Eric Church Honors Brother Brandon With in-Concert Tribute [WATCH]
After the unexpected death of his brother Brandon on June 29, Eric Church used music to honor him during a recent concert. The country star shared a tender moment with the crowd at the 2018 Country Concert in Ohio on Saturday (July 7).
Readers can press play below to watch Church's in-concert tribute to his late brother: a stunning rendition of "Amazing Grace," which transitioned into his song "Sinners Like Me." Taste of Country reports that the musical tribute closed Church's headlining set at the annual event in Fort Loramie.
On Twitter, a fan who was at Country Concert 2018 reports that Church addressed his brother's death in some words to the crowd. The country star told his fans that he'd been having a tough week but "need[ed] my people" and wanted to play the show to help him get through it.
Brandon Church was 36 years old when he died; Kenneth Church, Eric and Brandon Church's father, says his son suffered a seizure at his home in Granite Falls, N.C., and then suffered a second one while being transported to the hospital, but Brandon Church's official cause of death has not been revealed.
Eric Church's fans may recognize his brother's name: Early on in the country artist's career, Brandon Church sometimes performed with his brother. AllMusic.com lists Brandon Church as a co-writer of Church's songs "How 'Bout You" and "Without You Here."
The Church family has established the Brandon E. Church Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory. They are asking that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Brandon Church "pay forward a gift that will keep on giving to others through furthering their education."
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