Country music songwriter and performing artist,Taylon Hope, hailing from West Jefferson, NC made her debut on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium on January 30 during her performance at The Dustin J. Wells Foundation’s The Gift of Music concert benefiting the W.O. Smith Music School and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Headlined by Dolly Parton with additional performances by Lee Greenwood, Lonestar, Collin Raye, T.G.Sheppard, Drew Baldridge, Abby Anderson, Artimus PyleBand, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Red Mountain Bluegrass Band, Brad and Maisy Stella and Scott Bass.
Since its inception in 2008, the benefit concert has had the support of some of music’s greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Peter Frampton, Ronnie Milsap, Gunnar Nelson, and many other generous and talented musicians who have donated their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of Dustin’s foundation.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Gift of Music concert will go to Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Established as a national identity in 2014,this charitable organization is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. For more information, go to www.scottcares.org.
Because of his strong love for music, donating to the W.O. Smith Music School is another way Dustin can be remembered, by sharing the “Gift of Music” with underprivileged children in our community. With the provision of free instruments and 50 centlessons, these young lives can continue to be changed, grown and enriched in memory of Dustin.
For more information, visit www.dustinwellsgiftofmusic.com.
About Taylon Hope:
Taylon Hope is a singer, songwriter, musician from West Jefferson, NC, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and now makes her home in Music City, Nashville, TN. Recently named of 20 to Watch in 2020 by Women of Country and hailed as “Very promising” by MusicRow music critic Robert K Oermann. She began singing at the young age of four years old and music has been her passion ever since. She loves singing and performing and making a difference to others through her music. Her musical influences include Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, among others. Taylon has a love for both traditional and modern Country Music and has a great appreciation for all kinds of music. Taylon Hope values her roots and believes in being who you are and country is who she is! She has had the opportunity to open shows for Shenandoah, T. Graham Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Adam Crabb, and recently in Kansas she opened up for Ned LeDoux, son of Chris LeDoux. She has performed at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Texas Troubadour Theatre, The Nashville Palace, John A’s, and Puckett’s, all in Nashville, TN. She has also performed at The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY, MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC and is a regular guest and performer at WBTV Channel 3 in Charlotte, NC. Taylon Hope is a signed artist for Dolly Parton’s DreamMore Resort and performs at her resort throughout the year. In the Summer of 2017, she completed a Summer Tour with Boot Barn and she continues to perform in their stores throughout the South. Taylon Hope performed as an invited guest at the CRS Radio Seminar and at CMA Fest last year in downtown Nashville, TN. Taylon loves giving back through her music and is an on-going performer at the Ronald McDonald house and is scheduled to begin working at St. Jude’s hospital with the children’s unit. Taylon Hope has been a guest on three occasions this past year on WSM Radio, the broadcast home of The Grand Ole Opry. Taylon continues to do on-going writer’s nights in downtown Nashville, TN. For more information visit her website: https://www.taylonhopemusic.com/
About The Dustin J. Wells Foundation:
The Dustin J. Wells Foundation honors the memory of a very special young man. After the loss of Dustin Jack Wells in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends searched for ways to keep his memory alive and allow his life to continue touching others. A fund was set up and the dollars collected are used for the sole purpose of reaching out to others in Dustin’s honor. Dustin J.Wells is the son of prominent Nashville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis Wells ofthe Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. For more information on Dr. Wellsor his practice visit www.drdenniswells.com.