LINDALE (KYTX) - Casey Rivers once said he would never fly in an airplane. He said he would never leave his hometown of Lindale. He even said he would never leave Texas.
"When you have a dream, you pursue it," Rivers said, laughing at his previous statements. "Sometimes there's a different plan for you."
Since graduating from Lindale High School in 2001, Rivers' pursuit of his career dream has led him to Nashville and many airplane flights.
In 2006, Rivers competed on the USA Network's Nashville Star, finishing the competition as the runner-up. He has appeared with such country music legends as Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Jason Aldean, Big and Rich and the Gatlin Brothers. Rivers has also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry Stage and toured with Nashville Star.
Rivers also worked with the band Beyond the Ashes and was nominated for two Dove Music Awards in 2012. The group traveled nationwide to more than 200 dates each year and earned several top 10 Christian music singles. In July, Rivers announced plans to pursue a solo career.
Lindale never left his heart and now the country music artist is preparing to return for his first public performance in his hometown in two years.
Rivers will perform in RealEdge Real Estate-Lindale Presents Act II: Continuing a Tradition of Excellence at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center. The fine arts showcase will include performances by students of all ages. The showcase will include vocal and instrumental performances, lyrical dance routines, poetry and prose readings, and theatrical performances. Rivers will close the show with a 30-minute performance and be joined on stage by the Lindale High School and Lindale Junior High School choirs.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Lindale ISD Education Foundation. The Foundation provides grants for innovative teaching initiatives that exceed the day-to-day curriculum and are not funded or are under-funded by the school district's operating budget.
Tickets for Act II are on sale now at the Lindale ISD Administration Building located at 505 Pierce Street. VIP tickets are $15 and reserved seats are $7. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Limited reserved seating tickets will be available at the ticket window inside the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center the night of the show for $10.
For more information visit www.lindalefoundation.org or call (903) 881-4001.