'X-Factor' fan favorite to debut new single at Matt's
The famous are returning home as Chino Valley resident and contestant on the 2011 season of "The X-Factor" is coming to Prescott. Drew Ryniewicz, who finished in sixth place, will perform a hometown benefit concert at Matt's Saloon on Tuesday, Aug. 25, debuting her new single titled, "Ugly," along with other material off her new EP.
Ryniewicz said she is quite excited to be performing and debuting her pop single in Prescott, mentioning the connections he has with the area.
"It's a big event for my hometown... I wanted to be with people that felt like family," she said. "I'm excited to celebrate with everyone."
Ryniewicz said has been working on the EP since she appeared on the show and was doing nothing else for four years. She said the story behind the singles name, "Ugly," comes from the anti-bullying tour she was on. Ryniewicz said that was when she realized she wanted to attach the message to her music.
Noting that she sat down with the writers, she said they worked on a song that accepted, gained strength and moved past negativity. As an example, she brought up a line from the song that states "Ugly is good for me," and said it's a call for a person to move forward and past the name-calling when people are calling them ugly.
Ryniewicz said a friend of hers from "The X-Factor" will open the show and that she will be performing the full EP. As for how many people she hopes come out, she said that about 300 people would be ideal as it would fill up Matt's Saloon. Ryniewicz also said that the date of the concert is also the release date for the single.
"People coming will listen to it being performed for the first time ever," she said. "I think I wouldn't want to miss that."
The Tuesday, Aug. 25 performance at Matt's Saloon, 112 S. Montezuma St., begins with red carpet arrivals at 7 p.m. The music beings at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are a $5 donation per person at the door or in advance online at www.drew.ticketleap.com. All ages are invited, this is a non-alcohol event. A private post-concert VIP meet-and-greet is also available for $15 per person with ages 5 and under free. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of VIP sales will be donated to skip1.org, which provides food or water to a child.
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