Heart Behind the Music brings intimate songs, stories next week

The Heart Behind the Music singer-songwriter showcase will return to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on April 30 with John Berry, Will Champlin, Linda Davis, Billy Dean and special guest Chloe Channell. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

After charming audiences during several previous visits to the MSU Riley Center, the intimate Heart Behind the Music series has become a Meridian favorite. The musicians sit side by side on a bare stage, each with just a guitar or keyboard. They take turns singing songs that mean something to them and telling inside stories about their professional -- and personal -- lives.

Here’s a little background on the performers:

-- Berry’s soulful tenor voice first hit the country charts in 1994 with “Your Love Amazes Me.”

-- Champlin, whose father, Bill Champlin, appeared in a Heart Behind the Music concert at the MSU Riley Center in April 2015, placed third on Season Five of “The Voice” in 2013.

-- Davis, mother of singer Hillary Scott of the superstar country group Lady Antebellum, reached number one on the country charts herself in 1993 with “Does He Love You,” a duet with Reba McEntire.

-- Dean has put more than 20 songs on the Billboard country charts, starting in 1990 with “Only Here for a Little While.”

-- Channell, who at age 14 is already an eight-year stage veteran, has teamed with Dean to write a new anti-bullying song, “Hurt People.”

Not even the performers know in advance what songs they’ll perform or what secrets they’ll reveal. But they can guarantee at least one thing: a deeply touching evening of music and memories. Tickets are $39 and $33 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

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