Virginia Dreams Center Stage
The vision behind "Virginia Dreams Center Stage," established by founders Nelson and Rose Swartz, is to feature a mix of local performers along with a host of Nashville stars.
Initially the show's expectation was to successfully produce a pilot Christmas show. But in the hearts of the cast and crew were hopes the show would somehow catch on and become a regular weekly showcase of music and talent. Soon their dreams became a reality as the show caught on and became an overnight success, branching out beyond local markets.
"Virginia Dreams Center Stage" consists of a wide variety of music, country, gospel, bluegrass and original, while largely featuring the positive side of music. The show's cast includes Lisa Meadows, Tim Spears and the youngest member, Emma Leigh.
Meadows' music consists primarily of classic country, including covers of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Connie Smith. Along with classic country, Meadows performs gospel, which is near and dear to her heart. Meadows' last two CDs showcase her talents in both genres.
Spears, the male vocalist on the show, has been performing since the age of 12. Spears writes, produces and sings all of his songs and has won praise from a number of country superstars for his musical gifting. Spears has also worked with underprivileged children during the Christmas season over the last 30 years. As a result, the Tim Spears Christmas Fund has raised more than $300,000 to provide Christmas gifts for local children.
Leigh, a solid 14-year-old country performer, has a voice beyond her age. Leigh has traveled the world building a career bigger than any teenager could imagine. But the talent doesn't stop there.
Other stars sharing the stage include The Virginia Dreams Band - Pat Burr, lead guitar, Kevin Hinkle, drums, William Hayes, piano, Robby Meadows, band leader and bass player, Nikki Stroupe and JoJo Meadows, background vocals, and a very talented set director, Tammy Hemp.
The founders, Nelson and Rose Swartz, are not new to the country-music scene by any stretch of the imagination. Rose's father was a lead guitarist and directed country-music bands in the Shenandoah Valley for years. His talents appeared on a number of local radio stations. She also had a dear friend, Conway Twitty, that made a name for himself in the business. She is behind the commercials and intros for the show along with their five auto dealerships. Nelson admits that he is the greatest country-music listener in the world. He would, and sometimes does, listen to country music all night long.
For those of you that want to go to Nashville and haven't yet, it's our "Virginia Dream" to bring Nashville to you!