Bryan White & St Paul Peterson: Southdale YMCA youth leadership fundraiser



$45 in advance 

5pm doors/7pm showtime

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Bryan White:

"It feels a little bit like a dream."

That was the first thing said by Bryan White, who is blessed to have experienced life-changing success as a country music superstar in the 1990’s, when asked about what is currently happening on the other side of the world with his career. “God Gave Me You,” a song White originally released back in 1999, has been a massive hit in the Philippines for the past year.  The song caught on in the Philippines in 2011, but became something of a phenomenon last year when Maine Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub, and Alden Richards chose “God Gave Me You” as the theme song for their wildly popular variety show “Eat Beluga.”  White noticed some international activity on his various social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and then there were “millions upon millions of YouTube views on the song.” Fans had made lyric videos and one in particular has over 33 million views.  Then a friend called to say he was in Manila and heard the song playing on the radio.  The Oklahoma native wasn’t exactly sure about what was unfolding – “your first thought is, ‘seriously?’” – but he recorded a 90-second video message thanking his newfound fan base for their support. It wasn’t until his first trip there in December 2015 that he truly understood the scope of impact “GodGave Me You” was having in the Philippines and other Asian countries.  “It’s just one of those moments where everything lined up,” said White, who described the culture as extremely humble and kind. He suspects the lyrics, which he describes as a message of humility, resonates with the extremely loving culture of the Philippines. “I think it hit people in a way that was very primal.”  He added, “When I stepped off the plane, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real.’ It was an emotional trip for me. I wanted very much to make a good first impression and start building something.”  That something is as big as he’s ever experienced.

His list of honors include recognition from the Country Music Association (1996 Horizon Award winner) and Academy of Country Music (1996 New Male Vocalist winner) plus five CMT Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards and TNN/Music City News Awards. In 1998, White was voted one ofPeople magazines “50 Most Beautiful People.”  His songwriting credits include cuts with Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes and Joe Diffie, while Sawyer Brown (“I Don’t Believe in Goodbye”) and Diamond Rio (“Imagine That”) both reached No. 3 on the charts with songs penned by White.  Whether he’s on stage at the Opry or somewhere in Asia, White has secured a spot in the musical landscape of country music. He’s always been known as a singer and a songwriter – namely grooves and melodies – and now he’s also regarded for his work producing other artists in the studio. Since first making his way to Nashville, White has grown and matured as an artist.

 

 

 

 

 

St Paul Peterson:

Paul is the newest member of the Peter Frampton Band. 

Prince discovered Paul Peterson, aka “St Paul,” at the age of 17. He enlisted him as a keyboard player in “The Time” for the movie “Purple Rain.”
Paul took the lead vocalist spot in the Prince produced group “The Family” before becoming a solo artist and scoring hits for MCA and Atlantic Records.
 
Paul has recorded, toured or written with Steve Miller, Prince, George BensonOleta Adams, The CorrsKenny Loggins, and Morris Day and The Time to name a few.
 
His band, fDeluxe (formerly The Family) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Prince produced record with a few select shows around the country.
 
When Paul isn’t recording, he runs Peterson Music and Events, a music and event consulting service originally started by his father Willie Peterson back in the 1940's. He also has a 16 piece orchestra that plays at many of the top galas in the Mpls/St Paul area, appropriately titled the Paul Peterson Orchestra.