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November 24, 2013

Area students watch live performance by Fullbright

DUNCAN — Prior to his performance for the Chisholm Trail Arts Council CTAC Live, singer/song writer John Fullbright performed for more than 530 students Friday afternoon at the Simmons Center Theatre.

Fullbright, who was nominated for a Grammy for his 2012 album, “From the Ground Up,” played and sang several songs for students from Comanche, Empire and Duncan. Every student from Comanche High School (about 300) was in attendance, while 150 students from Empire and 85 from Duncan went to the afternoon performance.

“We wanted to show homegrown Oklahoma,” Darcy Reeves, CTAC executive director, said. “You can really do well. He’s shy and we knew he probably wouldn’t want to answer questions.”

Cindy Parks, with CTAC, met Fullbright when he was a teenager. She thought about him when it came time to plan the 2013-14 season. This is how Fullbright got invited to perform for CTAC Live.

Parks said she doesn’t know him well, but she was excited about his music. Parks introduced Fullbright to the students Friday.

Reeves was also excited about his music. She said Fullbright has a following and has since he was in high school.

“People have been following him since he was 16 years old,” Reeves said.

During Fullbright’s performance for students, the teenagers in the audience were moved enough by the music to not only clap along, but also get to their feet. Fullbright also received a standing ovation during the day performance and the night performance, too.

Although shy, Fullbright did provide words of wisdom for students to adhere to. He said things do get better after high school.

“Don’t let anyone tell you this is the best time of your life,” Fullbright said. “It gets better and better.”

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