ForneyLive: House Concerts




The Home of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Spellman (1907-1989) This house was built in 1899 for Robert Preston Rhea, Forney’s most prominent pioneer merchant. The architect was E. H. Silver of Dallas, Texas and the contractor was J.A. Carpenter of Forney, Texas. Mr. & Mrs. Spellman purchased this house from Mr. & Mrs. R. P. Rhea in 1907 and it was continuously lived in by the Spellman family for over 80 plus years. 400 South Center St. Forney Texas, 75126.

Forney Live is the brainchild of Performing Arts Director Christie Conaway who teaches music to young children and Music Committee member Christi Elkins who once worked in the music biz in Nashville. One night sharing their mutual enthusiasm for live music turned into many nights of music, laughter, tears and friendship as they brainstormed ways to bring a new experience to their hometown. The result has been amazing personal concerts from the likes of stellar songwriters such as Jeff Black, Alice Peacock, Dan Navarro, Kim Richey, Michael McDermott, Austin Cunningham, Wynn Varble, & Kevin Welch all hosted inside the Historic Spellman Home in Downtown Forney.

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House Concert tickets are available for purchase online and at the door (limited availability). To purchase tickets online, click the ‘buy tickets’ button on any house concert event listed below. Transactions are processed through paypal. (Note: A paypal account is not necessary to complete your purchase. Simply click “pay with debit or credit card” to pay without signing up for paypal.) Once your purchase is complete, your ticket(s) will be held at the door. Please bring you photo I.D. and ticket receipt to claim your ticket(s).

Ticket price includes light refreshments. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverage. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event.


House Concerts are held at the Historic Spellman home (400 S. Center St. Forney, Texas 75126.) Street parking is available adjacent to the house along Center St., Church St. and Lowrance St.



The ForneyLive: House Concerts are organized by the FAC’s music committee.

Committee Meeting Schedule: Quarterly




Interested in performing live at the Historic Spellman Home? Contact Christie Conaway, Performing Arts Director at:


The Music Committee has many more events in the pipeline! With our love for music and fellowship and an idea and a little courage we can make anything happen. For more information contact Christie Conaway, Performing Arts Director at:



Upcoming House Concerts