Ty Herndon living right with 'Big Hopes'

June 18, 1998|By TERI JOHNSON

"Big Hopes" is more than a new album for Ty Herndon.

The country singer said it represents a new beginning.

"It's the happiest I've ever been in my life," Herndon said Wednesday before heading to his booth at Fan Fair, the weeklong celebration in Nashville, Tenn., where fans and stars have the opportunity to meet.

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What's responsible for this joy?

"I'm living right, in body, mind and spirit," said Herndon, 36.

Herndon said "Big Hopes" is the album he always wanted to do.

He said his first album, "What Mattered Most," was about dreams coming true, while his second, "Living in a Moment," concerned faith and healing.


The title cuts on both albums were No. 1 hits. His new single, "A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)," is No. 10 on the Billboard charts.

Herndon said the song has been receiving a strong reaction from listeners.

Area fans can hear him perform the song Monday, June 22, when he gives concerts at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium in Waynesboro, Pa. The shows are being presented by Waynesboro Rotary Club and WAYZ, and proceeds will go to the club's scholarship fund for area students.

Herndon and his band, Ride the West, are doing about 200 shows this year. Their 90-minute concerts feature a variety of music, including Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker and Emmylou Harris.

Audience participation

He said they don't believe in just playing one number after another - they like the audience to participate.

"You might be on your feet one minute, and we might have you crying the next," Herndon said.

Emotional songs have been a trademark for Herndon, who said he looks for positive songs with an uplifting message.

He said he never chooses a song unless he gets a mini-movie of it in his head and sees how it relates to the life of a friend or a family member.

Herndon's Fan Fair activities this week have included interviews, his fan club party Sunday and performances at parties for LeAnn Rimes Tuesday and Chelley Wright Wednesday. He's been signing autographs for three to four hours a day.

"This is a week I don't mind losing sleep for," Herndon said.

It's a small thing to do for the fans who have stood behind him since he came out of a drug and alcohol treatment program a few years ago.

They have sent letters and spiritual tokens such as medallions, crosses and coins. He keeps his collection in his "God Boxes" at the Dallas home he shares with his wife, Renee.

He said he treasures the special mementos that fans bring him, and they remind him of what is important.

"It's the fans, family and friends that know your heart and want to be part of something good in your life," he said.

Ty Herndon in concert

  • When: Monday, June 22, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium, 550 E. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa.
  • Details: Possum Holler is the opening act. The show is presented by Waynesboro Rotary Club and WAYZ. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund for area students.
  • Tickets: $15, available today from Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa., from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 1-717-762-2811.
  • Tickets also will be available at Waynesboro High School's ticket booth Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to showtime.
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