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KENT: Colby Dee to perform pre-Thanksgiving show at Rigby’s

Everybody wants to go home for the holidays and that includes Nashville recording star Colby Dee.

Luckily, Dee’s home is Warner Robins.

Dee will be performing Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. at Rigby’s Entertainment Center. Rigby’s is hosting this free acoustic show for all ages, and the first 50 people will be treated to some pizza slices and beverages courtesy of Rigby’s.

At the performance, Dee will perform original music and popular cover songs. She also will perform her new original Christmas song “Christmas Time to Me.” Her music video for the song will be premiered at the show.

“Christmas means so many things. In addition to the important religious aspect, it also has the meaning of family, traditions, Santa Claus, everything that is magical,” said Dee, who Billboard magazine has called “one of the fastest rising females in the format.” “The video is awesome because it shows what Christmas time means to my fans.”

For the video, Dee asked her fans to send in pictures of what Christmas time means to them; the photos are included in the video.

Dee will arrive in Warner Robins to spend Thanksgiving with her family after recently performing at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

“I was beyond thrilled and just completely honored to be on that stage. I normally don’t get nervous before a performance, but I did before performing at the Bluebird. It was just so humbling to realize I was playing the same stage that so many legendary performers have played,” she said.

“It is so small,” said Dee, referring to the actual size of the Bluebird, which sits 90 people, “but it’s iconic and one of the most prestigious venues I have ever played. The hit TV show ‘Nashville’ has introduced the Bluebird to legions of fans who never knew of it before.”

Her performance at the Bluebird was well received by fans and critics, and Dee has been asked to return to perform Jan. 25.

Dee has had a lot of success since she hit the music scene. She has been featured in over 400 media outlets, including Billboard.com and a Times Square marquee in 2012. She has opened for country music stars Cole Swindell and Ty Herndon and has performed with many other artists.

A regular volunteer at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Dee will be visiting the Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, before her show on Nov. 26.

“We all certainly wish these kids didn’t have to be in the hospital, especially at the holidays,” Dee said. “Part of what Christmas time is to me is seeing joy on the faces of children; if I can get one or two smiles by sharing music with a sick child, that will mean more to me than anything. Thanksgiving begins the Christmas season, and I can’t think of a better way to begin mine.”

Dee is asking her fans to bring a toy to the show at Rigby’s -- for any age or type. The collected toys will be donated to the Christmas for Kids project in Houston County.

The next morning, Thanksgiving Day, Dee will be with her family at her grandmother’s house.

“We just have a big old feast and there is always a lot of laughter and great memories being made,” Dee said. “Being in Warner Robins for Thanksgiving is part of my family’s tradition. It is always so nice to be back home and just hang out with my family and friends.”

To contact columnist Alline Kent, email her at allinekent@cox.net or call her at 396-2467.

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