Photo by Diane Cox
Edwardsville High School graduate Stephanie Rabus was called on stage by Nashville recording artist Bryan White during a concert at Ironworks Christian Ministries in Wood River on June 4. Rabus met White in Nashville at a fan festival and the two developed a friendship.
When Edwardsville High School graduate Stephanie Rabus arrived June 4 at Ironworks Christian Ministries in Wood River to see her friend perform, she had no idea she would become part of country singer Bryan White’s show.
Instead of singing along to a prerecorded track, Rabus got the real thing.
“I was not expecting that at all,” Rabus said. “We’ve sang together before at a barbecue, but I didn’t see this coming. I’ve always loved ‘From This Moment On,’ so it’s really cool to sing it with him.”
Released in March 1998, “From This Moment On” was written by Shania Twain and her husband, Mutt Lange, and became a Top 10 hit in the Nashville and pop charts. When searching for a male vocal, Bryan White was at the top of the list. “From This Moment On,” a duet with Twain and White, was on the release “Come on Over.”
“Every crowd I perform for wants to hear that song,” White said. “There have been times the fans will even sing Shania’s part. I knew Stephanie was here tonight and I’ve heard her sing before. She has an amazing voice and we can blend so well. Like we said earlier tonight, I think we should probably write something together sometime.”
A 2001 graduate of Edwardsville High School, Rabus resides in Nashville and is pursuing her own singing career. She was visiting to appear with a local band.
“I met Stephanie at a fan festival a few years back and heard her sing,” White said. “Since then we’ve been friends. My wife and I have had her at our home once or twice. She’s a pleasure to listen to and she still gives me chills.”
Discovered by Glen Campbell, White has garnered several awards including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award. He has performed with artists such as Diamond Rio, Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann and Shania Twain.
White recently returned to the recording studio after taking time off to start a family with his wife, actress Erika Page. The couple lives in Oklahoma with their two sons, Justin and Jackson.
White released a single, “Finally Home.” For information, visit bryanwhite.com.