LOCAL COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT TO BENEFIT AUTISM SPEAKS Up-and-coming country music stars come to Sussex County

            NEWTON – Team Miller, a family-based team for Walk Now for Autism Speaks – Greater Morris Area, is hosting a benefit concert featuring up-and-coming country music star Buddy Brown, and 17-year-old country artist Madeline Smith, of Somerset, at Kittatinny Regional High School onMay 16 at 7 p.m.

            Brown is a singer-songwriter from Mississippi, who released his EP, “Mason Jar,” on March 11and it debuted at #34 on iTunes for County albums. Brown is a YouTube sensation, and has played at major venues, including the Talladega Speedway for NASCAR. He was recently featured by USA Today, singing his song, “Take You Huntin’.”  He will release his second EP in late 2014 featuring his most popular song to date, “Stop When You See a Uniform,” a military song that has taken the internet by storm.

            Seventeen-year-old Madeline Smith will open the May 16 concert. Raised in New Jersey, Smith found her voice, put together a band, and started performing covers songs at age 15. At 16, she began working with Kent Wells in Nashville to produce her self-titled debut album in 2013.  In September, she released her single, “State of Mind,” to the UK and immediately went to #16 on the country charts. She was a performer and presenter at the British Country Music Awards in November. She has recently been asked to perform at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention in Salt Lake City in October 2014.

            The benefit concert begins at 7 p.m. on May 16. General admission is $20, while VIP tickets are $35. VIP access includes concert admission with VIP seating, a meet-and-greet with Buddy Brown and Madeline Smith at 6 p.m., and a copy of Brown’s newest album release, “Mason Jar.” Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks through the Walk Now for Autism Speaks – Greater Morris Area event. For tickets and information about the event, visit www.uncommongrape.com/concert.html or email Christy at christy111286@yahoo.com.  Event sponsorships are available.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. Autism Speaks strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: an works to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Team Miller is committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. For more information, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

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