McCain sang background at pre-concert proposal

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Edwin McCain sang

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Edwin McCain sang "I'll Be" as Joe Gilman proposed to Kimberly Knighting.


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Kimberly Knighting said

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Kimberly Knighting said "yes" to Joe Gilman's proposal.


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Heath Fowler collected Edwin McCain's autograph on his guitar.

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Heath Fowler collected Edwin McCain's autograph on his guitar.


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Edwin McCain became the 12th artist to sign the guitar.

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Edwin McCain became the 12th artist to sign the guitar.


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Saturday evening's “meet and greet” with singer Edwin McCain had its share of surprises -- and McCain was in on the biggest.

Just minutes before McCain went on stage, Greenville's Joe Gilman and Kimberly Knighting stayed behind to chat with the singer.

Just before the conversation drew to a close, Gilman dropped to one knee and proposed to Knighting, his girlfriend of the past two-and-a-half years, as McCain sang the chorus to his hit, "I'll Be."

Knighting said, yes.

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Skye Mullins and Brandie DeYoung were winners of the GreerToday.com raffle, winning a chance to meet McCain.

Mullins, 20, only entered the contest at the urging of her friend, Victoria Weaver, and said she wasn't familiar with McCain's music.

But Weaver, whose mother, Rebecca, has been a long-time McCain fan, grew up listening to her mother's CD collection.

"My mom knows every single song – and I know every single song because of her," Weaver said, adding that her mother was "very jealous."

DeYoung said she has been a McCain fan for a long time.

"I think this is awesome," DeYoung said. "I'm very excited to meet him."

Guitar Hero

Local singer Heath Fowler, who had played at Family Fest earlier in the day, added McCain to the list of performers who had autographed Fowler's Taylor guitar.

McCain became the 12th artist to sign the guitar but the only one who performs predominantly outside the country genre.

Fowler said the guitar could be valuable some day because of the autographs, but said it has more sentimental value for him after having met the entertainers who signed it.



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