Second Live from the Temple held Sunday

Published: Apr. 30, 2023 at 5:05 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Temple Theatre Restoration Initiative hosted its second Live from the Temple on Sunday, May 30. The theatre welcomed local and Nashville singers and songwriters.

Shelley Hotchkiss-Whitehead, General Manager of SuperTalk Mississippi-Meridian, said many writers of country music’s hottest songs were in attendance.

“From Nashville, we have brought in Wynn Varble, who wrote ‘Waiting on A Woman;’ Brice Long, who wrote several songs for Randy Houser; and then we also have Don Poythress, who is the five-time Dove winner for Gospel and Christian music. So, we have a lot of great talent here. It’s going to be a great afternoon of fun. I love songwriter showcases because you hear the reason why they wrote the song. You hear the story behind it,” said Hotchkiss-Whitehead.

The Temple Theatre Restoration Initiative was founded last year by the Temple Theatre, Ken Rainey and SuperTalk Mississippi-Meridian. The initiative’s purpose is to raise money for the historic theatre’s renovations and upkeep. The first Live from the Temple was held in December of 2022 and featured 25 local singers and songwriters raising almost $10,000 for the Temple Theatre.

If you would like to hear more from the artists who performed Sunday, you can find LIVE from the Temple 2! Nashville Songwriters Showcase on Spotify.