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Matt McAndrew "Home for the Holidays"

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Credits: Elvan McMillen
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Morgan Damato (Left) with Michelle Damato (Right) collecting the toys donated by the fans to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Over 300 toys were donated! Credits: Elvan McMillen
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Morgan Damato (Left) with Michelle Damato (Right) collecting the toys donated by the fans to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Over 300 toys were donated! Credits: Elvan McMillen
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Sam's father just returned home from a year long deployment.
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STAFFORD, NJ – Former Southern Regional graduate and Barnegat Light native, Matt McAndrew, came “Home for the Holidays” with a concert for our community.

“The Voice” seventh season runner up performed last night at the Oceanfirst Theatre/ Stafford Township Arts Center (STAC) after recently finishing up his fall tour. Over 600 tickets were sold with over 300 toys donated by the community for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It was a huge success.

The lobby was packed more than an hour before the show began. Many anxiously awaiting to see Matt perform, along with Southern Regional junior, Sam Laubach, who opened up the show. McAndrew and Laubach met last year around this time when they sang together at the Stafford Diner.

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During Sam’s performance she heard a whistle and said, “I know my dad is here because I can hear his whistle.” She then told the audience how her father just returned home Friday night from a year long deployment. The whole audience stood up cheering and applauding Sam’s father for his commitment and sacrifice for our country. It was a truly moving moment.

Matt McAndrew and his band opened up with his song “Pins and Needles” from his upcoming album.

He had us reminiscing of his performances on NBC’s “The Voice” with the songs on his set list. Matt performed “A Thousand Years,” “Take Me To Church,” “Yellow,” “The Blower’s Daughter,” and even the song he performed with Adam Levine, “Lost Stars,” just to name a few.

Matt also sang a few Christmas songs to celebrate the holiday season and some originals like, “My Enemy” and "Wasted Love." He closed the show by calling Sam Laubach back on stage to perform his song “Wasted Love” together.

Saturday night Matt tweeted “Nothing like a hometown show!!  Thank you.  I hope those were tears of happiness ­čśť­čśś”

Thank you Matt for coming home and showing your love for the fans in our community!

 

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