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Ace Young Rocks in Grand Rapids

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Ace Young wants to know whether he's really connecting with his fans.

"I need to know if 'it' is working," he said to The Grand Rapids Press before meeting nearly 1,200 fans who congregated Saturday outside Van Andel Arena.

Ace Young Rocks in Grand Rapids At least two fans believe Young's link with his fans is in fine form.

"He represents everybody, and he's so down to earth," said Michelle Flint, 26, of Grand Rapids, who was waiting to meet the former American Idol contestant before his appearance at the first intermission of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game.

"Ace is so nice, and he hasn't let his fame go to his head," said Brittany Duba, 18, of Grand Rapids.

Young, who finished seventh during last season's American Idol contest, was excited about sharing songs old and new with the sold-out crowd.

"I'm singing 'Scattered,' my first single, and 'Dream On' by Aerosmith," he said. "I want my fans to know you can always dream for the future."

As much as the Denver native is thrilled about performing and writing music with Desmond Child for a forthcoming album, his greatest joy is in giving back through his charitable efforts.

"On my website, I feature some kids with cancer, and one of them, McKenzie, is 3, and she just relapsed and needs a bone marrow transplant," he said.

"To see so many of my fans get tested to see if they are a match is amazing."

Because of his brother's car accident ten years ago, Young is especially sensitive to the needs of families with hospitalized children.

Along with his fan club, Highrollers with Heart, Young has raised more then $80,000 for a "family amenities" area at Denver Children's Hospital.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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My Girls met Ace at the waffle house in charlotte, N.C. and it was the best thing that could have happen to the younger girls.Ace,Taylor and Elliott were there having something to eat and alot of people around. Ace was so nice to my youngest he smile and had open arms for them and they made funny faces as my oldest took pictures.One of my girls told him he could do a orbit commerical his smile is so pretty and white. my oldest spoke to him and his brother Ryan and ask if they had tried cherrywine the soda was made where she grew up ,Salisbury,NC and sundrop in Concord,NC the boys tasted the drinks and were hmmmm who know how the the guys are they were great.anyway Salisbury post wrote a 2 page article on the event and post the picture of the group and the funny picture of Rebecca and Ace.When school strated everyone say the picture which is in her locker said hey you are the girl that was in newspaper and had your picture taken with Ace Young and she smile and said yep! Talk all about it to all her new friends...So Ace Young You are the Bomb and you get a cd out so we can here that voice of yours..all our love your gang from the waffle house.

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MY wife is a big Ace fan. She dragged my to Grand Rapids. I got to met Ace and I was very inpresed I thought he was a very nice guy and I wished him luck. Ace even shacked my hand. How I'm a fan of Ace.