Country Music Star Colton James Holds Concert to Benefit Paul D. Camp Community College & Foundation

~ True to his roots, Colton James’ July 11 Concert Gives Back to Community ~
Plenty of toe-tapping and boot scooting are in store when CMT star Colton James comes home in July. True to form, James is returning to give back to the community he loves by performing a benefit concert for Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) on Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center at 100 North College, Franklin.
Sponsored by the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, concert proceeds will help fund the College’s Math Academy, adult program tutors, student scholarships, and faculty training and development.
Colton James Giving Back Through Service
James, who approached College officials about holding the fundraiser, is not only known for his knack for writing and performing original country songs, but also for being a country boy. Raised in Hampton Roads and now residing in Southampton County and Nashville, he remains true to his roots by embracing opportunities to give back to the community.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for the College,” says Wm. Paul Conco, PhD., president of PDCCC. “It is a fun way to raise funds for the Foundation and introduce the College to those who aren’t familiar with the resources we offer to the community.”
James’ philanthropy is seen in many ways. Through his support of our country’s troops, he received a standing ovation from 16,000 fans after his performance of “Brave Men” at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk when he opened for Jason Aldean. He and his wife, Cassie, founded Fishin 4 Heroes and are actively involved in Truckin 4 Troops, which both support our active military and veterans. “No aspect of support is too small—just a kind word can go a long way,” he said. After learning about Diane Stokle, who was battling breast cancer, he co-wrote “What Keeps Her Strong,” in her honor, as she was an inspiration and a strong woman. Not only did he have the opportunity to sing this special song to her, but he has also performed it during the Race for the Cure and for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“I am always looking for ways to help people because so many others have touched my life,” James said. “If it were not for supporters, believers and listeners, I would not have experienced the success I have had so far.”
The country singer has opened for Toby Keith, Mark Chestnutt, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Keith Anderson and Trick Pony. Residents may remember local concerts that included playing the Franklin Southampton County Fair.
“What better way to celebrate area resources than a concert performed by a local country legend that benefits PDCCC students and staff education,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It is going to be a great time for a great cause.”
James’ latest single is “101 Proof.” He is also working on a reality show titled, “Reel Water Cowboy,” where he travels to exotic locations with his guitar and tackle.
How to Get Tickets
Buy tickets online at or at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Prices of tickets are as follows:
Seating Price
VIP Seating $75
General Seating $20
Open Admission (Standing) $10
Vice President of Academics and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady said, “Despite the very low tuition costs to obtain an education at the College, our services are still out of reach for many. And, the Faculty who support student learning are consistently in need of development to further strengthen their classroom and project-based learning environments and other student-based activities. Proceeds from this event will make a big difference in helping students and our learning partners.”
For more information, call the PDCCC Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Buy tickets online at