Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (from the AMK Show)

As you may have heard, Monday’s show for Ann Michele King was an amazing outpouring of music, love and community. More than 1,100 people packed the sanctuary of FUMC, Richardson for this special show, benefiting Ann Michele and the King family.

Here’s the amazing view we had from stage:

It was just an amazing night. Most amazing of all was the outpouring of support. At this point, we’re estimating at least $27,000 dollars raised to help with medical expenses for Ann Michele, as she continues her seven year battle against cancer.

One of my favorite songs to do in our shows has been Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” I get to sing it, and I LOVE singing it. And the entire band plays. It’s just one of those “big” numbers in our shows. And, as has happened several times before, it got a standing ovation Monday. It’s just a great effort by the whole band. You can hear it here:

What a great privilege to be able to be a part of this special show. What a crowd. What support for an incredible family, and incredible woman. I’m privileged to know Ann Michele and completely inspired by her faith and her courage facing her challenges. I know everybody feels the same way.

Of course, we all love Rusty too, and a part of why we did this show was to be there for our band-brother, and musical director.

We love you Rusty.

This one was for you too.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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