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MICHAEL W. SMITH HEADLINES FRANKLIN THEATRE BENEFIT

The legendary Franklin Theatre today announced Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith is volunteering his talent for a Green Nights concert on August 6 to benefit the historic landmark.

Smith will play the 300-seat venue as part of the new Green Nights concert series that will help sustain the nonprofit Franklin Theatre for future generations. Tickets to “Green Nights Presents Michael W. Smith” start at $50 and are on sale July 6 at www.franklintheatre.com.

“Green Nights is a special way for world-class artists to join us in preserving the heart of downtown Franklin’s Main Street,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, which restored the theater. “We are incredibly grateful to Michael W. Smith for his talent and his commitment to our community.”

With 44 GMA Dove Awards, three Grammys and more than 15 million in sales to his credit, Smith pioneered the Christian music genre and is one of the most respected ambassadors for faith-infused music worldwide. His latest album, “Wonder,” is a 12-song project that grapples with the disparities of life in the modern age.

In honor of Smith’s contribution to the Franklin Theatre, the Heritage Foundation will plant a legacy tree in a public space in Williamson County — a nod to the Green Nights philosophy of giving back to the community and the environment that we all care about. Previous Green Nights artists include Vince Gill and Amy Grant.

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre is re-opened to the public on June 3 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

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