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GRAMMY(R) Award Winning Marc Cohn, one of this Generation’s most Compelling Singers/Songwriters, will return to St. Cecilia Music Center on Thursday, March 19

Grammy award winning singer / songwriter Marc Cohn returns to St. Cecilia Music Center on March 19, 2020. Cohn last appeared in Grand Rapids at St. Cecilia Music Center in April 2017 where he received a resounding standing ovation after totally captivating the audience with his powerful voice and emotional lyrics.

St. Cecilia Music Director Executive Director Cathy Holbrook, says, “We are excited to bring back Marc Cohn in concert on March 19. Since he was last here in Spring 2017, Marc has spent time on the road with legendary Michael McDonald, worked closely with David Crosby and other American music greats including soul survivor William Bell, who won his first Grammy at age 78 with Marc’s help in creating Bell’s celebrated album, “This is Where I Live”. With his latest work with the gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama we can’t wait to hear his new concert repertoire. This is going to be an amazing evening!”

In August 2019, Cohn released a soul / gospel /pop album, “Work to Do”, along with Grammy Award winners, Blind Boys of Alabama. The album’s collection combined Cohn’s unique vocal and songwriting talents with the sanctified genius of these veteran gospel stars.

Cohn originally rose to the top of the pop world when he won the Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” and since that time Marc Cohn has solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Cohn continues to do what he does best: infuse American music with both a fresh perspective and a reverence for its deep roots.

Bonnie Raitt has declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.”

Marc Cohn concert tickets are $40 and $45 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org.A post-concert “Meet-the-artist” reception with a cash bar will be offered to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to possibly meet Marc Cohn and obtain signed CDs of his many releases 

More about Marc Cohn can be found on his website marccohnmusic.comor at paradigmagency.com/music/marc-cohn/

 St. Cecilia Music Center Acoustic Cafe Folk Series 2020 Available Remaining Concerts

  •  Guitarist / Singer Raul Midón will perform at SCMC on February 27, 2020.  The New York Times named Raul Midón “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Midón has earned acclaim the world over, with a fan base that stretches from San Francisco to India, Amsterdam to Tokyo. The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper wrote: “Midón has a lovely voice, a beautifully controlled tenor that can express anything from tenderness to passion… And the guy can play. His strumming has a flamenco flourish, but after a while, you realize he can do every kind of accompaniment he needs on acoustic guitar.”
  •  GRAMMY® award winning folk Americana singer and songwriter Marc Cohnwill perform on March 19, 2019.
  • Shawn Colvin returns for her second appearance at St. Cecilia Music Center on May 19, 2020 performing her newly released album Steady On Acoustic in its entirety. Her original 1989 album Steady On became her first Grammy Award winning album and brought her significant acclaim and a large devoted fan base.

Single Tickets

Single tickets to chamber, jazz, and folk concerts can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.orgFor all concerts, apost-concert party is open to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to possibly meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases Ticket prices: There is a $2.50 fee for all single tickets. All concerts start at 7:30pm. All concerts include a post-concert party for concert ticket holders. 

SINGLE TICKETS 

Acoustic Café Folk Series tickets remaining

Raul Midón

Thursday, February 27, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

Marc Cohen

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

Shawn Colvin

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

Jazz Series single tickets remaining 

Luciana Souza

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

The Clayton Brothers

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center single tickets 

From Prague to Vienna

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A section $45

B section $40

Marc Cohen Bio

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point Time magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.”

Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join the Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

About his album Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich, immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.” In late 2014, Cohn released “The Coldest Corner in the World,” the title song to the documentary Tree Man and his first original song released in more than seven years.

On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities along with the bonus album Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy award that followed.

Marc’s momentum continued into a busy and fruitful 2017, which he spent in part on the road with the legendary Michael McDonald, garnering critical acclaim across the U.S. His writing talent was also drafted for work with a roster of American music greats including soul survivor William Bell, who won his first Grammy at age 78 with Marc’s help; Marc co-wrote a solid half of Bell’s celebrated album This is Where I Live, including the passionate opening cut “The Three Of Me.” The album revived the sound of Stax soul’s golden age, when Bell had first cut his teeth as an artist, and which had influenced Marc Cohn so powerfully – in its way, completing a circle and letting Marc give back to one of the originators of the sound that shaped him.

Marc revisited another corner of American music’s rich heritage with the Blind Boys of Alabama on the Grammy-nominated song “Let My Mother Live,” and also worked with David Crosby on the album Lighthouse. As powerfully influenced by the singer-songwriter tradition as he is by the legacy of soul and gospel, working with the ‘60s icon was a project that got right to Marc’s creative core.

Marc in August 2019 released a collaborative record with gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama titled Work To DoWork to Do is comprised of three studio tracks by Cohn and the Blind Boys (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.

Moving forward, Marc continues to do what he does best: infuse American music with both a fresh perspective and a reverence for its deep roots.

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. The Center fulfills this mission by presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and  preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events