Caudill returns with holiday concert

Once again bringing Christmas spirit to the area through music, a noted pianist and Kentucky native will host his seventh-annual Christmas with Kory Caudill and Friends concert at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown Saturday.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s auditorium, the concert will feature a large ensemble of professional vocalists and musicians.

Caudill said the latest addition to the group is vocalist Skye Reedy, who recently finished a tour with Michael W. Smith.

“An interesting tidbit I like to share with folks is that they’ve likely heard the musicians on stage before, but not known it,” Caudill said.

Over the past seven years, the show has taken on a family atmosphere as audiences return each year to hear holiday classics, he said.

“Having great crowds and getting to play unique music is nice but the entire room turning into a place that feels like family coming together once a year has been one of the high­lights of my career,” he said. “It’s a concert but it’s not about the folks on stage, it’s about everybody leaving their problems at the door and celebrating being together to enjoy music.”

In addition to the highly receptive audience, Caudill said he enjoys performing at First Christian each year because of the stage production and lighting offered by the church and staff.

“This is neat to me because I’m familiar with how expensive concerts can be and First Christian Church allows folks to experience events at a very high level without breaking the bank,” he said.

Since his last holiday concert, Caudill has kept busy behind-the-scenes. He has been plan­ning a new international concert series in partnership with the Episcopal Church called the Concert for the Human Family.

The series will take place in a variety of historic cathedrals around the world and will feature musicians, vocalists, dancers and storytellers from across the globe. The series is expected next year and is part of the church’s Becoming Beloved Community movement, focused on racial reconciliation.

Caudill also recently co-founded Inside Music Nashville, a songwriting and production house scheduled to open in January. The project will be operated in collaboration with pop producer and publisher Marc Costanzo, known for his work as lead vocalist in the alternative rock group Len.

Much of Caudill’s time also is spent touring with country artist Justin Moore.

A new addition to this year’s holiday concert will be an emphasis on song requests, he said. Attendees will have the opportunity to write down requests before the show begins.

“We want the audience to be just as involved as we are, but be warned: If you request ‘Freebird,’ we will play ‘Freebird,’” he said.

Overall, like with previous years, Caudill said the main goal of the concert is to promote holiday spirit and cheer.

“I don’t have anything profound to offer in terms of how to improve the world around us but my main goal is for folks to be reminded of the greatest act of love the world has ever known and inspire folks to carry that love with them when they leave the concert,” he said.

Tickets are $13 and $15 with additional fees and can be purchased at fccetown.com.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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