Jim has been performing since he was a child, and professionally for the last 30 years. His first break came in his early twenties when Sony Music Canada signed Jim to an artist development deal which lead to a record deal with FRE records in Toronto. Jim’s self-titled debut album garnered 5 top ten radio hits, 3 hit videos, and awards from the Canadian Country Music Association, The Big Country Awards, a SOCAN Songwriting award, and others. This impressive debut lead to a record deal with Curb records in Nashville, home to Leanne Rimes, Tim McGraw and Wynonna Judd. More impressive chart action followed, and Jim’s album “Forgiveness” was even nominated for a Dove Award for “Inspirational Album Of The Year” in Nashville.
Through the years Jim has received much audience feedback requesting a show of Barry Manilow’s material. “I remember singing Manilow songs while I was playing piano bars in Southern Ontario as a teenager. I love these tunes. Everybody does. Even those who won’t admit it...they love a good Manilow song”. After carefully choosing the best from Barry Manilow’s songbook, working on the arrangements, and tailoring the visual aspect of the show, Jim’s newest musical tribute “I Write The Songs” is ready to go on the road.
MELINDA DOOLITTLE became a household name on season six of American Idol. According to Simon Cowell and audiences alike, Melinda is the "one who should have won."
Since her time on Idol, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. She has gone on to share the stage with some of the very artists for whom she sang background as well as music luminaries such as Peter Cetera, Cyndi Lauper, and the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.
In an evening filled with songs ranging from your favorite American Standards to Top 40 Hits, the Soul Songstress brings her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage in a show called It Must Be Love. Thrilling audiences of all ages, Doolittle reminds America why they voted for her, and proves that the audience always wins.
The Blandelles are a seven-piece collection of professionals who have carved out a niche in the northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma area by playing “Rock and Roll, The Way You Remember It” since 1985. Their recently released 30th anniversary CD pays tribute to some of the best songs in their repertoire. In regular life, six of the band members have jobs in the educational field; teachers, coaches, tech guys and band directors always need to supplement their income!
About our name: The band was created by some faculty members who taught at Bland High School in Merit, Texas - hence the name, "Blandelles." Only one member is left from 1985, and none of the current band members have taught at Bland since the 1980s. Since changing our name would mean starting over again, we've kept the Blandelles name all these years.
That’s where Victoria’s third album, Indigo, comes from. “These songs aren’t written to fit a genre, or to meet an expectation of a sound,” she says. “They’re built from bare-bones midnight recording sessions in my attic. They’re things that I need to say. And these are the songs that people ask for at my shows, so they’re things that people need to hear too.”
Victoria has earned a place as one of the most respected artists in the Canadian Music Industry, the admiration of Nashville’s music elite, and the label of “one of the best songwriters in the business” by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine. In a world where authenticity often takes a backseat to marketability, Victoria’s music is a unique breath of fresh air.
This exciting, fully costumed theatrical production follows the roots of American music, down highways, city streets and country roads visiting, and remembering, the people and places that have made an indelible mark on our collective musical souls.
From concert halls, dance floors and street corners these songs express the traditions of the past and the hopes of our shared destiny and have been propelled from sea to shining sea by the undeniable rhythm of freedom. In this encore presentation, Matt Davenport Productions is looking forward to traveling with you down the highways and byways of our great land, rediscovering the roots of American music.
Equinox band leaders Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson provide an electric big jazz band experience that will be sure to delight. Louisiana native Jeremy Davis has lead various bands on over 200 shows a year on the road before forming Equinox. Jeremy’s groups have been featured at festivals, theaters and venues all across the country. Raised in a family of preachers, teachers and Folk/Southern Gospel singers, Clay was born to inspire and entertain. His passion for music performance has developed since childhood over thousands of concerts, musicals and shows on stages from L.A. to NYC, whether volunteering to sing at his children’s school, crooning for the senior citizens center, or singing at festivals, arenas, or sold-out theaters.
New Orleans Musical Legend Ronnie Kole is a pianist/entertainer who is a class act and consummate performer. Kole is popular in both his own country and overseas. The New Orleans-based musician spends much time abroad in Europe and Asia, where his smooth sound and elegant persona lend themselves to refined venues and guest appearances with symphony orchestras as well as festivals world wide. Kole is a piano man's piano man, admired by many top stars in the business, from Harry Connick Jr. to Allen Toussaint.
Kole's CD’s Music of the Vines, Volumes 1 and 2 are cleverly arranged around his appearances at many chateaux throughout the wine country of France, where he is immensely popular. For the music he wrote and recorded about the vineyards, he received the Chevalier to the Arts and Letters, the highest award the French Government gives to a person in the Arts. The exquisite settings of the vineyards are a perfect backdrop for a musician who sets the standard for elegance itself, in a way that perhaps no musical artist has done since Duke Ellington last sat down at the piano.
All of our concerts are held at the historical Greenville Municipal Auditorium, just two blocks for Downtown Greenville.A historical building built in the art deco style that seats over 1700 persons and hosts a multitude of events ranging from symphony concerts to country shows