Country Singer Seeks Treasure for Children in Durham

Posted November 25, 2007

— A Grammy-nominated country singer hopes to find a treasure in Durham: toys that children will cherish on Christmas.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham will be collecting toys for a local chapter of the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots drive before Saturday night's Christmas concert by John Berry.

The tenor said making a difference motivates him to donate his time and talents to several children's charities.

"If there are things we can do that may make a difference in the lives of others, we should make the most of that opportunity," Berry said.

Unwrapped, new toys will be put into vehicles provided by Michael Jordan Nissan. Collection begins at 6 p.m., while the concert starts at 7 p.m.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan St.


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  • mommy2caroline Nov 26, 2007

    Nice to see a celebrity in the news for something not related to rehab or breaking the law. John Berry has an excellent voice and should be commended for this. I want to know why his name was buried in the article, too? You go with a headline of COUNTRY SINGER... and then we don't get his name. Reading should not be a guessing game, WRAL...

  • room Nov 25, 2007

    John Berry is an excellent singer and great entertainer. What a great thing to have him in the area. And DonnaB you are correct, his singing of O Holy Night is unbelievable. The last time I heard him was at Walnut Creek (quite a few years ago). What a great concert that was. I didn't know that he had been sick with a brain tumor. I wondered what had happened to him (not touring anymore). Glad to see he is well and back in the area. I am sure this concert will be well worth going to.

  • DonnaB Nov 25, 2007

    If you've never been lucky enough to hear John Berry in person singing "Oh Holy Night" - the show Saturday is worth attending even for just that one song. His voice is perfect for it, and you will get chill bumps all over.

    If my memory is correct, John had a brain tumor and endured some risky surgery about 8 or 10 years ago. After that surgery is when he cut back on performing. He did record a new album a couple of years ago that had some good songs, but it never got much airplay.

    He lives in Georgia. There is an annual country western dance competition in Atlanta, and John is very often the featured entertainer in the competition's Saturday night dinner show - at no charge to the event or the spectators. He always stays around for autographs and just to meet and talk to people. He's simply delightful.

    This isn't the first year he's done this benefit concert in Durham. It's worth the drive, folks.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Lit Nov 25, 2007

    "I am sure his kindness will be appreciated by the parents who smoke,drink,and do drugs..." -jealousy kills

    Well someone's having a merry crabby Christmas...'tis the season I guess.

  • huck 08 Nov 25, 2007

    I missed him, what a great voice. Sounds like a nice Xmas story in the making.

    Jealousy Kills, sounds like you're jealous of those parents, shudder to think what you have in store for your chillins.

  • rand321 Nov 25, 2007

    Also, do not forget the Durham Rescue Mission needing toys for families not able to provide an address to qualify for toys for tots. (homeless families).

  • Ready for Summer Nov 25, 2007

    This is awesome. I know my children and I always go every year and give for children that do not get to have the advantages of special Christmas presents that other children do.
    As for the comment jealousy kills made that was totally uncalled for. Regardless of your opinion that will never change the fact that it is never the children's fault or choice of how their life might be at their homes. Remember they are the innocent ones.

  • Just Once Nov 25, 2007

    John Berry is a country artist with an excellent voice. Had some hits and dropped off the radar. I think he made his money and didn't care for the rat race.

    Have been to his concert twice and was excellent both times as well as very beneficial for Toys for Tots.

    So "Jealousy Kills", what have you done for your fellow man recently?

  • dnc0716 Nov 25, 2007

    I don't understand all the negativism towards someone trying to help. I guess since it isn't in Raleigh it is not a good thing. I think the Raleigh residents are a bunch a jealous snobs who think they deserve everything.

  • djofraleigh Nov 25, 2007

    John Berry's name didn't appear in the headline, didn't appear in the first paragraph, and didn't appear until the last words of the second paragraph. You'd think someone went to some trouble to bury his name that deep.