John Berry is coming home for the holidays.
“I’m originally from Aiken. I have a lot of family that come to my shows in Augusta,” said Berry, who will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Imperial Theatre.
Berry, who recently released his 25th album, Real Man, Real Life, Real God, will present a mix of the country tunes he’s known for as well as beloved Christmas songs at his Augusta concert.
Berry has been in the music business for more than three decades. His song Your Love Amazes Me topped the charts and garnered him a Grammy nomination in the mid-1990s. Other hits include Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, I Think About It All the Time, Change My Mind, If I Had Any Pride Left at All, Kiss Me in the Car, What’s in It for Me and You and Only You.
But it was his rendition of O Holy Night, released in 1995, that has become the favorite song of many.
“There’s something real special about that recording,” he said.
It was recorded on June 7, 1994; less than a month earlier, Berry was in the hospital having brain surgery.
“I had just had a potentially life-threatening surgery. The recording was very emotional, and all of that emotion was captured on that recording. People still sense it,” he said.
Berry started doing Christmas concerts in 1996. He said they reflect his Christian beliefs and upbringing.
“Christmas is a whole celebration of Christ’s birth. This is not a generic Christmas show. This is a ‘Jesus born to Mary and Joseph; he spent 33 years on this Earth’ event,” he said.
Berry said his Christmas concerts are for the whole family, cross generational boundaries, and have special effects that children love.
“I encourage people to try and bring their kids,” he said. “They will just have a lot of fun.”