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Country Chart-Topper Bryan White to Play Petree

Singer-songwriter Bryan White will perform the grandfinale of his “A Night to Remember Christmas Tour” at the Bass School of Musicof Oklahoma City University on Dec. 12, accompanied by OCU string players.

Sunday’s concert will begin at 4 p.m. in PetreeRecital Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance from;$25 at the door.

The first half of each show will feature White’schart-topping hits and songs from his 2009 album “Dustbowl Dreams,” which featuresOCU orchestral musicians on the title track. For the second half, White willplay Christmas originals and seasonal favorites. He has pressed a limitededition holiday album, with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as the opening track.

Two years after graduating from Putnam City West HighSchool in 1992, the Oklahoma native released his self-titled debut album. The following year,his singles “Someone Else’s Star” and “Rebecca Lynn” topped the country charts.His second album, “Between Now and Forever,” produced two more No 1 songs with “I’mNot Supposed to Love You Anymore” and “So Much for Pretending.”

White soon recorded two more No. 1 hits, earned twoplatinum and two gold records, joined Shania Twain on the duet “From ThisMoment On,” won the 1996 Country Music Association Horizon Award and the ’96Academy of Country Music top male vocalist title.

He contributed to the 1997 compilation “Amazing Grace2 — A Country Salute to Gospel,” which won the Grammy for best Southern countryor bluegrass gospel album.

 “My hope is to start a Christmas tour that becomeshopefully woven into the tradition of folks there in Oklahoma. If they like theshow and they have a great time, our hope is to continue this thing for howeverlong, maybe 20 years.”