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Valentine's Gala

February 09, 2000

Valentine's Gala featuring Ty Herndon and Julie Reeves

Saturday, Feb. 12, dinner at 5:45 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

Wilson College

Laird Hall

Chambersburg, Pa.

Tickets for the dinner/show combination are sold out. Tickets for show only are $22 each, $40 per couple. Tickets are available at Frontier Western Wear, 77 Path Valley, Fort Loudon, Pa.; J&K Toys, Chambersburg Mall; and WAYZ studio, John Wayne Drive, Greencastle, Pa.

For information, call 1-800-758-0838.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will be steaming with the country music of Ty Herndon Saturday, Feb. 12, during the third annual Valentine's Gala.

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The event, at Laird Hall on the college's campus in Chambersburg, also will feature Julie Reeves, whose singles include "It's About Time" and "Trouble is a Woman."

Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner/show combination are sold out, but tickets for the show only are available.

In November, Herndon released his fourth album, "Steam." It includes "You Can Leave Your Hat On" - a Randy Newman song popularized by Joe Cocker - which he has performed for seven years.

To match the brawny sound of his new album, he dropped 25 pounds and added some muscle.

Born in Meridian, Miss., and raised in Alabama, Herndon got his start singing Southern gospel. He has been singing and entertaining since he was 7 years old.

Herndon took his talents to Nashville, Tenn., where he sang song demos and jingles and played with Tennessee River Boys, who later became Diamond Rio. He gained national attention as a StarSearch finalist and then moved to Texas, where he shaped his ability to perform before a crowd.

The 37-year-old has earned his share of accolades.

His first three albums earned him seven top-10 hits, including "It Must Be Love," "What Mattered Most" and "Living in a Moment."

In 1995, he was named Best New Artist at the Country Radio Music Awards. "What Mattered Most" was named Music Row Song of the Year in 1996.

He also was nominated for Favorite New Artist in the country category at the 1996 American Music Awards.

When he's not on the road, Herndon lives in Dallas with his wife, Renee.

On his Web site, www.tyherndon.com, Herndon says tolerance and endurance are words that best describe him. He lists his proudest accomplishment as sobriety, which he's experienced for 4 1/2 years.

"I think I've grown up a lot," says Herndon in a prepared statement. "I've developed confidence in Ty and as a person. I've learned to separate my career and my life, and because of that everything is centered physically, spiritually, mentally."

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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