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Nashville recording artist gives back

Proceeds will support clubs at Cedar Springs High School

On Friday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m., singer/songwriter Ashley Renay, a Nashville recording artist and Sand Lake native, will perform a 90-minute acoustic benefit concert at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium.  Ashley is donating 100 percent of all ticket sales directly to clubs and organizations at Cedar Springs High School such as band, choir, drama, the National Honors Society and others. Tickets are $3.

Ashley married her high school sweetheart, Joshua Garnsey, a 2003 Cedar Springs High School graduate, in 2008.  Together they have a two-year old son and another baby due early July. Ashley began her musical career when she was just 13 years old, winning numerous singing competitions and performing at fairs, festivals, and events around the state.  In both 2006 and 2007 she auditioned along with over 22,000 hopefuls from around the nation and made it as a top 40 finalist on the USA Network television competition “Nashville Star.”  Doing so well in the competition opened many doors for her and she recently recorded her first-full length album with the Lab Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley explained why she wants to donate proceeds from her concert to the school’s clubs and organizations. “Growing up, I had the opportunity to be involved in many enriching extracurricular activities that supported my interest in music,” she said. “My husband Josh and I both feel it is important for every young person to be involved in activities that will nurture their individual talents and interests, whatever they may be.  It seems that one of the first things to go when school budgets get cut is funding for their music and arts programs. Fortunately, the people in close-knit communities like Cedar Springs come together to do what they can to help. I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the community that my husband and I grew up in by using my talents and interests to help with those efforts.”

Ashley’s brother, Zack Grutter, will be performing with her. “The fact that my brother Zack Grutter, my duo partner while growing up, will also be performing alongside me for this event makes it extra special.  I hope this will be only the first of many future fundraising events held to help support these important programs,” she said.

Cedar Springs High School students are currently selling advance tickets to benefit their particular organizations, but tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the performance.  Any door sales will be distributed among the school’s participating organizations.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7. For more information on Ashley, visit www.AshleyRenayMusic.com.

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