May 31, 2016
Some husbands get their wives flowers. Some bring chocolates, some jewelry. But Stephen Hoyle has stepped up the game: He got his wife, Rosanna, a country concert held in her honor.
When Stephen graduated from Georgia Southern and took a job in Nevils, he never imagined he’d be staying in the area. But then, he said, he met Rosanna.
Eighteen years of marriage and two children later, “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than her town,” Hoyle said.
So when he saw that country artist Chelsea Bain was holding an essay contest — “The Power of a Woman,” which asked contestants to write about a woman in their lives — he couldn’t resist writing about Rosanna. And as it turned out, Bains was just as impressed with Rosanna as Stephen is, and selected her as the winner of the contest.
The idea for the contest came after Chelsea Bain encountered Lee Brice’s song, “The Power of a Woman,” for the first time.
“I was taken away with it,” she said. “I’ve always had strong women to look up to. Half the women in my family have, like, five arms and are doing 12 things at once!”
Feeling so moved by it, Bain decided to cover the song.
“It’s beautiful the way he sings it, but a guy singing it makes you think pretty clearly in one way,” she said. “I wanted to change the perspective. People don’t look at women enough, or see how amazing we really are.”
After cutting the song and releasing its music video, Bain wanted “to interact with these powerful women, and with my fans. The song really struck me, and I couldn’t just leave it at that.” So she created the contest, and offered a private, personal concert in the winner’s hometown as the prize.
Stephen Hoyle discovered Chelsea Bain’s song and contest while searching for “good country songs for female vocalists,” he said, as his musical daughter, local country up-and-comer Chyann Rose, is always looking for new songs to add to her set lists.
“I listened to ‘Power of a Woman’ and I thought, my gosh, that’s talking about Rosanna,” said Hoyle. “She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of all the people she comes into contact with on a daily basis. She brightens the day of everyone she sees.”
He had never before written about his love for his wife, but upon learning about the contest, he felt compelled to enter.
“I didn’t really think I had a chance,” said Hoyle, who wanted Chelsea Bain not only to know about Rosanna, but also that the song “had such an impact” on him. “It really resonated,” said Hoyle.
Rosanna was selected as the contest winner because she “so graciously takes on more than she has to,” Chelsea Bain said. “That woman clearly loves, and is so selfless and giving. To me, that’s a strong woman.”
Rosanna Hoyle has taught dance classes in multiple locations all over Bulloch County, but by the time she and Stephen met, she owned a centralized location in Brooklet, where she was born and raised.
She’s been teaching at Southern Dance Academy for 32 years now, and has influenced the lives of countless area dancers. Her own daughters have taken classes at Southern Dance Academy since they were three years old.
Also among her students are the children of former students, which her husband believes is the biggest tell of Rosanna’s success.
“They’ll say, ‘I can’t wait until my daughter gets to take dance from you,’” said Hoyle.
“She has this effect on generation after generation,” affirmed Bain. “And she is so involved in her community in so many different ways.”
In addition to running Southern Dance Academy, Rosanna Hoyle is also the secretary of her church. On the home front, she’s mother to two accomplished young women, and has been a huge support to her husband over the course of his coaching career.
“Trying to be a coach’s wife — not just mine, but any coach’s wife — is hard,” said Hoyle. “But she’s been there for me whenever I needed her, and she keeps me straight.”
Upon learning they had won the contest, the Hoyle family decided to open the event up to the public and chose Eagle Creek Brewing Company to host the show.
In addition to tastings, tours, concerts and fundraisers, Eagle Creek hosts open mic nights, trivia nights and yoga classes. Recently, they have even partnered with the Averitt Center to offer painting classes.
Kimberly Brown, taproom and event manager at Eagle Creek, sees the upcoming Chelsea Bain concert as “an honor, and an opportunity for us to give back to the community while showcasing what we do best: make good beer.”
The brewery’s five staple beers — Spot Tail Light Blonde Ale, Grass Roots Lemon Lime Hefeweizen, Georgia Tea Party Amber Ale, Adaptation IPA and Low Country Pale Ale — will be available at the show, as well as the newest beer from the Gas Light Series.
Eagle Creek “does such wonderful things for our community, and it’s a nice little venue for an intimate concert,” Stephen said. “There’s a big, open area where people can mingle and have a lot of fellowship.”
The brewery is a “fun, family-friendly environment,” Brown said, and the Chelsea Bain concert is scheduled early in the evening to accommodate an all-ages crowd. There will be food and nonalcoholic drinks available as well. There is no charge to attend, and everyone is invited.
“It will mean so much to Rosanna and her family for you to be a part of this special event,” said Stephen, whose daughter, Chyann Rose, will open the show at 6 p.m. on June 10 at Eagle Creek.
At 7 p.m., Chelsea Bain, who admits she “doesn’t know how to sit still” onstage, will perform with a full band, including vocals, guitar, bass and fiddle.
“Rosanna Hoyle was the most inspiring woman out of all of the submissions because she is doing so much for so many people,” said Bain. “This show is to honor Rosanna, and give her a good time. I think she deserves a big old party.”