Heading into of Jamboree In The Hills ’16, there was one particular artist that I was very much looking forward to seeing perform over all others. Saturday of the massive country music festival had a packed lineup featuring newcomers like Tara Thompson and Brooke Eden, solid radio artists in Easton Corbin, Maddie & Tae and Jake Owen and of course headliner Brad Paisley, but I was finally going to have the opportunity to see 90’s country star, John Berry, live!
For those of you who are somewhat new to iwasBORNcountry.com, John Berry has been one of our biggest supporters from the beginning. Our first major jump in Facebook “Likes” stemmed from John sharing our posts that included his music. We have discussed doing a feature interview for BORN Country for nearly a year now (I swear that it’s coming soon! Just want it to be the perfect presentation!).
While I grew up over the course of the 90’s, John’s hits were constantly on the radio. “Your Love Amazes Me” is easily one of the decade’s greatest love songs. Not only were his country hits all over the radio, but he even had great songs for the Christmas season!
Despite all of my young fandom for John Berry, up until this past weekend, I had never had the opportunity to see him perform live. Jamboree In The Hills ’16 would change that.
Not only would I finally get to see John perform, but I would also get to finally meet one of the artists that truly helped get BORN Country on the map in the first place! The morning of John’s performance, I was able to sit on on an interview that he did for the local news, but I also met his lovely wife Robin and their youngest son Caelan, who is also the band’s drummer.
A few hours after our initial meeting, I was invited on stage by John’s manager, Brian. John, Robin and Caelan took to the stage with the rest of the band for their mid-day performance. The set kicked off with a song from John’s most recent album, What I Love The Most, “I Get That All The Time.” Despite the lawn not being completely filled in quite yet, the group of country music fans lining the front of the stage were singing along and having an absolute blast!
John Berry’s set, of course, included the big 90’s radio hits, such as “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” “You And Only You,” “She’s Taken A Shine” and others. Though What I Love The Most had only been released officially a month prior to the festival, some of the Jamboree fans were able to sing right along with the new songs!
My own day was made when John performed my favorite song of his, “Kiss Me In The Car,” which I also heard a number of fans requesting from the front! Earlier in the day, John had mentioned that he redesigned the setlist in order to better fit the rowdy Jamboree crowd. Some ballads had to be cut, which is what John is mostly known for, but one in particular, absolutely had to stay. “Your Love Amazes Me” is hands down, the defining song of his career. Even I had to put down my camera for the song to slow dance with my fiancé at the side of the stage for this one!
John Berry wrapped up his set with his 1995 single “I Think About It All The Time.” It was an absolute honor for me to meet John’s family and to enjoy the show from the stage. I’m looking forward to hopefully attending his 20th Annual Christmas tour later this year and of course, finally getting that interview session together!