Luke Bryan made a stop in Cincinnati to perform at Paul Brown Stadium on his ‘Kick up the Dust Tour’ on July 18. When Gloria Bechtel took her 9-year-old son, Connor, to the concert, she never imagined he would end up singing on stage with his idol.
Connor held up a makeshift poster that said, “My dream is to meet and sing with my hero Luke.” Luke saw the poster, took it from Connor and then picked him up and brought him on stage to sing his hit song, “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
What Luke and the thousands of concert-goers didn’t know is that Connor has Tourette’s syndrome and he uses country music as his outlet. Country music is like his medicine, Gloria Bechtel said. “When he has bad days or gets his feelings hurt from other kids, he comes home and blasts country music… It makes him feel better.”
When the family was headed home after the show, Bechtel said Connor was so overwhelmed with emotion that he cried. Connor wanted to thank Luke but knew he was already gone.
A few weeks prior to the Luke Bryan concert, Connor had the chance to sing with another one of his favorite singers, Brett Eldredge.
Bechtel said that Connor’s three favorite singers are Brett, Luke and Brad Paisley, who happens to be performing in Cincinnati on August 28. She hopes to get tickets so that Connor can see the show and maybe sing with a third country music star.