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January 28, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 4, 2020 UCW 15 COVER STORY Peace, love and Texas: Community Concerts presents The Texas Tenors by CRISSY NEVILLE The Fayettev ille Commu- nit y Concer t series put in a tall order for t he midw inter 2020 show. The response? A show as big as Texas. Com- munit y Concer ts brings sing ing sensat ion The Texas Tenors to t he Crow n The- ater, Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Emmy Award-w in- ning vocalists rose to fame on "A merica's Got Talent" in 2009. World renow ned, The Texas Tenors are t he most successf ul music g roup and t hird highest-selling ar t- ist in t he histor y of t he T V show. Now t he tenor t rio of John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher are bring ing t heir 10t h A nniversar y Tour to Fayettev ille for a one- night performance. Communit y Concer ts att ract ions director Mi- chael Fleishman is excited to host The Texas Tenors in t his 84t h show season t hemed "It's Show t ime." The Texas Tenors is t he t hird hit att ract ion in t he all-star concer t line-up, coming af ter Chicago and Mannheim Steamroller's stellar product ions and usher- ing in The Four Tops and The Temptat ions combo March 6 and The Oak ridge Boys May 21. Adding to t he ant icipat ion for The Texas Tenor performance is t he concer t date, a day as sy nony mous w it h love as t he tenor voice is w it h romance. "This is t he perfect Valent ine's Day show. Sk ip t he restaurant lines and do t his instead. From Br uno Mars, t he R ighteous Brot hers and John Denver to count r y music and Broadway hits, The Texas Tenors are a nonstop wow," said Fleishman. The versat ile vocals of t he t rio make for a night of excit ing enter tainment. The 10t h A n- niversar y Tour includes a collect ion of music f rom t he past decade, including select ions f rom t he 2019 album "A Collect ion of Broad- way & A merican Classics," which debuted at #1 on t he Billboard Classical Char ts. The hit parade pinnacle is a second for t he band, as t heir 2017 studio album "R ise" met t he same acclaim. The Texas Tenors look for ward to sharing t heir songs w it h Fayettev ille fans. "We are excited about our upcoming Valen- t ine's Day concer t at t he Crow n," said Tenor Marcus Collins. "We've put toget her a special reper toire of some of our favorites but also what we feel are t he most romant ic love songs ever w ritten. Of course, t here w ill be a mi x of our sig nature pat riot ic, count r y and classical songs as well." Over t he past decade, t he classically t rained tenors have performed more t han 1,300 con- cer ts around t he U.S. and world, including headline shows in Las Vegas, Nevada; Bran- son, Missouri; China; and a 24-cit y tour in t he United K ingdom. The Texas Tenors perform t hree dif ferent live concer ts, "R ise: Live on Tour," "Let Freedom Sing" and holiday fa- vorite "Deep in t he Hear t of Christ mas." The 2019-20 10t h A nniversar y Tour celebrates t he g roup's success w it h hits fan love and brand- new music. Wit h four studio albums, four DV D releases, t wo Public Broadcast ing Ser v ice specials and mult iple singles to date, t heir music appeals to all ages and blends many music genres, so much t hat t hey were named Billboard's Magazine's 2017 #10 Classical Crossover A r t ist in t he World. The Texas Tenor music has roots in count r y, classical, opera and Broadway show tunes, and meets success in all venues f rom performing ar ts centers and casinos to sy mphony halls and outdoor fest ivals. The g roup even performs on cr uise vacat ions, w it h private performances for members of t heir of- f icial and ever-g row ing fan club. In addit ion to collaborat ions w it h some of t he more prest ig ious sy mphonies in t he world, including t he Houston Sy mphony, Pittsburg Sy mphony and The Cit y of Prag ue Orchest ra, t he g roup has performed at t he W hite House Nat ional Tree Light ing, Medal of Honor cer- emonies, charit y events, NBA games and t he Professional Bull R iding World Finals in Las Vegas. Of special dist inct ion is t he fact t hat The Texas Tenors are among t he top 50 ar t- ists f rom t he AGT series inv ited to compete on t he show 's NBC prime-t ime championship spin-of f, "A merica's Got Talent: The Champi- ons" and t he only U.S. vocal g roup inv ited to par t icipate. Beyond music, Hagen, Collins and Fisher are also published aut hors. Winner of t he 2015 Gelett Burgess Award for Excel- lence in Children's Litera- ture, "Ruck us on t he Ranch" is t he inaug ural picture book f rom The Texas Ten- ors, a western-t hemed read about play f ul ranch critters. A si x-song CD of accompa- ny ing music for "Ruck us on t he Ranch" accompanies t he book. The Texas Tenor's second and newest book, "Moon's on Fire," is soon to be released and is a sequel to "Ruck us." It also comes w it h a CD and features "The Cowboy Lullaby" for t he youngest fans. The men t hat make up The Texas Tenors are as varied as t he music t hey sing. John Hagen, referred to simply as "The Tenor," has an ex ten- sive classical backg round, while Marcus Collins, "The Contemporar y Tenor," has a past t hat includes T V and f ilm work. JC Fisher, aka "The Romant ic Tenor," is t he g roup's founder who g rew up sing ing in church. Collect ively, t heir inf luenc- es include ar t ists f rom t he modern, classical, spiritual and operat ic t radit ions. A member of The Texas Tenor fan club, Francene Taylor lives in Havelock, Nor t h Car- olina, but plans to t ravel to Fayettev ille for t he Feb. 14 special. She has seen t he g roup over 70 t imes and in states rang ing f rom Nor t h Caro- lina and New Jersey to Missouri and A rizona, including t wo cr uise concer ts. For her, and ot her devoted fan club members, t raveling to see t heir favorite band is not a problem. "W herever t hey go," said Taylor, "people just g rav itate to t hem. I k now we do." Hooked on The Texas Tenors since t he f irst AGT broadcast, Taylor described t heir person- alit ies, not only musicalit y, as "mag net ic." "Each of t he Tenors brings somet hing spe- cial to t he t rio, and each has unique charac- ter. But when t hey combine, watch out! They are also ver y audience-oriented; t he g uys draw t he crowd into ever y performance. Even t hough I have seen t hem many t imes, each performance is unique, and t hey never do exact ly t he same show t w ice." To buy single-show t ickets to The Texas Tenor performance, v isit t he Crow n box of f ice in person, t he Cape Fear Ti x website online or call 1-888-267-6208. For season memberships, see http://w w w.communit y-concer ts.com/ t ickets/. CRISSY NEVILLE., Editor of Women's View Magazine and Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-364-6638. e Emmy-Award-winning Texas Tenors will be in Fayetteville on Friday, Feb. 14.

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