The American Red Cross Heartland Heroes event is set for Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Peoria Civic Center. Heartland Hero guests will enjoy a social hour and dinner, followed by a program honoring the Peoria-area Heartland and a concert. Headlining this year’s Heartland Heroes concert is American Idol winner and country superstar Scotty McCreery with special guests RaeLynn and Aileeah Colgan.
The Heartland Heroes event is a celebration of the Heartland Hero Award recipients. The American Red Cross proudly honors Heroes in four categories: Youth, Armed Forces & Public Service, Michel A. McCord Good Citizen and Anne Fox Lifesaving Awards. The award recipients have all accomplished something extraordinary – some stepped up in response to an emergency, others have dedicated themselves to a cause or organization whose mission has improved our community – their actions make them Heartland Heroes.
Following the Heartland Heroes program, guests and concertgoers will enjoy an incredible night featuring some of the hottest newcomers to the country music scene.
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned both an ACM and CMT Award, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views...and he’s just getting started!
His deep voice and irresistible sound create the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 300 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines and the Caribbean, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans – the McCreerians – are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.
After winning Season Ten of “American Idol” and capturing the hearts of millions of television viewers nationwide, McCreery released his debut album, Clear As Day, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. McCreery will release his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, on May 3 and is working on a new album to be released later this year.
With her empowering Top 20 hit, “God Made Girls,” RaeLynn had the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. The song skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Songs chart and earned GOLD-certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in addition to the music video garnering over 15 million views. The music video earned her a pair of CMT Music Award nominations for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Now, her follow-up, “For A Boy,” is available on iTunes. RaeLynn is currently the #5 biggest selling female country artist in the last year. The vibrant 20-year-old was selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and recently released her "ME" EP. RaeLynn penned the collection of five tracks for The Valory Music Co. project, which climbed into the Top 5 on iTunes Top Country Albums chart on release day. Taste of Country insists, “fans of every age will find a trio of lyrics to get behind” and Popcrush calls her “cheerful, charming, ultra-talented and downright hilarious.” Just like her musical hero Dolly Parton, RaeLynn embraces her Country roots with a flash of pizazz, commemorating her Grand Ole Opry debut with an “Op-Rae Selfie” from center stage. The Voice (season 2) alum, who has returned to the show to perform, is featured on “Buzzin’” from coach Blake Shelton’s latest album.
Moving from state to state as a child, Aileeah Colgan discovered early that her roots weren't planted in any one particular place, but in music. As the daughter of a carpenter and preacher, and her mother, a former gospel singer, she found her voice through the music her family would sing together while traveling from church to church. Living throughout the South and Midwest United States, she was inspired by the different genres popular in each region. A passionate songwriter, she loves to create relatable and vivid stories with her music. Aileeah's view of music is that it's not only catchy tunes or enjoyable beats, but it can be a time capsule to your life, lyrics can hold memories and take you back to a moment in time. A fan of all styles of music, she eventually discovered her true sound was in country. Channeling country music's greats; Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Johnny & June Carter Cash, she hopes her music can be the helping hand to encourage someone through a trial or just sassy lyrics to give you a smile.
The 2016 Heartland Heroes event is going to be spectacular – join the Red Cross as we celebrate the night away! Floor table and ticket sponsorship packages are available by calling Patrick Gavin at 309-677-7272.
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