James Rogers sings for Shriners’ kids

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­free press.com or 423-757-6354.

In 2002, James Rogers wanted to per­form for friends and fam­ily in the North Ge­or­gia area where he grew up, and “Home for Christ­mas” was born.

That De­cem­ber home­com­ing con­cert at the Colon­nade in Ring­gold be­came a pop­u­lar an­nual event for Rogers, who spent al­most 30 years per­form­ing in Pi­geon Forge, Tenn., at places like Dol­ly­wood, Mu­sic Man­sion and Sil­ver Dol­lar City, be­fore re­tir­ing in 2011 and mov­ing back to the Chat­tanooga area.

This year, though, he has de­cided to move his hol­i­day show and change its fo­cus. Tonight, Nov. 17, fans will find him at the Al­ham­bra Shrine au­di­to­rium do­ing a ben­e­fit for the Shriners Hospi­tals for Chil­dren.

The show will fea­ture many of the num­bers Rogers used to do in Pi­geon Forge. Songs l i ke “Fly Ea­gle Fly,” a pa­tri­otic num­ber that was adopted as a theme song by the Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Ea­gles, and “I Guard Amer­ica,” which was adopted by the Na­tion- al Guard as its of­fi­cial song.

He’ll also do some hol­i­day num­bers. “I wanted to shift my fo­cus to do some­thing for the Shriners Hospi­tal,” Rogers says. “The Christ­mas show was won­der­ful and peo­ple en­joyed it, but this was some­thing I wanted to do.”

There are 22 Shriners Hospi­tals for Chil­dren in North Amer­ica. They spe­cial­ize in or­thopaedics, burn care, spinal cord in­jury and cleft lip and palate is­sues in young peo­ple.

Rogers was born in Chat­tanooga and grew up in Fort Oglethorpe. Dur­ing his early ca­reer, he was a reg­u­lar per­former lo­cally at the Light Fan­tas­tic and later the Sta­tion House at the Chat­tanooga Choo Choo.

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James Rogers will per­form a ben­e­fit con­cert tonight, Nov. 17, at the Al­ham­bra Shriners au­di­to­rium.

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