Ticket sales begin for up-and-coming country stars

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 28, featuring a top new solo vocalist of the year nominee, with  special guest performance from a top vocal group of the year nominee.

Eric Church will be rocking out in a life performance with special guest The Band Perry at WCU’s Ramsey Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Church grew up in Granite Falls, NC and at age thirteen he bought a guitar and starting writing his own songs.  Church continued his passion for songwriting and performing through college. After his college years, Church moved to Nashville in hopes of conquering his dream of becoming a country music star. Church’s guitar-driven country music is as straightforward as he is.  Today, Church is touring the country performing his music and has been nominated for top new solo vocalist of the year for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The special guests, The Band Perry are a trio of songwriting siblings from Mobile, Alabama. Band members Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry inherited a mix love for country and rock & roll at a young age from their parents. Their rock-influenced country songs have fought their way to the top of today’s country music charts. Their single “If I Die Young” reached No. 1 on the country music charts, and the group will be touring with Tim McGraw later in the spring. They have also been nominated for top vocal group of the year for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The concert is sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center and the Department of Residential Living. Tickets can be purchased at the Ramsey Center website. Prices for WCU students are $20 and for the general public $30. Student tickets sold on the day of the show are $25. Floor space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.