Statesboro’s own Drew Wiggins will perform in concert at the Averitt Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Opening for Wiggins is his sister Rachel Wiggins and Seth Vangiller. Wiggins said he’ll perform a mix of traditional and modern country songs.
“Born and raised right here in Bulloch County, my roots grow deep in the southern traditions of living life in the outdoors and rooting on the Georgia Southern Eagles,” Wiggins said.
“Growing up in a musical family, I was blessed to have country, bluegrass and gospel musical influences early on, and it created a passion inside of me to perform and write music that I feel inspires, but also relates to the everyday, hardworking country folk.”
Wiggins said his great-uncle Billy West taught him to play the guitar when he was 8 years old. Tragically, his great-uncle died seven years later in a car accident, but Wiggins said his passion for music only grew stronger. Thursday at the Averitt Center, the band will play a song in honor of Wiggins’ great-uncle.
Wiggins is the son of Chris Wiggins, who works for the Statesboro Post Office and is a carrier downtown, and Teresa Beasley Wiggins. Wiggins and family members first performed when he was younger and traveled to churches, festivals and other venues.
Following his graduation from Bible Baptist Christian Academy in 2008, Wiggins began working at Anderson’s General Store and attending Georgia Southern University.
The year 2015 was a big year for the singer, as Wiggins graduated from GSU with a degree in General Studies in Business with a Coaching minor. He also married Stilson-native Brittany Wise that year after graduation. Wiggins said he met his future wife at church, and the couple has a son, Nash, who is a year-and-a-half.
Wiggins said concert-goers can expect a good mix of traditional and modern country songs, and some will be his own music.
“I love to perform other people’s songs, but I started writing my own songs a few years back, too. It will be a good mix of my songs, and others, too.
“My goal is to inspire people with my music. It’s cool to tell my story and others’ stories and make that connection through music. Everybody has a different story, and I’m so blessed to be able to tell those stories through the songs that I write, sing and perform.”
Tickets for the May 23 event at the Averitt Center are $16 and can be purchased at the Averitt Center’s box office, as well as at Anderson’s General Store.
Wiggins said that the concert is also an effort to help a local non-profit. He encourages attendees to bring dry and canned goods to the concert that will be donated to Christian Social Ministry.
“We’re also doing a raffle that night, and all the proceeds go to Christian Social Ministry. That’s a great local ministry, and I’m proud to support it through donations from the concert.”
Wiggins, who plays the guitar, banjo and piano is excited to bring his music to the stage in his own hometown.
“I’m proud to be a believer, an American, a husband and dad, and also a Georgia Southern Eagle Alum. Hail Southern and God bless America.”