SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2107-8:00PM

 Richie McDonald will be performing at the Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson, MO~August 13th. For ticket information call (417) 339-3003

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Richie McDonald, lead singer of Lonestar, performed at the open house for Jackson Christian. Jackson ChristianLater, he performed an acoustic concert of Lonestar’s biggest hits and holiday music in the school’s main gym, an event open to all members of the Jackson Christian community.

McDonald visited the school in October. Afterward, he said he wanted to come back and give a free concert, Benton said.

The Lead Campaign, a three-year initiative, has reached the $2 million mark of its $3.3 million goal, said Mark Benton, president of the school, at the event for donors and board members.

The campaign will contribute to the middle and high school expansion, to soccer and tennis complexes, to a theater room, a science lab and other classrooms.

“The purpose [of the open house] is to celebrate what God has done on this campus and to thank the people who’ve given sacrificially,” Benton said.



Richie McDonald has made some tough decisions when it comes to his music career but rejoining Lonestar wasn't one of them.In 2007 McDonald chose to walk away from Lonestar, at the time one of the top groups in country music, to spend more time with his young family. He traded the days of 150 nights on the road for the duties of a stayat-home dad.

While he did work as a solo artist - he released I Turned To You, a gospel album, in 2008 and Slowdown, in 2010 - McDonald focused on his life with his wife Lorie and his three children.

Lonestar continued to tour and record with Cody Collins stepping into Mc-Donald's role as lead singer. But some reflection by Mc-Donald led to him reaching out to his former bandmates in 2010 and eventually rejoining the band in 2011.

New country duo Haley & Michaels found themselves writing a love song about love songs with Richie McDonald of Lonestar. McDonald sang one of the best country love songs of all time and it’s safe to say ‘Amazed’ more than inspired ‘Just Another Love Song.’ The group explains in this video exclusive to Taste of Country.

‘Just Another Love Song’ borrows lyrics from ‘Amazed,’ an idea that McDonald bashfully brought to the table. ”We went through all these other songs, and finally went back and said ‘Yeah, let’s write about ‘Amazed” and that’s how this song came about.”

“I don’t know how you do what you’re doing here / You sang ‘Baby I’m Amazed’ in my ear / Now every time it comes on / It’s just another, just another love song,” the duo sing at the chorus.

Firehouse Subs proudly presents 'An Evening with Richie McDonald,' lead singer for country supergroup Lonestar.   The concert will benefit People First of Henry County, a non-profit organization that supports special needs families.

2014 American Idol finalist, Madelyn Patterson and her band will kick off the show at 7 pm followed by Richie McDonald.  Richie will be performing all your old favorites as well as some new songs. He will share the stories behind the songs for an evening you won't want to miss.  Tickets are available at Firehouse Subs in McDonough, Stockbridge and Griffin, GA as well as Jackson Drugs in Jackson.




The lead singer of Lonestar made a special appearance at the Lubbock Independent School District convocation Thursday, surprising many in the audience.

Richie McDonald, a 1981 graduate of Coronado High School, is a longtime friend and former roommate of LISD’s new superintendent Berhl Robertson — the reason the singer agreed to a private performance for district staff. McDonald sang his 2011 hit “Footprints on the Moon” at the piano accompanied by a select group of 60 LISD choir students.

“It was real personal and emotional to both of us,” Robertson said. He remembers talking with McDonald 25 years ago about their respective passions for education and music. They never thought they’d be acting out their dreams together.

For McDonald, the convocation was a chance to see the tables turned. In a phone interview Thursday, the singer said he knows Robertson has been following his career for years, but Thursday gave him an opportunity to see and experience his old friend’s accomplishments first hand.

“For me to come back and to see Berhl up there in front of the whole LISD and give his speech — it made me proud to be a part of it,” McDonald said. ”He’s worked hard to get to where he is at. He’s LISD’s superintendent, but to me he’s just one of my best friends. He’s just a good guy — a real person. I just wanted to come back and show my support.”

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