WATCH: Eric Church Delivers Intimate Performance of ‘Heart of the Night’ at CMA Summer Jam

by Shelby Scott

Eric Church has a unique stage presence and sense of performance. His overall subtle appeal immediately draws fans in. His vocals frequently encourage audiences to listen closely to the lyrics as they occupy a more physical form than other songs. Eric Church demonstrated that multidimensionality during his performance of “Heart of the Night” during the CMA Summer Jam.

The small, spacious setting allows the artist’s vocals to more heavily roll through the mic and over the listening ears of gathered fans.

Church took to the Pedestrian Bridge for his performance. However, the main events of the CMA Summer Jam took place at the Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville. In true Eric Church style, his quiet, subdued persona reflects in his surroundings. He was only accompanied by a small crowd on a dark bridge, backed by few musicians and one backup singer.

The song takes off with a gentle, rolling set of lyrics and the rhythmic strumming of Church’s acoustic guitar. Suddenly, his backup singer and the gentle instrumentals of his band join in. The tune carries on before Church’s vocals and his band punctuate the conclusion of the chorus.

“Let’s point this thing west into the chest of the still-beating heart of the night.”

His explosive performance was met with cheers and applause from attending fans. Followers to CMA’s Twitter account shared their love in the comments beneath the clip. “Love me some Church,” wrote one follower. Here at Outsider, we can’t help but agree.

Eric Church Postponed Lake Tahoe Concerts During Ongoing Wildfires

Eric Church’s performance at the CMA Summer Jam highlights his strong stage presence and the dynamism with which he performs. However, those looking forward to seeing Eric Church perform live out west recently suffered major disappointment. Unfortunately, the Chief had to cancel his performances in the Lake Tahoe area.

Church’s performance should have taken place at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena near the end of August, however, the wildfires engulfing the resort area and surrounding locations made it entirely unsafe for both the artist and concertgoers.

Handfuls of country music stars have been forced to cancel their shows within the last few weeks for a number of reasons. Several include an increase in coronavirus infections nationally, major flooding throughout the south and eastern regions of the country, and, of course, the raging wildfires out west.

Alongside Eric Church, other canceled country performances include those by Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Thomas Rhett, among others.

Overall, natural disasters seem to have taken the place of the coronavirus pandemic for now, leading to dozens of canceled and postponed events.