Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Entertainment

July 2, 2012

Music star lives the ‘real life’ in Georgia

By Frank Sayles Jr.

CNHI News Service

“I’m just a real man in a real life

Trying to survive;

I’m not a superman with a perfect plan,

Just an ordinary guy.”

--“Real Man,” John Berry

TIFTON, Ga. – This “ordinary guy” may look unassuming, tooling this around this south town in his jeans, work shirt and pickup truck.

But there aren’t many ordinary guys in Tifton who perform frequently on the Grand Ole Opry, sing regularly before thousands of people, have appeared on Conan O’Brien’s and Regis Philbin’s TV programs, have sung for the president of the United States, have been nominated for two Grammy awards, have had six Top 10 hit songs including a No. 1 single, as well as numerous other Top 40 hits.

But John Berry, who has long been one of country music’s most soulful singers, really is a regular guy. Recently, he moved to Tifton.

“Tifton really is a great community. It’s still a small town. It’s got that small-town feel about it. And it straddles I-75; you can be anywhere; there is access to anything,” Berry says. “There is a sense of community here; people enjoy living here. I’ve felt good about it since the day we came down here.”

His relocation has prompted him and his wife, Robin, to go through “boxes and boxes of memorabilia,” Berry says.

“It’s like Christmas. I found three handwritten notes from Buck Owens, which I forgot about.”

He is also moving from being a country music singer to a full-fledged Christian artist, releasing his 25th album, his first Christian-oriented record, “Real Man. Real Life. Real God.”

Berry, who hit No. 1 on the music charts in 1994 with “Your Love Amazes Me,” says he is committed to his future as a Christian artist: “I’m not dabbling in gospel.”

Text Only
Entertainment
Lifestyles
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
BBQ My Way