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Bryan White to perform at fair

September 09, 1999|By MEG H. PARTINGTON

Bryan White doesn't shy away from new experiences.

The country singer and songwriter added producing to his resume with his latest album, "How Lucky I Am," which was released at the end of August.

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He sings a duet with a professional football player on an album benefiting United Way, and in November he will perform his music alongside Olympic and world figure-skating champions.

White says he likes to participate in things that he doesn't know much about, like the skating event, "StarSkates Goes Country," being aired Sunday, Nov. 21, on NBC. Featured skaters will include Kristi Yamaguchi, Kurt Browning, Todd Eldridge and Nicole Bobek.

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There was a time when novel experiences were scarier, like when White performed his first concert with a band in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"It was a little bitty club. I actually was scared that I was there," White says, adding that all he could think about was getting done and running back to his bus.

Now he's not afraid to sing with the best of them.

White and other country stars, including Stever Wariner, Mindy McCready, Daryle Singletary, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Roy Parnell, Kenny Chesney and Tanya Tucker, joined their voices with NFL players to record "We're All in This Together," a song and video celebrating the 25-year affiliation between the NFL and United Way. The song is on two related albums being released this month.

Also on the album is White's duet with Atlanta Falcons player Esera Tualo - a tenor - in a song titled "Do Right By Me."

"This dude can really sing," says White, who was not in the recording studio at the same time as Tualo.

Other memorable duets in White's career to date have been with his idol, Wariner, and with Shania Twain.

To record the song "From This Moment On," about two years ago with Twain, he traveled to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he soaked up the scenery and more knowledge of the music business.

"I learned a lot on that trip," White says.

While White likes variety in his career, he also likes to vary the experiences his fans have with his music.

"I always try to cover the spectrum when I do a record," says White, 25.

He describes his latest release as positive, something that can be enjoyed by people out at a club as well as two people in love.

"It has great love songs," White says.

One of the love songs marks yet another first for White - his fledgling attempt to write a song specifically for someone, in this case his fiancee, Erika Page.

"That's the most personal one I've ever written," says White in a phone interview from DuQuoin, Ill., where he was doing a show for the state fair. Last year his show at the same site was cut short by a tornado.

"I love the fairs because it's a more free type of crowd," says White.

He'll soak in the fair scene locally at the 137th Great Frederick Fair, which runs from Friday, Sept. 17, to Saturday, Sept. 25. He will perform Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

White grew up in Oklahoma City and moved to Nashville at age 18. He's been making music since he was about 10.

Of songwriting, White says, "It's ... been a part of me for a long time."

Venturing into co-production with Dann Huff on his latest album was another first-time event for him.

"It was hard to wear two hats," White says. "It's kind of been a really tough year, as far as work."

Does he have any aspirations to produce an album for someone else?

"If the right person came along that I felt inclined to work with," White says.

He's planning a fall 2000 wedding in Texas to the woman he's inclined to spend his life with.

White met Page, a soap opera actress, 2 1/2 years ago through mutual friend Neil McCoy.

When she has to work on the set of "One Life to Live," White visits her if he's not on tour. If she's got time off and he's traveling, she hits the road with him.

He has cut his touring schedule back from 235 shows a year to about 150.

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