2021 Paxton Swine 'N Dine
For Embargoed Release on April 30, 2021 at 8AM:
Event: Michael Ray at Paxton Swine ‘N Dine with Lily Rose
Date & Times: Saturday September 18, 2021 | Music starts at 7:00P
Location: Downtown Paxton, IL on Market Street
Paxton, IL (April 30, 2021) – The Paxton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the entertainment for the 2021 Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Contest & Festival. Country music artist Michael Ray will headline this year with country up-and-comer (and TikTok sensation) Lily Rose as support! The concert will take place in downtown Paxton on Market Street. General Admission to the concert is free. There will be a party pit option, which is the section closest to the stage. These tickets are on sale now at Paxtonchamber.com.
About Michael Ray – For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him. In four short years, Ray has built an impressive foundation. Three No. 1 songs “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less,” and “One That Got Away,” plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to five Gold-certified singles. The poignant “Her World or Mine”––the third song off of his sophomore album Amos––also produced a video that has captured more than 19 million YouTube views since its debut less than a year ago. Now, two hit albums into that all-too-rare blend of critically acclaimed and commercially successful career, Ray has released “Whiskey and Rain,” the first single off of his upcoming project produced by GRAMMY-nominated song whisperer Ross Copperman. Proof that heartbroken wallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey and Rain” has garnered over eight million streams since its release, cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s best sounds.
About Lily Rose – Touting a sound described as contemporary, vulnerable and raw, Lily Rose is blasting onto the Nashville music scene with her new single, “Villain." After releasing on Dec. 15, "Villain" debuted in the #1 spot on the iTunes all-genre and country charts. The singer/songwriter teased the haunting track on TikTok and was immediately met with thousands of new fans clamoring for the song’s full version. In less than a week since Rose leaked a clip of “Villain,” she has quadrupled her social media following across all platforms, and has notched over 6M views, 2.8M likes and 512K followers on TikTok.
Rose grew up in Atlanta as a self-taught drummer and guitarist but it wasn’t until high school that she discovered her voice. As an athlete and distinguished singer, Rose had to make the decision of which avenue to pursue. Bar sets and cover shows in her college town of Athens, GA led to headlining and sold out shows across Athens, Atlanta, Nashville and NYC, prompting her to make the move to Nashville in 2017.
Her musical influences range from Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry reflecting her innate ability to adopt “futuristic” 21st century country sound. She currently resides in Nashville where she continues to write and record new music with a focus on melody and hook driven songwriting style, which has proven to resonate among country, pop and rock alike.
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