John Berry Brings His 23rd Annual Christmas Tour To Jeffersonville, Indiana
23 years of anything is also known as a tradition. John Berry has become that tradition for so many people across the country as the way to celebrate the Christmas season. In particular, the "Indiana Girls" in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This is a small, 350 seat capacity venue, with a home-cooked meal including fried chicken that "rivals Kentucky Fried Chicken," according to Berry. The "Indiana Girls" make this a sort of homecoming for Berry, his family and crew.
While this is a Christmas themed show, including all of the favorites at this time of the year as well as his hit songs, it has become so much more for many, including Berry himself.
After celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut album and his 60th birthday, this year, there is one more anniversary we are close to, that being the beginning of Berry's journey with throat cancer. When you look at the obstacles that have been placed in his path over the past several years, including a motorcycle accident and brain surgery, when, as a singer you face a diagnosis of throat cancer, that can sometimes end a career, which begs the question, what then?
Listen to our conversation as Berry and I discuss these times of unknown outcomes and see how he found the strength through family, including his amazing wife, Robin and ultimately, surrendering to God and saying, "Ok, What ever plans you have for me, I am listening, now you have my attention."
This show is as emotional as it is uplifting and as much as you will leave this show filled with the Christmas spirit, you will also leave with a new found inspiration that is so profound, you are not sure if you attend a "concert" or a "testimony." Actually, you will have attended both of these and it is for you to decide when you leave the building how you will use the lessons Berry teaches in each and every song and every story.
Berry has never sounded better. It has been a long time since a concert has moved me, actually opened my heart and touched my soul. I listened, laughed, cried, sang along and was inspired many times throughout the show.
If you can not make the shows remaining this year, make sure to get the news first of the upcoming shows next year and do not miss this show. We have definitely found a new Christmas tradition in our family and I hope that you will as well.
John, Robin, Brian and the "Indiana Girls", thank you all for an amazing evening and for being so kind and generous to us. We love you guys and can not wait to see y'all again very soon.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may God bless each and every one of you.
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