May 11, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Nashville Tribute Band returns to Brigham Young University-Idaho to perform its songs about Latter-day Saint missionaries. The concert will be May 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

The concert will feature newly composed songs about missionaries written by Jason Deere, a popular singer and songwriter based in Nashville. A CD entitled, The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries, is currently being recorded and is expected to be released in August.

"Over the years, I have had an overwhelming number of letters and e-mails from missionaries and mission presidents regarding our albums and their positive influence on the elders and sisters of the world as they serve," Deere said. "My heart is humbled by such beautiful correspondence. To think that something I have had a part in would give missionaries the inspiration to work just a little harder each day, and could aid in any way with the conversion of their investigators, brings immeasurable joy to my heart."

Deere has written for a number of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Josh Gracin, Jessica Simpson and Wanessa Camargo. He also wrote five songs on SHeDAISY's double-platinum debut album as well as the country trio's top-ten single "Don't Worry ‘Bout a Thing."

Performers at both concerts will include Deere, along with Dan Truman (who is the pianist for the country group Diamond Rio); members of the country group Due West (Brad Hull, Matt Lopez and Tim Gates); Katherine Nelson; Tony McClellan; and Ron Saltmarsh.

This will be one of the first concerts where the new songs will be performed. The concerts will also feature some music from two other CDs, Joseph: A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet and Trek: A Nashville Tribute to the Pioneers.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $6 for BYU-Idaho students and employees, and can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-2230 or online at