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Oso Landslide Victims Benefit – Chance McKinney

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set "selfie"
Chance McKinney Oso Landslide Victims Benefit @ Tulalip Resort Casino

Chance McKinney Oso Landslide Victims Benefit @ Tulalip Resort Casino

On April 4th, something “magical” happened.  The tragedy that occurred on March 22nd in Oso, WA (Arlington/Darrington/Oso Area) has led to an unprecedented outpouring of support from the surrounding areas of WA, not to mention other parts of the United States.  In less than 2 weeks time, over 100 benefits/fundraisers/donations have taken place.  We’d like to focus on one in particular.

The Oso Landslide Victims Benefit featuring Chance McKinney (& Ron Stubbs) was held on Friday, April 4th at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, WA (a neighboring city to Oso in WA).  The concert was “Chance McKinney idea with a whole lotta Tulalip Resort Casino elbow grease” says McKinney.  In an interview with KOMO News – ABC 4 (Seattle, WA), McKinney spoke about the speed with which it went from “idea” to “reality.”

Chance McKinney "stage dives" with the crowd at Tulalip Resort Casino

Chance McKinney “stage dives” with the crowd at Tulalip Resort Casino

“I literally brought it up over a conference call with the planners/directors of the casino and the Tulalip Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series as we were discussing options for the upcoming season.  Of the folks around the table, I was directed to Shane Warbus (Operations Manager for Food & Beverage Services).  He picked up the phone as our meeting came to a close and we chatted about the possibility of hosting a Oso Benefit at the casino with less than one week’s time to plan it.  I figured I’d get the idea (albeit a good one), shoved back in my face considering the amount of work it was going to take to pull it off successfully.  That, however, was NOT the response I got.”

Within the hour, Warbus and McKinney were on the phone again for the 2nd time after running the idea up the flagpole (or totem, if you’d prefer) on both ends.  There was nothing but positive response from both camps.  “As we began, I apologized to Shane.  Man, I’m sooooo sorry for all the additional work I’ve created.  How are you gonna fit this in on top of your normal, overflowing responsibilities in operations?  He responded with a ‘doesn’t matter Chance.  It’s the cause that matters.'”

Two days later, the event artwork was complete, social networking posts were lined up, extra staffing for the concert was secured, all the paperwork had been filled out, special guests had been contacted and it was ready to “go public.”  Chance made the announcement first on http://www.facebook.com/ChanceMcKinneyMusic which soon followed on Twitter (@ChanceMcKinney), Instagram and more.  Within 3 hours, over 20,000 people online had seen the event.  “After 3 hours of the #Oso #Landslide #Victims #Benefit being posted, I received an email from the GM of Seattle Wolf asking if we’d like help promoting it.  I bet it took less than an hour after I responded before the Wolf had PSA’s runnin’ to help us push” gushed McKinney.

By the time the Tulalip sent out the press release and they started promoting it through social networking, the concert was pushing 40,000 views on Facebook alone.  They even started receiving donations days before the event started.  Warbus said “we put out a flier, nothing official, just a computer copied paper to some of our patrons at the casino to let them know we’d be doing a $20 Admission on a normally ‘free Friday’ night and what the benefit was for.  Little did we know we’d be collecting funds on the spot.”

Friday the 4th came…  Social networks were abuzz… KOMO – ABC 4 was there to cover the event “live.”  McKinney told us later that “I remember passing by the front entrance on the way backstage when one of the gals handed me a slip of paper saying we’d already reached $6500 in donations” before the concert even began.  “I took the slip with me and showed the guys before we even took the stage.  Our goal of $10,000 was within reach.  We were buzzing with excitement by that time.”

As Ron Stubbs (Grammy nominated hypnotist) finished up his act and brought Chance on, the Tulalip Canoes Cabaret was no less packed than a normal Friday night only this time… it wasn’t free to get in ($20 Admission/Donation required) and people were on fire.  Literally, “when Chance hit the stage at 9:30 there was a palpable buzz in the crowd.”  Stubbs continued with “you’d have thought I was bringing on Elvis, or Garth with the response he got.”

By the end of the first set, Chance, his band, Stubbs and the Tulalip we’re all smiles with an accumulated donation surpassing $10,000.  So much so, there’s a $10,000 “selfie” they took backstage floating around online somewhere that’s the talk of the town. (Photo courtesy of @ChanceMcKinney Instagram Feed)

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set "selfie"

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set “selfie”

“Folks were literally throwing money up on stage” says McKinney.  “I spent 4 hours on stage that night and only managed to sing 22 songs.  Normally, we’d do anywhere from 45-50 songs in a night, but with folks handing me twenties, hundreds and whatever change they had on ’em I spent more time collecting dollars than performing.”

“I’ve never been a part of anything like that.  Never.  Just off the top of my head I remember money coming in from all the surrounding Washington communities (Arlington, Darrington, Mukilteo, Marysville, Everett, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Seattle, etc.) and some unexpected out of state donations.  There was a guy there from my hometown of Missoula, MT that must’ve thrown at least 6 or 7 hundred dollar bills on stage.  I remember a gal from Washington, Georgia… a guy from Arlington, Texas and others from Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and so many other states I think I’ve forgotten.”

In all, McKinney and the Tulalip collected $16,007.48 by night’s end.  100% of that went straight to Oso Victims.  “We actually searched around for an organization that had no overhead.  We wanted every single penny to make it to the folks who needed it.” (Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/ChanceMcKinneyMusic)

Shane Warbus (Tulalip Resort Casino) & Chance McKinney congratulate each other after April 4th Oso Landslide Victims Benefit concert on a $16,000 donation.

Shane Warbus (Tulalip Resort Casino) & Chance McKinney congratulate each other after April 4th Oso Landslide Victims Benefit concert on a $16,000 donation.

“I’ve tried to explain to people what happened that night, but it always comes out shy of the truth.  How often can you really say that?  I mean, most of us spend our whole lives over exaggerating, but that night can’t be explained without under exaggerating.  The outpouring of human generosity.  The looks in people’s eyes when they handed over money or told their story. The willingness to take care of those in genuine need.  Those are the things I’ll take away and remember for the rest of my life.”

Chance McKinney and Tulalip Resort Casino Donate $16,000 to Oso Victims

Chance McKinney and Tulalip Resort Casino Donate $16,000 to Oso Victims


Q13 Fox… Lily Jang’s NEW Bio

Chance McKinney and Paul Schille will be special guests on Q13 Fox News in The Morning Friday, October 21st with Lily Jang in the 9am hour.  We, here at Chance McKinney Music, would like to take this opportunity to re-write Lily’s Bio.  We’re pretty sure it’s the way it was “supposed” to be written until the Q13 higher-ups got a hold of it and edited it down to what it is now.

Old Bio:

Lily Jang of Q13 News in the Morning

MorningLily joined Q13 FOX News as co-anchor for Q13 FOX News This Morning in May of 2004. Lily brings to her position significant television experience in reporting and anchoring, providing continuing coverage of the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, 9/11, the War in Iraq and was live on the air during the capture of Saddam Husssein.

Prior to joining Q13 FOX News, Lily was an anchor/reporter for Northwest Cable News. Before moving to Seattle, she was an anchor/reporter for WIAT – TV in Birmingham, Alabama and prior to that she was an anchor/reporter for KFDA – TV in Amarillo, Texas. Her most memorable assignment was the Oprah Winfrey vs. Cattlemen trial where she got to meet her icon.

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Lily managed to spend 23 years of her life in the Southwest without ever attending a rodeo, owning a cowboy hat or riding a horse. She enjoys the gorgeous Seattle summers, trying out new sushi restaurants, mountain biking, belting out karaoke tunes, and travel and exploring new places around the Northwest.

Lily graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin and is long-time member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She’s also fluent in Cantonese and Vietnamese. If you’d like to send Lily an email, feel free to do so at ljang@tribune.com.

NEW “improved” Bio:

Lily Jang, of Chance McKinney Music

Lily joined Q13 FOX News This Morning in May of 2004 and became part of the Chance McKinney “movement” in Spring 2009. Lily brings to her position significant television experience in reporting and anchoring, providing continuing coverage of the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, 9/11, the War in Iraq and McKinney’s meteoric rise in the country music industry

Prior to joining Q13 FOX News and Chance McKinney Music (her true passion), Lily was a lost soul searching for meaning. Upon moving to Seattle, dear friend Heather R. (no last names, must protect the innocent) informed Lily of Chance’s CMT win and how his music spoke to the “real” American.  Lily, being the news-hound of a reporter she is, smelled a story (or something very close to being a story… or just a big pile of steaming $#@%,  It was hard to tell the difference, especially where Chance was involved) and became a leader in the “Industrialized Country” underground.

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Lily managed to spend 23 years of her life in the Southwest without ever attending a Chance McKinney concert, a rodeo, owning a cowboy hat or riding a horse… which she regrets very much.

 
She enjoys the gorgeous Seattle summers (as does CM), trying out new sushi restaurants (as does CM), mountain biking (as doesn’t CM), belting out karaoke tunes (as did CM), and travel and exploring new places around the Northwest (ever been to Enumclaw? Hermiston? Tremonton?).
 
Lily graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin.  She has “hkemhrns” on her license plate and drives a burn orange BMW.  She is a long-time member of the Asian American Journalists Association and an honorary member in the Bremerton FFA. She’s fluent in Cantonese, Vietnamese and Pacific Northwest Redneck. If you’d like to send Lily an email, feel free to do so at ljang@tribune.comOr just spit on the back of an envelope with an “I love Lily” note on the inside and snail mail it to Fox Studios, Seattle, WA.

And that’s another, Cougar, First “Chance”

McKinney heads back for Homecoming 2011 WSU v. Stanford

Sometime early in the Summer of 2011, Chance received two calls in the same day from an old fling.  Nahhh, it wasn’t one of those un-welcomed kinda awkward, silent calls you’d expect.  It was good news… no, make that great news!  See, Chance moved from Missoula, MT to Pullman, WA straight out of high school to attend the closest Pac-10  (now Pac-12) school and compete for Washington State University’s perennial powerhouse of a track team.  She beckoned him, lured him in and has held a place in his heart since graduating 10 years ago.   Well, “she” called.  And when your first love calls, you can’t help but pick up the phone and see what she wants and how she’s doin’… right?!

But before we get to that, we need a little context to the story…

Summer 2010.  Chance is on a Southwest Airlines flight makin’ a stop in Boise before heading onto Seattle to meet up with Blake Shelton for a week’s worth of shows up n’ down the coast of Washington State and Oregon.  He’s still tryin’ to comprehend the CMT win, the CMT Studio 330 session (recorded with Reba McEntire and Steel Magnolia), tour dates with Dwight Yoakam, Jamie O’Neal, Grand Funk Railroad and all the dates (including Blake, Luke Bryan, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special) yet to come.  On that flight sat a girl who struck up a conversation with him talkin’ of her internship at the capital in Boise for the summer, until she returned back to WSU in the Fall (see where this is heading?).

Anyway, that girl… let’s call her DB (to protect her identity) happen to also be finishing her Masters and working for the WSU Athletic Department after completing her scholarship in swimming the year prior.  She asked what “what do you do?”  Chance, still not accustomed to sayin’… “well, I sing for a livin'” told her he was a former high school math teacher who just happened to be in the right place at the right time recently and ended up out on tour with some of her favorite acts (luck of the draw, she was a country fan).  They made introductions, realized they were both Cougar Alumni and chatted about Pullman and athletic careers for a bit.  DB got off the plane, Chance went onto Seattle, tour schedule got busy… add another new friend on the new career path.

Chance McKinney heads back to Homecoming 2011 WSU v. Stanford

Skip ahead to Fall of 2010.  Chance gets an email from DB… actually DB’s boss (then Director of Marketing) in the WSU Athletic Dept inquiring about shows and what it would take (logistics-wise) to get him back to his stomping grounds.  Emails bounce back n’ forth, ground work is laid, and the picture starts to take shape.

Now, back to Summer of 2011 and the “tw0-call” day.  The editor of WSU’s Alumni Magazine calls asking if he can do a review and write an article on former All-American Javelin Thrower, now country singer, Chance McKinney.  On the same day, WSU Director of Marketing calls asking if Chance would be interested in performing at some point during the upcoming football season.  Not bad, the ol’ fling still has a little interest… umm how ’bout yes, and yes.

So, here’s the result of a 45-minute SWA flight sittin’ next to a former WSU Alum…

October 15th, 2011.  Homecoming Weekend.  WSU v. Stanford.  Chance McKinney and the CrossWire boys will be performing at the Pre-Game Rally as the Cougs try to knock of the #4 nationally ranked Cardinal of Stanford.  CMCW will do a pre-game show in Hollingbery Fieldhouse from 2:30 – 4:00pm and then Chance has a little surprise at halftime for the 35,000+ fans there ready to support the Cougars of Washington State!

Think Pullman is ready for a little “Industrialized Country?”  Think WSU and Chance have a nice little recipe for success in the future?  Yeah, that’s what we think too!


Kenny Chesney back in Washington

Chance McKinney and CrossWire have been goin’, goin’, goin’ and this week is no exception.  Coming off a week of shows in Oregon, the CMCW boys head back to Washington for a run at some good weather and great shows.  Yes, we’re fully aware that Kenny Chesney will be in town on Friday Night at the Tacoma Dome and yes, we know we have a show scheduled for that night as well.  Hmmm, Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire… Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire?  As you ponder which you’d choose why not make it easy and just do both?!

Thursday Night (7/21):  Let us get you geared up just a little Northeast of the Tacoma Dome in Kent, WA at the “Thursdays at the Lake” Concert Series in Meridian Park.

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July 21 – Chance McKinney & Crosswire

CMT Award Winner, Chance McKinney was recently dubbed CMT’s #1 “unsigned” Country

Artist in the Nation. He has opened for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George

Strait, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, and Brooks n’ Dunn. This up and coming band’s

“Industrialized Country” is a blend of country, rock, metal and soul.

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street

 

artist’s website           video

http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/content.aspx?id=2972

 

Friday Night (7/22):  Kenny Chesney Night!  However, in case you don’t have tickets OR Tacoma is just too far to drive we’ll be at the beautiful Tulalip Casino Resort with south Puget Sound’s own Robbie Walden opening at 8pm.  We’ll be your Kenny Chesney Alternate… or, possibly your Kenny Chesney Chaser!  Come on by the Casino on your way back from the Kenny Chesney concert and let us finish off the night for you.  If you look at it that way, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are opening up the night and Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire are closin’ it out!

The biggest benefit to the CMCW show at the Tulalip… is that the Tulalip is pickin’ up the bill.  No cover charge.  This claim cannot also be made about the Kenny Chesney concert.  Last we saw, tickets we’re goin’ for $375 each in the front floor section on stubhub.  So, if you’re lookin’ for a good “after party” for Kenny or you’re runnin’ low on scratch… we’ve got you covered.

http://www.tulalipcasino.com/events.aspx

 

Saturday Night (7/23):  IF, somehow, you haven’t manage your “country fix” after Thursday AND Friday then the HARD ROCK CAFE in downtown Seattle, WA welcomes Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire back to the stage.  It ain’t easy breakin’ country into new venues… especially when the title of the place is “hard rock”, but we’re doin’ our best.  Bring a group downtown and leave a little redneck mark on Seattle’s premier “live” music venue!  The better the boys do, the more likely the HRC will have ’em back to the most centralized meeting spot for all the Puget Sound country fans.

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Hard Rock Cafe Seattle

Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 10:00 PM PDT (9:00 PM Doors)
Hard Rock Cafe – Seattle, Seattle, WA
21 years and over


Utah… Utah… Washington…

July 16th, 2010
July 16th, 2010

Chance McKinney of CMCW at the Sandy Amphitheatre in Utah 2010

Chance and the boys of CrossWire are at it again.  Coming off a week in Washington with Dwight Yoakam, they’ll head down to Utah for 2 shows and then finish off Father’s Day Weekend with a show back in Washington.  “Yes, it’s busy, but it’s that time of year when we get to get OUT and see folks all over the West.  We’re not bundled up inside doin’ shows only on weekends in 21 and older joints.  To be honest, it’s my favorite time of year and favorite types of shows,” says Chance.

This Friday, the CMCW boys will hit the Uintah Valley playing Tabiona, UT at the Tabby Valley Centenial Park.  Opening act, Blue Saige, will take the stage at 6:30pm with Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire to follow.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.

Saturday night, the fellas will head down the road a stretch to South Jordan Utah to play CountryFest at the South Jordan City Park in South Jordan, UT.  Chance n’ CrossWire will headline Saturday night at 8:30pm right up until the fireworks begin at 10pm.  Local group, Vocalocity will open the show and get the crowd fired up for the CMCW boys.

Sunday mornin’ they fly to Marysville, WA for the Strawberry Festival.  Callie Cash will open the show and Chance will close it out from 2pm to 4pm on what we hope is a beautiful northwest day!

A “busy” week to say the least, but it’s what they do… it’s what they love.

Shows on the Horizon:

June 17th, Tabiona, UT

June 18th, South Jordan, UT

June 19th, Marysville, WA

June 24th, Shelton, WA (with Charlie Pride)

June 25th, Shelton, WA (with Charlie Pride)

July 15th, Portland, OR

July 16th, Roseburg, OR

July 21st, Kent, WA

July 22nd, Tulalip, WA

July 23rd, Seattle, WA

August 6th, Anaconda, MT (with Mark Chestnutt)

August 9th, Missoula, MT

August 10th, Bend, OR (with Dierks Bentley)

August 12th, Chelan, WA (with Dierks Bentley)

August 13th, North Bend, WA

August 14th, Arlington, WA (with Eden’s Edge, Sunny Sweeney, David Nail & Gloriana)

August 20th, Brownsville, OR (with Sunny Sweeney, Steve Azar, Phil Vassar & Alan Jackson)