Local 80’s band makes comeback for a cause

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. - Kerry Gilbert, Trent Stevenson and Kelly Cole started singing together in high school.​ "We were giddy teenagers starting out,” said Gilbert, Bass Singer for Mountain Breeze.

Shortly after graduating high school, they took their talents to WHNT for a contest. "We came back home empty handed. And said ‘well guys this is fun do you still want to do it?’ Sure why not! So we started singing in Trent's basement," said Gilbert.

Soon after, Joe Holmes was introduced to the group, and the Mountain Breeze quartet was born. "We started picking up some bookings and before we knew it we were playing every weekend," said Gilbert.

Their biggest claim to fame? Landing a spot on You Can Be a Star in 1987. “Very fun, we had a lot of fun,” said Gilbert.

But even with a fan club, and a cassette tape, life got in the way, and one by one, members left the group; many of them losing touch. “Kelly hadn't seen Joe in 20 years," said Gilbert.

But 30 years after their first note, these small town celebrities and their voices were never forgotten. "The Russellville Mayor called us and asked us to do a reunion," said Gilbert. "We were hesitant about it at first."

"Here we are later, picking up where we left off,” said Gilbert. The excitement to play together once again faded away when Gilbert was diagnosed with cancer a second time. But instead of canceling the concert, the band, instead, changed its tune to help Gilbert pay his medical bills.

They're working hard to prepare, and Gilbert plans to sing despite a scheduled round of chemo four days before the big night. "I’m going to be there no matter if I’m lying on a bed, if they have to roll me out, I’ll be there. I may not feel well, but I’ll be there," said Gilbert.

The benefit concern is being held on January 23 at 7 p.m. at the Russellville High School auditorium.

Tickets are $25. For more information, go to www.thebreezeisback.com.

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