CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Music Legend Usher Raymond is scheduled to perform here in the scenic city tomorrow evening, but the concert is invitation only and those who came out today to donate school supplies, were also given free tickets.
“Hey Chattanooga, it’s Usher,” says the Grammy winning artist in a video dedicated to Chattanooga as he announces his homecoming.
The Eight-time Grammy Award winner, also has a message for the Tennessee Valley.
“I believe that all students should have access to art and music programs in schools. It is so important as gateways for our students to think, feel and express themselves creatively to discover who they are.”
Usher, Power 24, and State Farm teamed up Thursday evening to organize an Art Supply Drive held at the First Tennessee Pavilion.
“Usher Raymond thanks you so much.”
“You know Usher is big on the arts, and that’s really what it’s for, because he wants to make sure that the children that are interested in art can have the supplies that they need because a lot of the schools can’t afford it or they don’t have it. So he wants to make sure that it’s available for them.”
The music star also promising to match all the art supplies donated, along with State Farm, and those supplies will then be distributed throughout several schools in the Chattanooga area.
“I think it’s great. I think that the supplies will come in very handy for the children. And you know they usually say that art is a way that children can express themselves. So I think it’s a good idea.”
Two free tickets, along with parking passes were also given out as a surprise to every car that stopped in to donate.
“Did you know you were going to be getting some tickets? No we didn’t! We just came to give supplies!!”
“Oh they handed me a parking pass and two wristbands, because this was a an invitation only event and I was–saw them and I was like, Oh! So that was exciting.”
“It’s a great need, and it’s a great help for the schools in our area.”
“So let’s come together, and inspire greatness in the students of Chattanooga and all across Hamilton County. I thank you in advance.”
Organizers say more than 600 cars came by to drop off donations.
Tomorrow’s concert will be held at Dalewood Middle School, where Usher attended.
The show is not open to the public, except for students and staff members at Dalewood, along with those who received an invitation today.