Cunningham to headline show at Opry

By Frank Lewis

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Frank Lewis


PDT Staff Writer


Scioto County native, Country Music singer Donna Cunningham is no stranger to big performances on big stages in front of big audiences, and in her way of giving back to the community that helped her get started.


Cunningham says Aug. 17 at the Southern Ohio Opry will be a night of great country music featuring music for young and old alike. Cunningham has put together a show on which she will be performing with three of her favorite singers.


Representing Scioto County on the show will be Terry Crabtree. Cunningham says Crabtree, a keyboard player and singer, known by his fans for his Ronnie Milsap sound, can also stir up a crowd with his upbeat songs.


“From Wayne, W.Va. I’m bringing in a fine young man with an unforgettable voice,” Cunningham said. “Jay Walker is someone you don’t forget once you’ve heard him sing. Jay performs everything from Hank Williams to Alan Jackson and more, so he can reach most any country music fan.”


Finally, all the way from Ann Arbor, Mich., Donna welcomes a 17-year-old sensation, Kaylyn Pace, whom she describes as a beautiful little blond with a voice to match. Cunningham said Kaylyn performed at the Songwriter’s Festival on Music Row in Nashville earlier this year, which is where Cunningham met her. She writes music and performs both her own and cover songs.


Last, but certainly not least, Century II recording artist Cunningham will perform a few of her original songs as well as memorable ones you are sure to remember from the greats of country music. After having had four No. 1 songs on the Independent Country Charts, she made it to No. 3 on the Country Main Chart here in the U.S.


“It was such a thrill to see my song in that No. 3 slot behind only Hunter Hayes and Carrie Underwood,” Cunningham said.


That song, ‘Don’t Tell Me That You’re Gone,’ is one she performs on the show. Another of Cunningham’s original songs ‘A Satisfied Me’ will be honored later this month as being the No. 1 Independent Contemporary Country Song of the Year by the Roots Rural Country Music Association based in Iowa. The award will be presented at the National Traditional Country Music Association’s 38th Annual Festival in LeMars, Iowa.


Cunningham thanked Tom Cable for offering her the chance to bring in what she feels is great talent to the Opry stage. Tickets are $8 and can be reserved by calling 740-259-4085 or they may be purchased at the door.


“So come on out to the show. I guarantee you will hear a wonderful evening of music,” Cunningham said.


Cunningham thanks Tom Cable for offering her this chance to bring in what she feels is great talent to the Opry stage. Tickets are $8 and can be reserved by calling 740-259-4085 or may be purchased at the door.


Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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