Billy Dean, a country singer and songwriter, will be performing at the Chatfield Center for the Arts' Potter Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 22, as a fundraiser for the Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
Billy Dean, a country singer and songwriter, will be performing at the Chatfield Center for the Arts' Potter Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 22, as a fundraiser for the Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
Want to hear Billy the Kid?

Thank the sheriff and his posse for the chance, as he's only here for a little while.

Country singer-songwriter Billy Dean will perform at the Chatfield Center for the Arts' Potter Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 22, as a fundraiser for the Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Dean also earned accolades for "Somewhere in My Broken Heart" and "Only Here for a Little While."

The acoustic-only concert helps raise money for law enforcement, as the association uses the proceeds to fund two $500 scholarships for Fillmore County students going into law enforcement careers. A portion of the funds are also used for upgrading county equipment, and the remainder is donated to high school after-prom parties.

Last year's performer was Collin Raye, and before that, Daryle Singletary and Bryan White have performed for this charitable event. The amount the show raises varies from year to year, but generally brings in about $2,500 after expenses, explained Deputy David Dyke.

The association doesn't choose the performer - a promotion company does - but to have Dean as a headliner is a privilege.

The Quincy, Fla., native "was raised appreciating the value of music and has a diverse array of musical influences," according to his biography.

"Shortly after high school, a worldwide talent search landed him in Nashville in the early '80s, where he finished in the top 10. In 1988, Dean entered another talent show, and won his first episode of Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' and received national recognition and the attention of music executives. Dean's debut album 'Young Man' was released on Capital Records in 1990, along with his single 'Only Here For a Little While' which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts."

His biography also states, "Dean co-authored his second single 'Somewhere in my Broken Heart' with Hall of Fame songwriter Richard Leigh, which soared all the way to number one and was nominated for a Grammy. 'Somewhere In My Broken Heart' went on to win The Academy of Country Music's Song of The Year, earning Dean his first platinum album and Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Billy Dean's music has sold millions worldwide. Eleven top 10 singles and five number ones expanded this singer's career, adding several acting credits to his name. After 12 albums and 11 Top 10 singles spanning over a period of 18 years, Billy has founded the publishing company BDMG (Billy Dean Music Group). Billy continues to make contributions to the country music world by building brands with music and empowering children, by being a spokesperson for Averitt Cares For Kids, and Sunkist's Take A Stand Program."

It added, "His latest album, 'Let Them Be Little,' was inspired by those closest to him, his two children, Hannah and Eli, and his wife, Stephanie. Billy's illustrious career was recently recognized with a proclamation from the State of Tennessee House of Representatives."

An evening with Billy the Kid promises to be delightful and beneficial - the songs will leave concert attendees singing for days afterward, and the deputy sheriff's association will benefit from the ticket proceeds.

The biography concluded, "Dean's true gift comes through during his signature solo acoustic performances. An accomplished musician, Dean has a rare, unique ability to take you on an emotional journey with just him and a guitar. The raw energy of his personality, sense of humor and powerful vocals, leaves a lasting impression on audiences once they experience the quality of his music up close and personal."

Dean will be greeted in Chatfield by local business owners, as the deputy sheriff's association tries to give back to the community while raising funds for its scholarships and other purposes.

Members of the association encourage fans to attend the concert and support the association. The show opens at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $24 and are available from the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office or at the door. For more information, call (507) 765-3874.