Warren County Middle School students were treated to a concert given by David Fanning, an award-winning producer, singer, songwriter and country music artist.
Fanning is the youngest producer to ever produce a No. 1 hit song, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” sung by Thompson Square.
The concert was given Thursday as a reward to students for their good behavior.
“We appreciate our students’ efforts for being here and doing what is right and what is asked of them. We have teacher appreciation days, why not have student appreciation days?” said WCMS principal Gerald Tidwell.
Fanning connected well with his audience as he left the stage several times to interact with students. Fanning has been playing guitar and singing since he was a young boy, according to his mother, Treva Fanning. Both of Fanning’s parents accompany him as he travels around the country singing and promoting his message to never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.
“I always wanted to sing,” said Fanning. “I want to let all kids know they can do whatever they want to do and can be successful. There will always be someone to tell you that you can’t do something, that what you are talking about is only a dream. I want everyone to know that is not true. You can do anything you want to.”
Tori Brooks and Audrey Phillips were a couple of lucky girls who got to go on stage and sing with Fanning as he showed them how to pick a guitar. He also presented them with Jason Aldeen signed guitar picks which the girls promptly also had Fanning to sign.
Many students were standing and waving their hands in the air and singing along to many of the songs Fanning played. At one point, teachers had to corral a few hundred children back to their seats.
Treva Fanning said her son started playing at schools and fundraisers while he was still in high school in Alabama. “David went to school in Athens, but someone who went to school in Jasper, Ala., had heard him sing and play and they asked if he would do a fundraiser for them. He said sure and that started all of this. This may be the only concert some kids will ever see in their lives. We cannot bring everything involved in a full-blown concert, but we can bring part of a good, professional concert to kids. This has been a blessing,” said Treva.
Fanning was joined onstage by a drummer and Lindsay Ell on lead guitar. Ell has recently signed a recording contract with Stoney Creek Records and her single will debut this month.
Fanning was available following the concert to sign photos and T-shirts for his fans.
More information about Fanning can be found at www.facebook.com/davidfanningmuz.