WORTHINGTON - Crowds at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival will be in for a treat when nationally recognized country music artist Neal McCoy takes the Sailboard Beach stage as the festival’s headliner.
McCoy, who has sold more than six million records, charted five No. 1 singles and has five other Top 10 hits, will perform in a concert slated to begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, the second day of the 19th annual festival. McCoy’s Show is being sponsored by Marthaler Automotive.
Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival President Josh Miller said the board worked diligently to book a high-profile entertainer to headline this year’s event.
“The search started with in a few weeks after the Regatta ended last year,” Miller explained. “The board had to really think about music direction and what we wanted the lineup to look like for this year. It involved listening to several different options and reviewing their conditions of what we would have to have for them to be able to come to Worthington to put on a show.”
McCoy, who also has three platinum albums and a gold album to his credit, hit the top of the country singles charts with the songs “No Doubt About It,” “You Gotta Love That,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “For a Change” and “Wink.” Top 10 hits include “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” “The Shake,” “The City Put The Country Back in Me,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” and “If I Was a Drinking Man.”
A member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, McCoy has also picked up multiple honors outside of the entertainment realm. Among those are: the W.B. and Brandon Carrell Humanitarian Award, the highest recognition given to a non-Mason; ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award Winner; and Country Radio Broadcasters’ Artist Humanitarian of the Year Award. He and his wife, Melinda, founded the East Texas Angel Network (ETAN) to provide financial assistance to families suffering from serious illnesses, and have raised more than $8 million since its inception.
McCoy has also taken part in 15 USO tours around the world since 2001. In 2014, he was emcee/host and a performer in country music superstar Blake Shelton’s “10 Times Crazier” tour.
“This will be the biggest year yet for the Regatta,” Miller said. “To my knowledge, Worthington has never had an artist of this caliber. Our goal is to go as big as we can and still have it be a free event.
“Barry Roberts, who heads the music committee, had an eye on Neal McCoy and a few others, and he was the one the board who decided to pursue him. Thankfully, it worked out.”
McCoy also has another distinction aside from his musical and humanitarian efforts. Since January 2016, he has recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning on Facebook Live and received tens of millions of views.
“We’re looking forward to another year of great food, great music and - Lord willing - great weather,” Miller said of this year’s festival.