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Country singer supports Humboldt with proceeds from Empress concert

Country singer Donny Lee will donate a portion of ticket sales from his concert Friday, April 27 at the Empress Theatre to the Humboldt Broncos.

Fort Macleod residents will hear a tribute to the Humboldt Broncos on Friday, April 27 by an Alberta country singer.
Donny Lee, who is in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, will perform a song he wrote for the members of the Junior A hockey team killed and injured April 6 in a crash on a Saskatchewan highway.
Lee will donate a portion of ticket sales from Friday’s concert to the Humboldt Broncos.
“Part of the process of the music business is writers come up with lyrics and singers come up with songs,” Lee said. “My wife and I collaborated on this one.”
“We just wanted to let everyone know we were thinking about Humboldt, Sask. and the Broncos,” Lee said. “God bless everyone who is affected.”
Lee and his wife Shauna were in Nashville when they learned about the crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.
Shauna wrote the words and Donny developed the tune for 16 Souls, with proceeds going to Humboldt.
They wrote and recorded 16 Souls in about a day, fighting through the intense emotions that threatened to overcome them at times.
They recorded the song so quick in order to fulfill a request from the family of Adam Herold, at 16 the youngest player on the Broncos killed in the crash, so it could be available for his funeral the next day.
The funeral was held a day after what would have been Adam’s 17th birthday.
Lee will hit the Empress stage April 27 with his two-hour Nashville style concert titled “The Best Of Country Music with Donny Lee.”
Lee will perform the most requested country hit songs from his Nashville show featuring favourites from Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, George Strait and other country stars.
Lee will also perform a few of his own songs off of his latest album.
Lee will tell stories of his interesting experiences playing music in the famous honkytonks in Nashville.
Originally from Ontario, Lee has made Alberta his home for the past 25 years.
He has performed live country music since his early adult years and is writing and recording his own music in both Nashville and in Alberta.
Lee introduced his first release to Canadian country radio in March 2017 with Country Way Of Life off of his album Who I Am, made up of seven original songs.
He followed that single with That Would Be Me, released in September 2017.
His third release to come in 2018 is called Another Round Of You written by Blake Shelton’s writing team.