Gary Morris charity concert benefits Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch, Victoria Lions Club, Theatre Victoria

Camille Doty

Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:29 a.m.

Gary Morris' vocal ability has taken him around the world. But his heart and first home belongs to Texas.

Morris said his voice was divinely inspired.

"My singing ability is a gift from God," he said.

Morris has performed on the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry. He has also performed for every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter in the White House and the Queen of England.

In the spirit of giving, the Fort Worth native will give a charity concert at the Leo J. Welder Center on Friday.

The 62-year-old singer/songwriter said making a difference in the world is more important than fame.

The proceeds of "Faith, Freedom and Christmas: An Evening with Gary Morris" will go to Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, Victoria Lions Club and Theatre Victoria.

"I like the fact they (Bluebonnet Youth Ranch) are taking kids and giving them a chance," Morris said.

Claud Jacobs, one of the Bluebonnet founders, said Morris is one of the most gracious people he has ever met.

Jacobs has been following the Grammy-award winning artist since the 1980s and is a true fan.

"His voice is incredible," Jacobs said. "It's the only instrument he needs."

For the last six months, Jacobs has worked to get Morris to the Crossroads.

And for one night, the audience will have a chance to hear his hit "Wind Beneath My Wings," which landed him both Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Award as well as fan favorites "Baby Bye Bye," "100 Percent Chance Of Rain," and "Leave Me Lonely."

Morris said the concert will last about two hours and will include guitar performances and personal stories. After the show, he will meet fans in the lobby to take pictures and sign autographs.

The father of four is flying down to Texas, while preparing for a Broadway production "Soul Doctor." He will play a Jewish Rabbi.

Morris said he manages his hectic schedule for the joy of performing.

"I love what I do," he said. "It brings joy to people's lives."



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