Matthew Morrison, The Band Perry to Play Sets at Hard Rock Cafes
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:43:14
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On May 10th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will kick off the Songwriters Music Series at the Hard Rock Cafe New York with a short acoustic set by musician and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Following the launch in NYC, the series will travel to Nashville, Tennessee on June 2nd with a performance by the ACM Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry at the Hard Rock Café's Reverb Room and Los Angeles in September with a soon to be announced artist.
"Starburst is pleased to present the Songwriters in the Round series to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation," said Michael Watt, Wrigley's VP and General Manager US Confections. "We are honored to help support the efforts of the Foundation and bring the spirit of Starburst's contradictions campaign to various elements of this year's events. "
Songwriters Music Series benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in their mission to provide all children with access to a complete education that includes music. Presented by Starburst, each event will be unique to its host city, held at an exclusive venue and feature today's most celebrated artists/bands performing their hit songs and sharing their personal stories behind the music. As an added bonus, each artist/band will also perform a special song that is contradictory to their normal genre in spirit of Starburst candy's contradictory taste - solid, yet juicy like a liquid. Later in April, Starburst is kicking off the partnership with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation by launching The Contradictions Project. Joining Starburst, additional national sponsors of the Songwriters Music Series include: Anheuser-Busch, Martin Guitars and William Hill Estate Wines. Tickets are priced at $100 each, all to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and a limited number are currently on sale; by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-846-7882.
"We are thrilled to have Matthew Morrison and The Band Perry participate in our Songwriters Music Series," said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "Having artists of their caliber lend their time and efforts to supporting our cause is an honor and we look forward to continuing to raise awareness about the importance of a musical education in a child's life, ensuring that additional children have access to the benefits of music study."
Matthew Morrison's self-titled debut is available May 10th on Mercury Records. In support of the album and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Matthew is launching a major summer tour, which will feature songs from his forthcoming album, including the hit single "Summer Rain," along with many of the Glee fan favorites. In tribute to the great glee clubs across the country, the tour will also offer regional glee clubs the chance to compete for the 'opening act' performance slot in each market and the winner will be chosen by Morrison. Entries can be submitted on Matthew's site.
Matthew Morrison is best known to millions as the eternally optimistic high school teacher - and de facto glee club director - Will Schuester, on the FOX television network's runaway hit comedy series Glee. The show ranks as the #1 entertainment program on broadcast television among Adults 18-34, Teens and Female Teens. Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and shared the 2009 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, for Glee. Morrison is no stranger to musical theatre, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York University's renowned Tisch School of the Arts. His first big Broadway break came as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit Hairspray. Morrison was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza. He received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. Morrison also starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at New York's Lincoln Center Theater.
The Band Perry's performance in Nashville, Tennessee on June 2nd will follow the Songwriters Music Series' debut in New York. One of Country music's hottest break-through acts, The Band Perry released their self-titled debut album in October 2010 and just four months later, it was certified Gold. The family trio's "modern throwback" style combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock, Gospel and Soul. As songwriters and musicians, their sound is distinct and rounded out by the rare magic of perfect three-part harmonies. Their first single, the up-tempo "Hip To My Heart" was a Top 20 hit, followed by the inspiring, reflective "If I Die Young," reached #1, was certified Platinum and racked up over 18 million views on YouTube. The Band Perry recently revealed their third single, "You Lie." The sassy anthem of a woman scorned features wordplay that proves the pen is mightier than the sword. "You Lie" is TBP's fastest-climbing radio single to date. Having previously earned CMA and Grammy nominations, the Band Perry recently earned their first ACM Awards (for New Artist of the Year and New Duo or Group of the Year). On April 8, they will join Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic Tour in Corpus Christi, TX.
After Nashville, the series will move to Los Angeles in September with a surprise performance set to-be-announced in the coming months.
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