Alexander City music lovers have a rare opportunity tonight to see three legendary performers on the stage at Benjamin Russell’s auditorium.
Alex City Arts is sponsoring “The Heart Behind The Music” featuring Teddy Gentry of “Alabama,” John Ford Coley of “England Dan and John Ford Coley,” and Lenny LeBlanc of “LeBlanc & Carr.” Alabama native Kirk Jay, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will join the trio for the songwriters’ showcase, which begins at 7 p.m.
The evening promises to be a treat as the internationally known performers will sing and interact with the audience.
Both Coley and LeBlanc credit their longevity to their conversion to Christianity.
“A friend of mine called me; he was a smuggler,” LeBlanc said. “He said, ‘Lenny, I’ve been saved. I want you to go to heaven with me.’ And I had no idea what he meant. But something in his voice just struck me deep. He sent me a Bible and I started reading it for the first time — I’d never opened one before. And I was kind of disillusioned with the whole pop scene, the competition, I was just kind of tired of it. The Scriptures started tugging at my heart. I asked God if He was real and He just revealed Himself to me one day at my house.”
Coley said he realized focusing on one chapter or verse in the Bible is “like starting on page 800 of a 1,000-page book.”
LeBlanc said aspiring musicians must listen to their heart.
“A songwriter can only write what’s in his heart,” he said. “If you really feel that is what you’re supposed to do in life, give it all you’ve got and go for it. Never give up on writing.”
Those attending the showcase tonight should listen closely for meaningful music and meaningful inspiration.