Country music star Jerrod Niemann will headline the 2016 Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival while Adam Wakefield, runner-up on the spring season of “The Voice,” will open for him.
“We’re very excited about this,” said Tim Proffitt, GOSF committee co-chair. “We think this will be the strongest collective musical lineup we’ve ever had.”
The 2016 festival runs Oct. 14-16 at J.F. Gregory Park. Wakefield is expected to take the stage around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, with Niemann to follow at 9:30 p.m.
Niemann’s 2014 album “High Noon” went platinum and featured his second No. 1 hit, titled “Drink to That All Night.” His first No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” appeared on his 2010 major-label debut album “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury,” which was among The New York Times’ top 10 albums of that year.
Niemann originally made a name for himself in Nashville as a songwriter, co-writing “Good Ride Cowboy,” “Midnight Sun” and “That Girl Is a Cowboy” for Garth Brooks. Niemann also performed with The Doobie Brothers on “Southbound,” a recently released album containing new recordings of the group’s classic hits.
Wakefield, whose personal website says he is: “All country. All soul. All the gospel of rock & roll,” is a singer/songwriter/musician who grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Nashville.
His song “Lonesome Broken and Blue” on “The Voice” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 chart and was the show’s top debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, entering at 73. It has also been the highest-charting (No. 14) of his nine entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.
For more information about the GOSF, including schedules, prices, food and entertainment, please visit www.goseafoodfestival.com.