You are invited to join Renee and Anson Funderburgh to celebrate Collin County’s vibrant music scene and pay it forward. North Texas is home to some of the top musicians and singers in America.

On Monday, Jan. 6, many of them will gather at Love & War in Texas for a soul-stirring night of live music, a taste tour of Texas and fund raising for the Texas Music Project (TMP). TMP is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing and producing music education programs for students, schools and communities through partnerships with music industry professionals.

“We want to bring two concerts to McKinney in 2014,” says Renee Funderburgh. “One will be held at MPAC (McKinney Performing Arts Center) and the other will be an outdoor concert at Bonnie Wenk Park.”

Through the city of McKinney’s association with TMP, a few lucky students will not only get a chance to open for a headlining act, but the opportunity to work one on one with music industry veterans in a private session.

“My birthday is right around the corner and many of my friends asked what I wanted this year,” says Renee Funderburgh. “I want to give back to my community. Music is embedded in my family. It’s the universal language that connects us beyond country and culture. I also have a passion and huge heart for Historic Downtown McKinney. I told my friends that I don't need gifts, but our community does. It’s up to us to keep enriching our unique city, and my hope is to do that through music. So, instead of my typical birthday gathering of friends, I’m inviting my community out to join us. It’s a chance to be part of something BIG in 2014! Also, I chose Love & War in Texas because of their commitment to supporting live music in Collin County.”

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Love & War in Texas is located at 601 E. Plano Pkwy. in Plano. For more information on TMP, visit TexasMusicProject.org.