Legendary singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards will return to perform in the MUSIC for a CHANGE benefit concert series on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, in the University of Hartford's Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Tickets are $25.
Opening the show will be Liz Longley, who is being hailed as one of the finest new talents of 2010.
Edwards was launched into stardom after his 1971 song "Sunshine (Go Away Today)" became a #4 Billboard hit and sold more than one-million copies. He has recorded 13 solo albums, performed throughout North America and Europe, and collaborated with artists Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet, Tom Chapin, and Christine Lavin.
Acclaimed as "a sensitive and distinct stylist" by Rolling Stone and "a strong performer who writes soothing and often moving tunes" by Billboard, Edwards is known for his energy, spirit and inspiring lyrics.
Making music for more than four decades, Edwards is amidst his busiest touring schedule in years and still shows no sign of slowing down. He recently recorded live CDs for his fans, Live in Massachusetts in 2006 and Rollin Along: Live in Holland in 2008. In addition, 2008 saw the release of a 90-minute documentary of Edwards' life and career, titled That's What Our Life Is, released by Media Artists.
Edwards's varied career has included theater, commercials, record production, and movie soundtracks. The National Library Association selected his 1987 album, Little Hands, as a "Notable Children's Recording." He has also narrated and performed in an award-winning, 13-part series for PBS, Cruising America's Waterways.
Longley, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, has drawn praise from the likes of Livingston Taylor and John Mayer. Longley's unique style crosses over several genres including acoustic pop, blues, jazz, and even a little country. She has won many honors and awards, including the highest honor at Berklee for songwriting - the Scott Benson Scholarship. Longley has opened for acclaimed artists such as Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, and Jesse Colin Young.
The University of Hartford launched the MUSIC for a CHANGE series in the spring of 2000, with the goal of using music as means of helping the Hartford community. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised for a number of Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is a leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes.
For tickets to the concert, call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587, or purchase them online at www.musicforachange.com. For more information about the MUSIC for a CHANGE concert series, go to www.hartford.edu.