“For my money though, the performance of the night belonged to Darian Sanders. His performance of “It All Fades Away” (The Bridges of Madison County) had to be one of the best singular performances I have ever seen at the Lexington Opera House and of all the talent he has the makings of a breakout star. His gift from above was a gift to us all Saturday.”

“Ruiz was joined by Lexington singer Darien Sanders, a Concert with the Stars regular who once again more than held his own with national talent. At the inaugural CWTS in 2015, he dazzled the audience teaming up with Broadway and TV star Jonathan Groff on the title song from “Hair.” His Saturday night turn with Ruiz followed his powerful rendition of “I’m Here” from “The Color Purple,” which was the evening’s first showstopper.”