Meet The Family
Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are a lot of country music lovers, but none that love it more than Tim Spears. Spears has been singing, writing and performing since the age of 11. While other children were out playing at all the family gatherings, he was inside listeni ng to his dad and uncle sing all those old country songs - and between each song they would play, he would try to get a free guitar lesson from anyone who would show him anything. At the age of 17, Spears went to a high-school talent show, in the heart of the rock 'n roll era, and performed his rendition of "Easy Lovin'," and in the process received his first standing ovation. At this point, he knew country music would be his life's ambition. Spears, born on Christmas Day, still lives in his hometown of Waynesboro, Va., and has gained the respect and admiration of a town he really loves. The owner of Tim Spears Music City, a thriving Downtown Waynesboro music store, Spears is also the co-host of "Virginia Dreams Center Stage," a television show in its fourth season on WHSV-TV3 in nearby Harrisonburg, Va., which will make its national-television debut on RFD-TV in January.
"Just a few short years ago, I would have never dreamed of being on national television doing what I love to do," said Spears, who in addition to "Virginia Dreams Center Stage" is scheduled to do the "Shotgun Red Variety Show" in January 2012, an appearance on "Larry's Country Diner" in Feb. 2012, and also has appeared on The Nashville Network (TNN), The "Governor's Palace" in Pigeon Forge, performed on the "Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnite Jamboree," "Gibson Showcase", "Country Today," as well as the "Nashville Cowboy Church" and the "Pigeon Forge Cowboy Church" . "Virginia Dreams Center Stage" hitting the big time is a dream come true, and it's important to Spears that he does things the right way. Spears calls his music "Positive Country and Gospel Music," and he has had the pleasure of performing his music live with the likes of Sissy Spacek, Christopher Reeve, The Statler Brothers, George Jones, Conway Twitty, John Anderson, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Sylvia, John Conlee, T. Graham Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune, Linda Davis, Janie Fricke, David Ball, Ricochet, Michael Twitty, Lil' Roy Lewis, Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Reno, Buddy Jewell, Ben "Cooter" Jones, Larry Stephenson, Exile and numerous others.
Spears also wrote and produced a hit song on NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., "Goodbye Dale," that sold by the thousands Stateside and internationally without backing or promotion from a major label. His newest CD release, "Satisfaction," on the Virginia Dreams Records label, is a collection of songs that track his evolution as a singer/songwriter, delving into topics including the parallel careers of himself and country superstar Alan Jackson and the ongoing debate over abortion.
Spears, also has two other released CD's recorded in Nashville entitled "Goodbye Dale" and "All In The Song". Spears, is now working in the Virginia Dreams Studio on his new release to be out in the summer of 2012.
Children and their well-being are very important to Spears. Each year for the last 30 years, with the last 4 of the 30 years VDCS has joined in ~ he has promoted a benefit concert for children from which 100 percent of the profits go to the needy children of the Waynesboro and Augusta County area. As of 2011, the Tim Spears' Christmas Fund has donated more than $300,000 to help make the Christmas dreams of local needy children come true.
Now one of Spears' dreams is coming true. With the help of Nelson and Rose Swartz, the owners of the Harrisonburg Auto Mall and the driving forces behind "Virginia Dreams Center Stage," the TV show is ready to hit the big time on RFD-TV and its 42 million subscribers. Spears is quoted saying " I am very honored to be a part of the RFD TV family, they have been a jewel to work with!" "I can never thank Nelson and Rose enough for the enormous opportunity they have giving my career, not only for myself but for all the artists they are generously sharing the television show with in the Valley along with the Nashville talent. I can never thank them enough, not only the opportunity to sing and share my writing ability with the world but to travel with Nelson and Miss Rose along with Tammy making precious memories that will last a lifetime. Again, I can not express the gratitude to Nelson and Rose Swartz along with the sponsor HarrisonburgAutoMall.com enough for this amazing dream come true," Spears said.
Spears has a very unique style all his own, that has won the praises of many of country's stars today. If you enjoy country music, you will enjoy Spears ! Spears, along with the other Virginia Stars can be seen on RFD TV Sunday nights @ 7:30 PM & again on Thursday nights @ 6:30 PM starting January 1, 2012. Enjoy their Dreams as they come true and watch for more magic to happen on the stage.
"Virginia Dreams Center Stage" CHANNEL: RFD-TV
WHEN: Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Repeat on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
MORE DETAILS: www.TimSpears.com
Dear Virginia Dreams Fans,
If you could see inside my heart right now, you would see excitement that is overflowing with blessings from God that is topped with my love for music. Never in a million years did I dream of being in your homes each week right before "Hee Haw".
As a child I would watch "Hee Haw" with my Granddaddy and dream of being on the show. Now I am on a show leading into the most famous country music show in history. My Granddaddy would be proud!
Well, I have to say I am proud of Tammy for standing behind me and helping me acquire my dream. Nelson and Rose for breathing new life into my music career ! Thanks to everyone who has devoted time to my music, and one day I hope to meet each and every one of you to personally thank you for your support ! Until then it means a lot to me that you are taking the time to read about me and my friends on VDCS.
I value my fans and your support for my music, our show along with our sponsor HarrisonburgAutoMall.com. We look forward to bringing you outstanding talent from our local area and Nashville stars.
My dream is that you, our fans, enjoy our show that Nelson and Rose along with Harrisonburg Auto Mall have delivered to your home. For that half-hour in your life, I hope we fill your heart with joy, you have a toe-tapping good time, and you can not wait to tune in next week.
Again, Thanks for watching our show and for being a fan.
Remember, A Dream Can Come True!
God Bless... Tim Spears
Representing the Children and the Christmas Fund, Spears has received countless acknowledgements from Senators, City officials for his outstanding contributions as a volunteer. The most touching to his heart was receiving a Letter from the then Governor George Allen from the State of Virginia commending him for his outstanding citizenship and volunteering for the State.
It is An Honor to be on VDCS that is the most rewarding of all Awards!
- Chrysler Motors Country Music Invitational
- Wrangler Country Show Down
- Lowes Country Show Down
- South Boston Speedway Male Vocalist
- Male Vocalist Virginia Folk Music Association
- WKDW Battle Of The Bands Award
- 1990 Big Brother Big Sisters Music Opry Award
- 1991 Big Brother Big Sisters Music Opry Award
- 1992 Big Brother Big Sisters Music Opry Award
- 1992 Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen Award
- 1993 Big Brother Big Sisters Music Opry Award
- 1994 Big Brother Big Sisters Music Opry Award
- 1997 Humanity Award
- 1998 Outstanding Citizen Award
- 2001 Rotary Club Service Award
- 2007 Humanitarian Award
Emma Leigh is a 14-year old, up-and-coming singer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Former Statler Brother and Hall of Fame member, Jimmy Fortune has said of her, “Emma has pipes! If she wants it, this girl will be a star. Her song, “Daddy's Little Girl” is one of the best I have heard in a long time. It made me cry!” Country star and Grammy winner, Linda Davis, recently said this of Emma, “Emma Leigh has a SUPER voice! If she wants, she can go far in country music!”
A charismatic performer and powerful vocalist, Emma has had a “dream come true” journey since being discovered at the age of 11, singing in a musical revue at a local youth theatre. Since then, she has become the youngest cast member of the “Virginia Dreams Center Stage” TV Show, currently airing on the RFD-TV cable network. She is also the youngest artist on the Virginia Dreams Record label and has completed her debut CD entitled, “I Wanna Be Rich”.
In the summer of 2011, Emma had the honor of opening for Chris Young at the Rockingham County Fair in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Emma has also appeared with famed artists such as Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Ricochet, Janie Fricke, Buddy Jewell, David Ball, Ronnie McDowell, T. Graham Brown, Helen Cornelius, David Frizzell, Micheal Twitty, Nothin' Fancy, Lil' Roy Lewis, Ronnie Reno, and Rhonda Vincent. She has also opened shows for Randy Travis, Wilson-Fairchild, and Country super-group, Exile, along with the other cast members of Virginia Dreams Center Stage.
Emma regularly appears at the Virginia Junior Opry, the River City Radio Hour, and other events/venues in the US from Tennessee to Maryland. Internationally, Emma has performed in Europe, appearing as a featured solo artist in Switzerland and France with the French-American Gospel Music Workshop Exchange, including a concert in Paris. Emma has also had the thrill of performing in major Nashville venues such as “The Nashville Palace”, “Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge”, “The Commodore”, “Cadillac Ranch”, “Rippy's”, and “Belcourt Taps and Tapas”.
With her continuing growth as a musician, Emma has begun to play guitar in her live performances, as well as wowing crowds with her ever-expanding saxophone talents. Her development as a guitarist has led to Emma signing her first major endorsement deal, as she has become a member of Daisy Rock Guitar's community of artists.Emma enjoys performing for her fans and thanks you all for your support!
From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia comes one of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass genre, "Nothin Fancy". As a matter of fact, they won the SPBGMA's award for Entertaining Group of the Year 3 times in a row!
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Rebecca "Becca" Gogue, has established herself as a vocal songbird that can belt out a song with a voice that is as powerful as it is recognizable. She has the power behind the vocals to deliver a song that will send cold chills down your spine. Becca has based her career on dedication, passion and commitment to her music. Combined with her unparalleled vocal talents and style in with her pageantry talent, you have a powerhouse of talent waiting to explode on Virginia Dreams Stage.
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The Dream Team
Here is the new band for Virginia Dreams Center Stage. Great guys and great musicians ! We all look forward to working with them ! From L to R - Allen Bright "AT" (Steel), David Hazlett (Bass), Samson Harrell (Keys), Tony Conner (Guitar), and Randall "Hollywood" Jolly (Drums) aka The Dream Team . Welcome to Virginia Dreams guys !