'Just kind of hit me’: Country music star to perform at local school senior prom

TROY — Instead of being able to go to a nicely decorated gym, for Troy seniors, prom might look like this.

Getting dressed up and standing in front of a computer. But they will get a special treat. County music star Drew Baldridge is going to perform live for them over Zoom.

News Center 7′s James Rider spoke to Troy seniors and the musician about the special occasion and what it means to them during these difficult times.

“I feel like if it was just a Zoom prom, it would be fun but it still would be kind of weird almost. But with him everybody is super excited because everybody wants to see him in person," said Troy Senior Jordan Klemt.

Klemt shows off her dress she bought in February for a prom that now won’t be the same.

Baldridge performed at the school last year, and because of that, Troy was the first school he thought of to reach out to with this idea.

“Just kind of hit me," he said.

“I was like man, you know it would be so hard for me my senior year if I didn’t get to play my spring baseball or if I didn’t get to walk down the aisle at graduation,” he continued.

Baldridge has a song called ‘Senior Year’ that he released last year that now means a lot more to the Class of 2020.

“You know senior year disappears fast always, but in the chorus, it says never thought it would disappear, senior year," he said.

“It almost means more now because we don’t have everything that all the other classes did," he added.

Klemt said she thought the Zoom prom is a great way to try and make it still feel special and said people will still do what they can to make it as nice as possible and being with Baldridge in his home as he performs means the world to so many.

“Just as much as it means to them, I promise you it almost means more to me,” Baldridge said.

He also said he has a couple of other performances planned and would like to do something for as many schools as he has time for. He encourages anyone to reach out to him over his Facebook or Instagram accounts and set it up.

James Rider

James Rider

I was born in Virginia and have moved several times in my life as a member of an Air Force family. I've lived in Virginia, California, Germany, England, and Ohio. I graduated from Centerville High School and then went on to attend Ball State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree.

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