Smithfield Herald

Christmas show coming Dec. 6-7 to college stage

The Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will present its Christmas show Dec. 6-7. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at, by phone at 919-209-2099 and at the box office, which is open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This year’s Christmas show guest performers are profiled below.

•  Dr. David Johnson, president of Johnston Community College, began singing in church at a young age. He holds a degree in music education from Campbell University. Johnson will sing “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

•  The Hall Sisters, the daughters of David and Kathryn Hall of Garner, have been honing their musical skills in Nashville, Tenn. Jessica, Natalie, Lydia and Valerie, each a musician and singer, will perform “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”

•  Scott Johnson of Benson spent 10 years traveling with a bluegrass gospel group. He has performed with Jeff and Sherry Easter, The Rochesters and Robbie Huffman. Johnson enjoys performing as country legend Conway Twitty. He will sing “Christmas In Dixie.”

•  Dakota Hood, a student at Middle Creek High School, has been a part of the Country Music Showcase since she was 5 years old. She has sung the National Anthem for Chris Young, Joe Nichols and Steven Curtis Chapman. Hood will perform “Hallelujah.”

•  Robin Davis, who currently sings with The Nu-tones, spent 10 years with the gospel trio Set Free. He is the owner of Kenly Drug and Pharmacy and the co-owner and co-founder of MRC Songwriting & Music Production. Davis will sing “North Star.”

•  Hayley Hall, a senior at West Bladen High School, has performed in national talent revues in the Carolinas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Recently, she sang the National Anthem for the TV show “Duck Dynasty.” Hall will perform “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

•  Jeff Lane, who began singing at age 10, placed first in the Wayne County Most Talented competition and second in the Music from the Heart event. He will sing “Still Her Little Child.”

•  The King’s Way Quartet is made up of two married couples: Craig and LaRue Page and Ray and Carla Autry. All are members of Baptist Chapel Church in Autryville, where Craig is minister of music and LaRue, Carla and Ray sing in the sanctuary choir. The group will perform “A Christmas Song.”

•  Anita Norris Myers won the local level of the True Value Country Music Showdown, beating out Clay Aiken, and was one point shy of attending the national competition at the Grand Ole Opry. She will sing “O Holy Night.”

•  Daniel and Samantha Casey are returning to the JCC stage. Daniel owns and operates Casey Garden Center in Goldsboro, while Samantha attends Princeton High School. The two have have been playing together as Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam for nine years. They have released three albums, “Born to Fiddle” in 2007, “In My Father’s Footsteps” in 2009 and “Casey’s Fair” in 2012. Daniel and Samantha will perform “Silver Bells,” “Light of the Stable” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”