July 3rd – Kearney Fireworks CelebrationFeaturing: Tate Stevens
Sponsored by Kearney Chamber of Commerce
5:30pm Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
Free to the Public Event
"It doesn’t get more patriotic than one of our favorite performers doing a free show to celebrate our nation’s birthday!” – Slick 50
Tate Stevens has captured America's hearts by doing the one thing he does best: being himself.With his powerful vocals, compelling life story and irresistible personality, Tate has won Fox's X Factor and scored a Top 5 album. He's also found success when his song "Holler If You're With Me," which debuted during a Pepsi commercial that aired during the Grammys, was chosen to be featured during the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament.
"Music drives me," he says. "It is really deep down in my soul. That is who I am, the music," he says. "I love performing for people because music makes people feel good. I love it when people say, ‘That song spoke to me.'"
"I think people see that there's a realness there," he says. "I don't know too many guys that get manicures or shave their chests. I don't think the majority of people wear fancy clothes. I am the guy next door; everybody knows me. I am your neighbor, the guy who lives down the street."
Tate became a seemingly overnight sensation when he won Fox's X Factor in 2012. "I think it was because I am a real person," he says of his win. "I believe that country music fans are the most loyal and giving and they are the ones who pulled me through that show. "As Simon Cowell said, when "you hear how good his voice is and his story, you could not NOT root for him. I think America got it right."
After his victory, Tate quickly released his self-titled first album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Music critic Chuck Dauphin says, "What really sets Stevens apart is his way with a ballad. … He demonstrates a depth that brings to mind artists such as one of his biggest influences, Garth Brooks. Tate Stevens shows on his debut album that he's got the talent to be a long-term voice in this business."
His second album, which was also produced by Blake Chancey, takes his music to the next level in every area, from the songwriting and song selection to the vocal performance and production. He has captured a fresh sound that fits comfortably with today's chart-topping hits, but features a strong foundation of substance and timeless messages. With the life he's led, it would be impossible to create music devoid of meaning or real emotion.
No Alcohol Permitted at this Event
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July 3rd – Kearney Fireworks Celebration