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The Center For The Arts Presents Joan Osborne: Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan Will Champlin opening
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 8:00 PM Main Stage Theater
7-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE JOAN OSBORNE
SONGS OF BOB DYLAN
ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 1st
Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.
On Songs of Bob Dylan, set to release on September 1, 2017, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon Dylan’s celebrated canon with performances honed by Osborne’s time spent performing “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan,” two critically acclaimed two-week residencies at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017.
Unconstrained by any notion of trying to imitate or surpass Dylan, Osborne felt free to play with the songs’ arrangements, a process that was also enabled by the virtuosity of Osborne’s collaborators, guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, The Fab Faux) and keyboardist Keith Cotton (Idina Menzel, Chris Cornell), who performed with her at Café Carlyle, and with whom she co-produced the album.
The album spans Dylan’s beloved standards from the ’60s and ’70s (“Masters of War,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “Buckets of Rain,” “Tangled Up In Blue”) to some of Osborne’s favorites from his later albums, including “Dark Eyes” (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” (from 1997’s Time Out of Mind), and “High Water” (from 2001’s Love and Theft).
Songs of Bob Dylan is a follow up to the singer’s 2014 album, Love and Hate, and 2012’s Grammy-nominated Bring It On Home. AllMusic has called her “the most gifted vocalist of her generation and a singer who understands the nuance of phrase, time, and elocution.” The Kentucky native famously got her start performing her own songs in New York City’s downtown rock clubs, around the time that she began to rediscover Dylan’s work with Oh Mercy. In 2003, Osborne joined the surviving members of The Grateful Dead and had the chance to sing with Dylan, their co-headliner. More information can be found at http://www.joanosborne.com/
Born and raised in Los Angeles into a musical family, Will Champlin holds his own from playing piano on Michael Jacksons last record, reaching top 3 of season 5 of THE VOICE, to most recently co-writing ‘Wolves’ from One Directions ‘Made in The AM’ record.
Once a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Will toured as a musician with the likes of Santana, Billy Ray Cyrus, to Glen Frey of the ‘Eagles’ and more. His songwriting work on Heather Headley’s 2010 “Audience of One” earned him 2 grammy wins. Propelled by a loyal & amazing fanbase known as “The #Champs” Will was able to reach the Billboard hot 100 with his rendition of “At Last. In July of 2014 Will released his Record known as ‘Borrowing Trouble’ which is available for download which features ‘Heat Of Passion’ used for HBO’s 2014 fall preview, and ‘Eye of the Pyramid’ in which he returned to the Voice stage.
Champlin is always sharpening his arrows of creativity to hit the bulls eye and make his mark in such a hugely competitive world of music.