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Third installment of Estacada's new summer concert series to be held Wednesday, Aug. 21

COURTESY PHOTO - Cherish Nunnally will perform at Wade Creek Park on  Wednesday, Aug. 21.

When Cherish Nunnally performs at Wade Creek Park, she won't be the only one on stage.

Nunnally, who plays a variety of country, pop and children's music, will be joined by local youths Alaina Fidanzo and Eryn Morgan.

"I like to include children with the same goals and aspirations for music," Nunnally said. "Everyone has to have a start somewhere, and the younger you get that, the better."

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Nunnally, Morgan and Fidanzo will perform at 747 N.W. Wade St. The evening will be the final installment of Estacada's new summer concert series, which previously featured the Red Hots and O Brother.

Nunnally has been interested in music her whole life. Growing up, her mailbox was a mile from her house, and she would sing in the car as her mother drove to collect the mail.

"Music has always been my safe place," she added.

While on stage, Nunnally strives to interact with younger audience members.

"The biggest thing is giving kids hope, and an example of following their dreams," she said. "I like to engage with kids and light that spark. It's the best feeling ever."

She also wants to cultivate a space where everyone can be themselves.

"It's about creating a safe environment for kids to be who they are and not be judged for that," she said. "I use music as a way for them to have fun and be safe. We can all act silly together."

Nunnally's influences include Reba McEntire, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Adele.

"I'm a power ballad type of girl," she said.

During her concerts, Nunnally strives to make everyone feel welcome.

"It's kid friendly, family oriented and super full of energy," she said.

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