LUMBERTON —Brittney McLamb is relatively familiar with Lumberton, located just 45 minutes to the southwest of her hometown of Salemburg, but she will be making her first appearance on the stage of the iconic Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater on March 12.
McLamb is an aspiring country-music singer with a unique blend of powerhouse vocals and a grassroots sound who was immersed in country and gospel music from a young age.
“I grew up watching Hee Haw, listening to Alabama and Randy Travis tapes in my mama’s old, white Monte Carlo and watching early 1990s country music videos that my sisters recorded on our VCR,” she said.
By the time she was a student at Lakeview High, she had signed with a local talent agency that placed her as a performer on classic live television shows such as “Arthur Smith’s Carolina Calling” and the “The Jimmy Snow Gospel Hour,” where she traveled to Nashville to perform on the show, and she was well on her way to attaining her dream of being an entertainer.
That journey brings her to Lumberton next month — alongside headliner Charles Kelley, one of super band Lady Antebellum’s trio of singers, and William Michael Morgan, also a young talent who hails from Vicksburg, Miss.
The event is being presented by WKML radio and the Carolina Civic Center to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Stepping outside of one of the world’s most popular groups, Kelley — a seven-time Grammy award-winner along with Lady Antebellum — explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in a group setting. “The Driver” serves as the lead single from his upcoming first-ever solo release and was born in a ratty studio in the back of producer Paul Worley’s office.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, with first arrived first seated. Tickets can be purchased in person or by telephone with credit card or cash from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through our administrative offices on the Theater’s second floor (use the Fourth Street entrance), or by calling the theater at 910-738-4339, Ext. 106. The Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to a performance.