Dierks Bentley Surprises Fan After Inspiring ‘Riser’ Story Goes Viral [Watch]
The song is the fifth single from the ACM, CMA and Grammy-nominated album of the same name, which has scored three consecutive No. 1 singles at country radio. Gihee Chang wrote to Bentley to express how strongly she identified with the its theme of perseverance and overcoming all odds.
“I cried the first time I heard your song ‘Riser.' I’ve never had that reaction from a song,’” she wrote. "The lyrics reminded me so much of my dad. My dad brought us to America from South Korea, so his family could have a better life. When we arrived to this country, no-one in my family could speak, read or understand English…my dad never let us know how scared he was, having to provide for his family of five. He never gave up…his hard work paid off. Ten years later he was offered a great job as an Engineer at Boeing. His three daughters all graduated from college…he achieved his American dream. My dad has Alzheimer’s now. He can barely speak and his once strong body is now frail. But in my eyes, he is still a Riser."
Bentley was so moved that he posted the letter to social media. Chang's co-workers at CBS2/KCAL9 saw his post and arranged a surprise meeting between Chang and Bentley at his Sounds of Summer Tour stop at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Thursday night (8/20). Watch her emotional reaction in the video above.
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