Entertainment – Atlanta
Saturday, October 19, 2013
One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.
Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious “The Home Depot Humanitarian Award” and the “Career Achievement Award.” Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album on September 11, 2012.
Vincent Grant Gill was born April 12, 1957 in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. His father encouraged him to learn to play guitar and banjo, which he did, eventually adding bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle to his instrumental array.
Gill’s high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have caused dozens of artists—from Reba McEntire to Dolly Parton to Barbra Streisand—to embrace him as a duet partner. After working more than 30 years as a professional musician, Gill has established himself as one of the most successful guitarists of his generation. Combining a deep knowledge of Americana, bluegrass, and classic country with the fire of ’60s rock, Gill has earned a place next to his musical heroes.
In addition to his passion for music, Gill donates a great deal of his time supporting numerous charitable organizations. He is one of country music’s most active and effective humanitarians.
Gill is married to Contemporary Christian superstar Amy Grant and the couple has 5 children, Jenny, Matt, Millie, Sarah and Corrina.
The Beach Boys
Friday, October 18, 2013
More than any other band, the Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play, it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.
Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have rested on the success of the 1966 Pet Sounds masterpiece or after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Happily for Atlanta Rally-goers, the Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive 1961 debut.
The legacy of this iconic American band continues with founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy veteran Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards), along with Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of the Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals).
Mike Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” the Beach Boys’ first hit, came from his pen. With his cousin Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy-nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by cowriting the irresistible “Kokomo,” the band’s best-selling single ever.
Few, if any, acts can match the Beach Boys’ concert presence and spirit. Rally-goers can expect an extraordinary evening of sun-drenched harmonies and classic surf tunes at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Vogues created a sound. It was a fresh, original blend of vocal harmony that left an indelible mark in the world of popular music. Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001, The Vogues remain one of the top vocal groups on the oldies scene today. Even though their first hit “You’re the One” was released over 40 years ago, the Vogues continue to attract sellout audiences at concerts and club appearances around the country. Their outstanding talent, stylish delivery and excellent choice of material, coupled with their vital, poised performance, makes this group one of the world’s top oldies acts. The 2008 return of original lead vocalist Bill Burkette only serves to enhance that authentic Vogues sound.
According to Webster, the word “vogue” means general favor or acceptance. The Vogues many sold-out shows prove that they are not only accepted, but favored by oldies aficionados everywhere! They truly fulfill the promise of their name. Throughout the years, the sound remains unmistakably The Vogues.