A Bulloch County high school senior will perform along with other 4-H members from across the state when the renowned Clovers & Co. performs in concert in Statesboro Saturday, Jan. 27.
Chyann Hoyle, a Southeast Bulloch High School senior whose stage name is Chyann Rose, is one of several Georgia 4-H Club members who belong to Clovers & Co., an assembly of singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands.
Clovers & Co. was founded in1981 to provide an opportunity for 4-H youth to promote and share with others, the excitement, leadership and talent evident in 4-H, said Hoyle’s mother and Bulloch County 4-H volunteer Rosanna Hoyle. Interested 4-H'ers from throughout the state audition yearly for the limited number of spots in the show.
Chyann, 18, is a 6-year member.
The concert is sponsored by the Bulloch County 4-H; Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education and the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. All proceeds from the event benefit the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education and its innovation grant program which funds teachers' ideas that enhance the learning experiences for local students, she said.
“The event is also a great opportunity for local and area 4H students to learn how they can audition and possibly become part of this touring company,” Hoyle said. “Students must audition every year.” Members travel about two to three hours monthly for performances. “It is worth it,” she said. “The experience has been phenomenal.”
Tickets for the show, which will also feature performances by the Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Choir, are $10, with students admitted for $5 and children 5 and under free.
The concert will be held Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Statesboro High School.
The cast has members ranging in age from 12 to 18. Several graduates have gone on to careers in the music and entertainment fields on the national level. The show is primarily directed by volunteers, giving many hours to assure that all can be proud of the production, Hoyle said.
Clovers & Co. “has some very famous alumni,” she said. These include Sugarland’s lead singer, Jennifer Nettles and award-winning songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who wrote numerous number one hits for stars like Lady Gaga (Million Reasons), Carrie Underwood (Jesus Take the Wheel and six other of her #1 hits), Lady Antebellum (American Honey), and Sara Evans (A Little Bit Stronger).
Clovers & Co. has performed for 4-H'ers attending National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Memphis and Chicago; NAE4-HA (National association of Extension 4-H Agents) 2007 with Nettles of Sugarland; and the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC.
They have also performed at state 4-H events throughout the south and continue to serve as key entertainment at state and national conferences for groups such including the National Association of County Agricultural Agents; Georgia Farm Bureau; the Association County Commissioners of Georgia; the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders; the Georgia High School Student Council Conference and many others.
Tickets are available for advance purchase and pick up at the Bulloch County 4H Office, Brooklet United Methodist Church, and the Bulloch County Board of Education. Tickets can also be purchased by phone using a major credit card by calling the Bulloch Co. 4H office at 912-871-6130.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.