Thorn to raise money, donations for food pantry



By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Paul Thorn is giving back to Tupelo this Christmas.

The Tupelo-based singer-songwriter has recorded a new Christmas single, “That’s Not Why We’re Here,” and it’s for sale now at All of the proceeds from sale of the song will go to the Helping Hands Food Bank.

“Since we put it up, fans and friends have responded really well,” Thorn said.

The song is available for 99 cents, but fans can choose to donate more.

Thorn will share the stage with Belmont singer-songwriter Mac McAnally on Friday at the BancorpSouth Arena, and that offers another chance to give back.

“On Friday night, if they bring a food item, they’ll get a card to download the song,” Thorn said. “We’re trying to raise as much as we can.”

Helping Hands is a service of First Methodist Church in Tupelo.

Thorn first performed at the BancorpSouth Arena when he was on tour with Toby Keith, but he’s never shared a stage with McAnally.

McAnally recently took home his sixth Country Music Award for Musician of the Year.

“I’ve known Mac a long time, and he’s a pretty phenomenal performer and entertainer,” he said. “He’s as good as they get.”

For more information on the single, visit The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday and tickets are still available. For more information on the concert, visit

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