Music

New $1.1 Million Grant to Help Support Samford’s Center for Worship and the Arts

January 18, 2018

Education Extra Samford University has received an additional $1.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to further the work of the Center for Worship and the Arts. Housed in Samford’s School of the Arts, the center is advancing the conversation about teenage worshippers and teenage worship leaders. The founding director of the Center for Worship and the Arts, …

The GIFT of Music

December 11, 2017

Music Notes “Mom, thanks for letting me quit piano lessons when I was a kid!”… said no one ever! Actually, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone bemoan the fact that they quit taking piano or voice or [insert your instrument of choice here] lessons as a child. In elementary and junior …

Christmas in Four-Part Harmony at the Lyric

November 20, 2017

Music Notes  The award-winning men’s a cappella chorus, Voices of the South, will perform their 18th annual Christmas show, “Christmas at the Lyric, “December 9 at 7 p.m. As the name reflects, the performance will be at the beautifully restored downtown Birmingham Lyric Theatre and will include a wide variety of great Christmas music. A …

My Story My Song: Birmingham’s Cheryl McWhorter

October 27, 2017

Music Notes Birmingham gospel recording artist, Cheryl McWhorter, recently released her new single titled “No More.” The single was co-produced by Birmingham composer, Lincoln Byron Morgan Thomas and is meant to bring consciousness to the problem of domestic violence.  A percentage of the proceeds from the single will be donated to safehouses across the country. …

Live Gospel Music including Jimmy Davis

September 23, 2017

Music Notes Enjoy a great day of Gospel Music at the First Annual North Jefferson Gospel Fest at Black Creek Park in Fultondale October 28. Among the performers will be multi-award winning Southern Gospel singer and songwriter, Jimmy Davis (www.jdea.org) from Pilot, Va. Davis has received more than 30 awards (CGMA, AMG, Emmy) for his …

Reaching Kids for Christ Through Music

August 24, 2017

Music Notes With the help of about 50 volunteers and community donations, Rev. Daniel M. Cason and his wife Gwendolyn invited nearly 300 children to their 21st Annual Summer Music Camp- free of charge. The two-week camp allowed children, who would not otherwise have the chance, to learn from music professionals and grow in their …

Music Notes: Ellie Holcomb

July 25, 2017

Dove Award Winning Ellie Holcomb On Stage in Birmingham Get ready for a great night of beautiful music and inspiration at Iron City Birmingham on Thursday August 24.  “Hymns of Hope” features an evening with Dove Award winning singer-song writer Ellie Holcomb and benefits Shelby County’s Prodigal Pottery, a ministry of King’s Home. Prodigal Pottery’s …

Remembering Gospel Greats, RW Blackwood & Bill Lyles

May 26, 2017

Music Notes Gospel music fans and anyone with an interest in music history are in for an incredible treat Friday June 30 at the Samford Wright Center. The Blackwood Quartet, featuring Ron and Mark Blackwood, will present a “Blackwood Brothers Memorial Concert” remembering RW Blackwood and Bill Lyles. June 30 marks 63 years since the …

Red Mountain Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof

May 25, 2017

City Scene  “Fiddler on the Roof is the perfect musical. It has everything in it-music, dance, and a rich story,” says Kyle Holman who will be playing the lead role of Tevye in the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) production of the musical beginning June 9.  Set in a little village in Russia in 1905, …

Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival Helps Ady’s Army

April 29, 2017

Music Notes Bob Sykes Bbq will celebrate its 60th Anniversary while hosting its 8th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq and Blues Festival on Saturday, May 20 from Noon-8pm. The event combines the music of award winning local and national blues musicians with great bbq at DeBardeleben Park in historic downtown Bessemer. The blues musicians set to …