Williamsburg native Canaan Smith to honor late brother with benefit concert

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Canaan Smith performs before a hometown crowd at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre in June 2015. (WYDaily file photo)
Canaan Smith performs before a hometown crowd at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre in June 2015. (WYDaily file photo)

Williamsburg native turned Nashville recording artist, Canaan Smith, will be giving a benefit concert at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre Sunday.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nathaniel Reid Smith Mission and Scholarship Fund at Williamsburg Christian Academy.

According to a press release from the academy, Canaan and his brother Nathaniel attended WCA as children, before the tragic passing of Nathaniel in 1994.  Nathaniel died in a car accident in Williamsburg at 16 years old.

The Smith family founded the Mission and Scholarship fund in his name to honor Nathaniel’s involvement in his school and church, as well as his mission trips to Mexico. Canaan’s debut album “Bronco” tells the story of healing following his brother’s death, and is a reference to the blue and white Bronco Nathaniel used to drive.

Smith is a 2001 graduate of Lafayette High School and performed with a Christian alternative rock group from the sixth grade through high school. He returned to Williamsburg in June 2015 to perform at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, which celebrated the release of his debut album and kicked off his tour to support it.

More than 2,000 locals – among them former teachers, neighbors and old friends – came out to the show. The next month, Smith’s first single off the album, “Love You Like That,” reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart and marked another milestone for the singer.

“When we asked him last year to come back home to do this benefit concert, he was touched and honored to come back and play for his brother’s scholarship fund,” Suzanne Maggio, WCA Marketing Coordinator said in the release.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and the opening acts, which were not announced in the release, will begin between 3 and 3:30 p.m.  Canaan will take the stage at 5 p.m.  Food will be served by Poor Boys Burgers and Two Drummers food trucks.  A bounce house will be available for children.

General Admission lawn tickets will cost $25, Gold reserved seating will cost $45, and a limited number of VIP tickets cost $100.  Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.