Clovis grad performing benefit concert

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers

Jana Stanfield will bring her music with meaning to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico residents at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Farwell.

Stanfield, a Clovis High School and Eastern New Mexico University graduate, will sing her music of faith and conduct free workshops before the concert. There will be free workshops teaching songwriting, drama, theater and arts and crafts to area youth from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“You can’t put her music into one genre,” Judy Hall, concert event coordinator, said. “Her music will entertain, inspire and encourage. It gives you a message of faith. It’s music for everybody and everybody can relate.”

Rev. Clyde Davis of the Presbyterian Church said Stanfield lives in Nashville, Tenn., and they contact her each year so she can make the trip to the area. Stanfield is returning for her third annual youth rally and concert.

Davis said money raised from the event will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Stanfield volunteers at MDA summer camps and performs annually on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Stanfield became a triple platinum recording artist and songwriter in the 1990s when Reba McEntire recorded her song, “If I Had Only Known,” according to a press release from the MDA.

The goal of the concert is to raise funds to help send area children with neuromuscular diseases to the annual MDA summer camp at Ceta Canyon, outside of Happy, Texas. The cost is $600 for each participant.

“MDA has been her real cause and she has been really involved,” Hall said. “She was at the MDA camp in Dallas last year. We decided this year to raise money to send a kid to this year’s camp in Ceta Canyon.”

Concert info

When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday, Farwell High auditorium
Tickets: adults, $5; students, $3; available at Southwest Books and M oore in Portales or at the door.
Web site: www.geocities.com/ayalamf/jana_concert.html