St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens continues his Masters Series with the music of Ray Charles Friday, April 18 at the Sheldon.
“I’ve always been enamored with, not just covering certain musicians, but really preserving their music. Folks like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, I just don’t hear their music a lot performed live with original charts and different things like that anymore, so that … spawned the desire to want to cover these musicians in a setting that was more of a concert setting,” said Owens of the series.
St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens will be performing a holiday concert to benefit a University of Missouri-St. Louis scholarship fund this Sunday at the Bistro at Grand Center. The event is sponsored by the UMSL African American Alumni Chapter.
"It’s been a real blessing for me to continue in partnership with the university I graduated from," said Owens, who graduated in 2008.
In addition to his connections with UMSL, Owens also has working relationships with Sterling Bank and other local businesses.
Kids Rock Cancer is an outgrowth of Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program. Inspired by the program Purple Song Can Fly in Houston, Texas, the Maryville program goes into hospitals and works individually with children with cancer and other blood disorders. The musical therapist helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas, turn them into lyrics of a song and compose a tune for the lyrics. Then the child gets to sing the song into a microphone with instrumental accompaniment. The result is a CD recording for t