As a rising country music star with a couple of chart-topping hits, Easton Corbin has not forgotten his farm and FFA roots. He is giving back to FFA students during his current fall/winter tour across America.
He did so in mid-February in Holdrege, offering a free, hour-long early afternoon concert to 500 Nebraska FFAers before he performed at a sold-out concert at the Viaero Center in Kearney that night. When his tour ends, Corbin and The Band Perry will have performed for FFA members in 12 cities.
Corbin partnered with Chrysler Group's the Ram Truck brand in its "Year of the Farmer" campaign in 2013 "to thank the hard-working and dedicated FFA members for all they do to further the notion that there's a 'farmer in all of us' and that all of us have a role in reducing hunger issues in America." The campaign was begun by Ram Truck following the 2013 Super Bowl "Farmer" video, narrated by the late Paul Harvey.
The "Year of the Farmer" shined a spotlight on the contribution of American farm families through 12 months of programming aimed at raising awareness of and generating funds for FFA hunger relief efforts in local communities across America.
The effort was designed to generate $1 million for the National FFA, in collaboration with Case IH Agriculture, Farms.com and other partners. That amount was raised and delivered to FFA at its national convention in October 2013.
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Corbin is a native of Trenton, Fla., and grew up on his grandparents' farm following his parents' divorce. As a member of the local FFA chapter he showed cattle at livestock shows. He then attended the University of Florida and graduated with an agribusiness degree.
His publicist, Kris Marcy, is a native of Hay Spring.
Marcy says Corbin's first album in 2010 spawned the back-to-back hits, "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It," making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Corbin as the Top New Country artist of 2010.
The Holdrege FFA chapter and the Nebraska FFA Foundation sponsored his visit to the Tassel Performing Arts Center in Holdrege.