Officials at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts are trying to give residents more of what they want.

Officials at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts are trying to give residents more of what they want.

Country singer LeAnn Rimes is scheduled to perform at the McCoy center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, in part because of feedback from residents.

"As we grow, we're learning from prior shows what the community wants to see," said Julie Kriss, director of constituent relationships for the McCoy center.

Focus groups told McCoy officials that country music shows would be well attended, Kriss said. Country singer Sarah Evans' recent performance at the McCoy was a popular show, she said, which is why the center sought out Rimes.

The timing also is right since Rimes is planning the release of a cover album, "Lady and Gentlemen," Kriss said.

Rimes is a Country Music Award-winner who was the youngest country singer since Tanya Tucker to be nominated for the award. By age 15, she had earned an American Music Award, two Grammy awards, three awards from the Academy of Country Music and four Billboard Music awards.

"We're lucky to have her right here in our backyard," said Kristin Ferguson, the McCoy center's marketing director.

Rimes will perform an acoustic show.

"She's been doing this for so long, I'm excited to hear her in this way," Ferguson said.

Opening for Rimes is another youth sensation, Hunter Hayes. Hayes, 18, is known for co-writing "Play," which is featured on the soon-to-be-released Rascal Flatts album and has appeared on television and in movies.

Tickets are $45 and $55 and are available by calling 614-245-4701 or visiting www.mccoycenter.org. Discounts are available for senior citizens and students. The McCoy center is at 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

This show and many others at the McCoy attract many people from central Ohio, Kriss said.

"Over 50 percent, I think it's 52 percent, of our ticket sales are outside the 43054 ZIP code," she said.

The McCoy markets each show to different groups of people, Kriss said. Rimes and Hayes are anticipated to draw a wide audience.

"We definitely think we have a sellout," Kriss said

Kriss said the McCoy center is partnering with WCOL-FM 92.3 and "CityScene Magazine," which plans to feature Rimes on the cover of its November issue.

"We're really seeing a lot of outside support," Kriss said.

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