Montgomery to headline firefighters’ concert
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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John Michael Mont-gomery will be helping the local firefighters  — Cleveland Firefight-er’s Association and Chattanooga Professional Firefighters — by headline a fundraising concert Friday at Chattanooga’s Memorial Auditorium.
John Michael Mont-gomery will be helping the local firefighters — Cleveland Firefight-er’s Association and Chattanooga Professional Firefighters — by headline a fundraising concert Friday at Chattanooga’s Memorial Auditorium.
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“I remember when I was in the second grade and the teacher gave us all a fireman coloring book, and whoever colored it the best got to go hang out at the fire station with the firemen,” said John Michael Montgomery.

Montgomery will be performing at Chattanooga’s Memorial Auditorium next Friday.

Montgomery said he won the coloring contest and got to ride in a fire truck as his prize.

He will be performing to raise money for the Cleveland Firefighter’s Association and Chattanooga Professional Firefighters who work to educate as well as help victims who suffered residential fires.

“I got to ride in the fire truck, slide down the pole, spray water out of the hose and several other things that made a huge impression on me.

After that I’d go into the boys’ restroom and try and sound like a fire truck siren. The acoustics in there were awesome!” Montgomery said.

“I’ll never forget that,” he added.

Montgomery, who started performing with his family band and then evolved into a multimillion album seller, has produced 36 hit singles and a number of other distinctions.

Montgomery’s song, “Life’s a Dance” was the break-out song which led to 15 No. 1 hits, 18 Top-10s, four Academy of Country Music Awards and two Billboard Country Singles of the Year distinctions.

Since his career began in the 1990s, Montgomery has sold more than 18 million albums.

“Songs like ‘I Swear,’ ‘I Love the Way You Love Me’ and “‘I Can Love You Like That’ still resonate across the landscape,” according to his biography.

Montgomery hasn’t written about firemen, but he did perform a song about an auction where he had his eye on a girl in the crowd. “Sold” was a big hit for the man whose songs typically speak of love or cowboys.

Montgomery will be joined by Morgan Frazier.

Frazier began her career at the age of 7 when she wrote “Gates of Heaven.” She has made her way from Texas to Nashville.

Frazier turned 18 and continues to work toward Country Music stardom, writing her songs and performing and recording with Curb Records.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Memorial Auditorium Ticket Line at 423-899-4990.