We’re still riding the buzz of the ACM Awards on Sunday where Las Vegas was filled with Country music’s hottest stars. The presenters, the nominees to the performances have left us on a high! Especially the memorable performances from Drake White (who wasn’t even nominated) brought from more than a hundred miles from Las Vegas.
Instead of all the glitter and the lights from the Las Vegas Strip, he was surrounded by the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon where he strapped on his acoustic guitar and played…no band, no microphone. White launched into a set of hits which included the Alabama native’s new single “I Need Real,” along with “Back to Free” and “Livin’ the Dream.”
I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon,” he said. “Being out here and seeing all of the colors is pretty special to me … Life is about making memories, making these moments and it’s a very humbling experience.”
The performance was nowhere near spur-of-the-moment. White’s record label, Dot Records were responsible for arranging the acoustic platform. Three helicopters were filled with label and country radio executives which flew them 45 minutes out to a flat place in the bottom of the canyon.
The show was planned to highlight White’s versatility and showcase the grittiness of his voice. Nature runs through his veins, growing up at the feet of the Appalachian Mountains gives him the genuineness to such a setting, said Head of Dot Records Chris Stacey.