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Bryan headlining inauguration
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Gov.-elect Nathan Deal’s Inaugural Committee has announced the entertainment lineup for the Inaugural Celebration at Philips Arena and a separate concert to honor volunteers in a day of service.
Headlining the celebration will be Leesburg native Luke Bryan, named best new artist of 2010 by the Academy of Country Music.
Bryan’s second album, “Doin’ My Thing,” has been certified gold and produced his first No. 1 country hit, “Rain is a Good Thing.”
A singer-songwriter, Bryan wrote Rincon native Billy Currington’s  2007 number one hit “Good Directions.” He was also honored by the Academy of Country Music as top new solo artist for 2010.
“We are so pleased to have Georgia’s own Luke Bryan performing at the Inaugural Celebration,” said Tricia Pridemore, co-chair of the Inaugural Committee. 
Bryan will perform at the Jan. 10 celebration at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
On Jan. 8, country music artist Mark Wills, who grew up in Blue Ridge, will be the featured performer at a concert for volunteers who participate in
“With a Servant’s Heart,” the statewide day of service that will begin the inaugural weekend.
Wills was honored in 1998 as the top new male vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. That same year, his album, “Wish You Were Here,” was certified platinum and the title song reached number one on the country charts.
The Kinchafoonee Cowboys, a Georgia band with roots in the Albany area, will also participate in the Day of Service concert at Buckhead Theater in Atlanta.