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MACA Presents Brian Owens Concert

BrianOwens-71791_smThe Moberly Area Council on the Arts (MACA) is presenting Brian Owens as the season premier of its 2011-12 Performing Arts Series on at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 24 in the Moberly Area Community College Auditorium.

Brian Owens is recognized as a singer/songwriter reminiscent of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Al Green. He and his band, Martha Mae, are established jazz, soul and R&B performers, but recent media attention has come from a completely different side of Owen’s talents.

Owens is a Staff Sergeant in the Missouri National Guard Air Force. He has recently come back from a USO tour entertaining the troops in the Military Band, Sidewinder. A fan’s YouTube video of them performing an acoustic set for troops in Southeast Asia went viral on August 9 and quickly soared to over 1.5 million views. This video has garnered them much national media attention. So far they have performed on the Ellen show, Entertainment Tonight, the Today Show, Good Morning America and will perform on Fox and Friends the day before Owens heads to Moberly for his Saturday performance.

The fans uploaded video of vocalist Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson belting out a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" to YouTube where it immediately garnered attention from celebrities Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest, as well as members of the Good Morning America staff. Johnson now has an official audition to be on NBC’s hit show The Voice! The Voice is a reality TV singing competition with celebrity judges, such as Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, who are also the contestant's vocal coach during the show.

MACA is excited to present this up-and-coming artist. The music of Brian Owens is a synthesis of the musical purity and intimacy of Bill Wither’s urban folk, the vocal class and style of Sam Cooke and Donny Hathway’s soul stirring emotion and social consciousness. And oh yeah, a little Al Green and Marvin Gaye for taste. All of these elements combine to create a sound that is unique and a voice that is distinctively his own and not mere imitation.

“I write and sing about what I know, like most of the singer songwriters that have influenced me,” Owens explains. “I’ve found that there is nothing new to write about – just new ways to write about the same traditional, but exciting ways of life. I want this music to reach into every aspect of the listeners’ life,” says Owens. “ I want to encourage them to experience life with everything that makes them who they have come to be –while at the same time re-discovering who they really are meant to be.”

Now, more than any time in recent memory, the hearts and ears of the world are tuned in to the sound of soul – and ready for Brian Owens’ unique musical style.

Owens has surrounded himself with a group of musicians whose resumes are impressive in and of themselves. Mark Colenburg, Shaun Robinson, Alvin Quinn and Jessie Gannon make up the heart of Owens’ touring band, Martha Mae, affectionately named after the grandmother of Brian’s wife.

Tickets to Saturday’s concert at available at the door and at the Moberly Chamber of Commerce. They are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Visit www.moberlyarts.org for more information.


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