The Midnight Train to Georgia star's husband, William MCDowell, is from the area and they need $5 million (£4.1 million) to repair the facility at Reynolds High School, which at one time was the only African-American high school in the vicinity.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Knight and her husband purchased the property in 2015 for $80,000 (£65,100) to preserve it.

"I know this is where we are supposed to be," the singer said last week (ends05Mar17).

After the renovations are completed, the property will include a music center, a kitchen, addiction counselling services, kids' activities, a food pantry, a computer lab, exercise rooms, and an outdoor athletic field and walking track.