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Forrester recoups almost triple original CD collection

By Cindy Simpson

A teen with Down syndrome who lost his beloved extensive CD collection now has even more music to fill his heart.


Christopher Forrester’s heart was broken when he lost around 150 CDs. But fellow music lovers have done more than make sure the distraught 16-year-old got his collection back.

“I’m excited,” said Forrester’s mother, Sarah Brown. “I’ve had people bringing CDs to my job and everything.”

Since the story of Forrester’s saga broke in the Roane County News early last month, East Tennessee music lovers have banded together to make sure the teen has more than recouped his lost collection.

They include his favorites: Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary.”

“Thanks to everyone who has donated, he probably has over 600 CDs,” Brown said. “The biggest thanks for my boss at work, Shashi Patel, for letting me bring CDs to work. He’s been awesome.”

Forrester received around 300 CDs last week from Rockwood karaoke provider Bryan Galyon, who saw a Facebook post and began taking up donations at his gigs.

He presented his gift to Forrester at Rancho Viejo Mexican Grill in Oak Ridge.

Passionate about music himself, Galyon said he couldn’t imagine if he lost it forever.

“A lot of people around here chipped in,” said Galyon.

Forrester, who also has a fondness for karaoke, couldn’t resist singing a few songs at the Oak Ridge restaurant.

They included one of his favorites, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

Forrester gave the audience an entertaining performance with his singing and dancing along to the tune.

When Galyon gave him the CDs the loving teen hugged him.

Forrester wore his Kentucky Headhunters shirt to the karaoke night.

He received the shirt when he attended the Headhunters’ concert at Harriman’s Princess Theatre in March.

Forrester also was able to meet the country and Southern rock artists while at the concert.