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August 4, 2004


Brad.jpg (10812 bytes) Nashville, TN -- As millions of country music fans know, Brad Cotter is the newly-crowned winner of USA Network’s Nashville Star. Upon being named the most recent Nashville Star, the 33-year-old singer/songwriter from Opelika, Alabama made a promise on national television to his hometown that he would return to personally celebrate the honor with his friends, family and the supportive community. Today, Epic Recording Artist Brad Cotter made the very special announcement that the official celebration date is set. The first annual Brad Cotter & Friends Celebration “Party on Lake Martin” will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2004 at the Lake Martin Amphitheater (Alexander City, Alabama).

In making the announcement, Cotter is confident in his celebratory location, “The Lake Martin Amphitheater was built by Russell Lands, Inc. The actual use of the amphitheater is donated to the Lake Martin community to promote and provide for artistic and cultural enjoyment. I cannot think of a better way to say thank-you than to return my personal support to the very group of folks that carried the torch for me. This is my way of saying thank you for the energy and the unity that they have shown.”

The concert event will be presented by Russell Lands, Inc. and will benefit Children’s Harbor, Inc. Children’s Harbor is a nonprofit organization founded by Ben and Luanne Russell (1990). The Russell’s simple objective was to strengthen children and families. The Children’s Harbor Lake Martin Campus provides camping and adventure services to children with long-term, serious illnesses and their families. The affiliated Children’s Harbor Family Center at Children’s Hospital (located in Birmingham) provides counseling, social work, education and support services to these children and their families. “Children’s Harbor is honored to be the select charity that Brad Cotter supports,” adds Jim Ray, Director, Children’s Harbor. “We know that none of our efforts would be possible without the support of believers like Brad Cotter, the folks in our community, and Russell Lands.”

The Russell Lands organization is pleased to participate in the commemoration to recognize Brad’s success. “It is exciting and ideal for all of us at Russell Lands to have Brad Cotter choose the Lake Martin Amphitheater as the venue to host ‘Party On Lake Martin.’” said Tom Lamberth, President of Russell Lands. “Ben Russell’s (Russell Lands Chairman and CEO) vision for the amphitheater was to attract top quality talent to Lake Martin with the main benefactors being Children’s Harbor and the Lake Martin Arts Council. We are proud to sponsor Brad’s celebration.”

Information on Children’s Harbor can be found at For information on the Lake Martin Amphitheater, visit


For more information, please contact
Kirt Webster / (615) 777-6995 ext. 24 /
Anita Mandell / (615) 742-4358 /


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