions, R&B Cafe, and currently performs at the Curtain Call Theatre, singing classics like Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" and Barbara Streisand’s "My Man." Over the past several months, she has been working with local Christian music song writer and producer Rick Metcalf to develop her own CD.

Originally from the West Coast, Rick Metcalf is an accomplished guitar teacher and song writer. He produced his first album in the 1980s and had a Christian band on the road that toured the west coast for several years. More recently, Metcalf has focused his talents on producing local artists; some perform their own work but for this project, Ashley has chosen to record Rick’s music.

“People are always asking me for a CD,” said Krohn, “and I’m excited to work with Rick and perform some original music that expresses my style.”

After working on the CD for several months, Krohn and Metcalf discussed performing a concert that would create awareness for the services offered by hospice. “I lost my mother one year ago and hospice patiently answered our questions and supported us through a very rough time,” said Metcalf. “Until that experience, I wasn’t really aware of the services hospice offers, and I believe more people need to know how helpful they are to our community.”

Metcalf discussed the concert with Ken Taylor, executive director, and Emily Hayes, community liaison for Hospice of Cumberland County, who were thrilled about the opportunity.

“We are excited to work with these artists to bring awareness to the special kind of caring we provide,” said Taylor.

In addition to songs from Krohn’s upcoming album, the June 24 concert at the Palace Theatre will feature songs from well-known vocalist and author Jay Fox. Jay brings his love for the Lord, despite personal tragedy, into each song he shares and he often has the audience singing along. The concert will also feature MetBros, a Christian band from the West Coast. Their blend of Celtic and modern music styles with live whistle, guitar, piano, and saxophone bring a beautifully unique experience to the Christian music genre.

Attendees are encouraged to pick up their tickets early at Hospice of Cumberland County. Remaining tickets will be available at the Palace Theatre door at 6 p.m. the night of the concert. CDs and other items including Metbros’ hand-made Irish whistles will be available for purchase at the concert. For more information see the concert’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/June24Concert.

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