Trae Edwards can go from stranger to friend in 10 minutes, give or take a few. It doesn’t take long for the Oxford native to stray from topics like his 20-year career and his new album, “I Believed,” preferring to talk about faith, family and growing up in Oxford.
“There’s a lot that’s changed. ’Course, I rode by some houses with the same lawn furniture,” said the singer, who managed to see a few hometown sights in between interviews on his first day back.
Edwards shares memories like standing on the front porch of his old house at about 7 years old and singing in front of a crowd of neighbor kids, feeling like it was the biggest stage in the world.
“It wasn’t even 4-by-4 feet,” he said, laughing.
Now he’s back to perform on a real stage, leaving behind the session-singer roots that led him to perform with the likes of the Judds and Allison Krauss. It’s an opportunity to speak and sing for himself — and lend his voice to a good cause, “The Hope Tour,” for which Edwards will donate $1 of each ticket to local cancer support organizations. Leaving behind an established career for country fame might seem risky, but to Edwards, the opportunity to sing and share with the world is worth it.
“The good Lord’s opened some doors for me, given me a platform to speak,” he said. “I see music as a chance to share how I feel and bring some light to some people.”
IF YOU GO...
WHAT: Restless Heart and Trae Edwards in concert
WHEN: Saturday at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Oxford Civic Center, 401 Mccullars Lane
TICKETS: $35 for floor seats, $25 for middle level and $20 for top level. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center.