Tate Stevens took the stage to perform for a sold out crowd in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday night just two days before his debut album hits shelves. The capacity crowd welcomed Tate back to his hometown for a 75-minute set that included his current single, “Power Of A Love Song.”
The night turned emotional when Tate invited his wife Ashlie and their two children, son Hayden and daughter Rylie, to take the stage [PHOTO HERE]. He acknowledged how much his life has changed since they signed him up to audition for The X Factor a little over a year ago. Tate eventually won Season 2 of the show. After thanking them for their support, he presented Ashlie with flowers.
“Stevens advised the crowd that he would be singing a lot of material no one had heard yet, but most of the songs from his album were well-received — and for good reason,” The Kansas City Star‘s Timothy Finn wrote. “Stevens may be a newcomer in the country music big leagues, but he is a seasoned performer, having played with several country bands for years before auditioning for The X Factor in May 2012. He and his five-piece band kept the energy levels high all night.”
Following the concert, Tate stayed for more than two hours to greet and sign autographs for over a thousand fans. “That was the longest autograph line for any show we’ve ever had at The Midland and that’s in almost five years of operating,” AMC general manager Larry Hovick said. “It went very well and the fans were very happy.”
In support of his new album, Tate will perform “Power Of A Love Song” on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 26 before heading to Atlanta for a show with Alan Jackson that evening.