Kathy Mattea Brings Songs & the Season to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Updated 3 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON, WV- The Marshall Artists Series, proudly presents Kathy Mattea: Songs & the Season live at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m. Songs & the Season is a holiday concert featuring a repertoire of Kathy Mattea’s holiday music and classic hits.

In the spirit of the holidays, The Marshall Artists Series continues its annual Cridlin Food Pantry Food Drive at the Kathy Mattea event.  We are asking concertgoers to bring any non-perishable food items to the donation bin inside the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Items needed include: Beef Stew, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Chili, Mac & Cheese, Tuna, Ravioli, Chicken Noodle, Tomato & Vegetable Soups, Cereal, and spaghetti and sauce. Patrons interested in donating food items for this cause may bring them to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on the day of the show.

Winner of two GRAMMY Awards and a two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea is living the American dream. Born and raised in South Charleston, WV, Mattea has turned hard work and natural talent into a career worthy of such accolades. With nearly thirty top 40 country hits, including 15 top 10s and 4 Number One entries, Mattea is one of the most successful women in the genre. Matttea won her first GRAMMY in 1990 (Best Female Country Vocal Performance) for her song, “Where’ve You Been.” She has even produced five gold albums and a platinum-selling greatest hits compilation.

Good News, Mattea’s first collection of Christmas songs, along with her more recent Joy For Christmas Day, will be the foundation for her performance. Mixed with some of her classic hits, this compilation will add a new layer of artistic and spiritual growth to the Christmas tradition. With Songs & the Season, Mattea has managed to blend the “good news” of the holiday with the spiritual side of her songs. Whether it be re-mastering the traditional “O Come, All Ye Faithful” or belting out the dynamic “Mary Did You Know,” Mattea’s natural flexibility will be on full display. Often ranging wide across musical boundaries, Mattea will take her audience on an eclectic musical journey. Other featured songs will include: “I Saw Three Ships,” “Christ Child’s Lullaby,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “There’s Still My Joy.”

Mattea’s “Songs & the Season” program displays her hard-won artistic integrity and West Virginia roots. With contributions from award-winning writers Melissa Manchester and Beth-Nielsen Chapman, Mattea brings a fresh and unique sound to the holidays. This program will be a true performance for those in attendance, as Mattea takes a spiritual journey through the holiday season. Bringing both joy and reverence to the Christmas Season, this performance will inspire all who are listening.

Carving out a role for herself in the country music industry during the 1980s and 1990s, Mattea has used her sensitive yet energetic side to her advantage. In fact, this same energy has helped Mattea accomplish many other things. For example, Mattea has been an early spokesperson and advocate for AIDS awareness and research. She has long been an activist for such causes and has even brought public attention to the issue through her concerts. Mattea has also brought attention to current environmental issues, most notably in her native Appalachia.

Both global warming and mining practices are areas of concern for the West Virginia native. Her most recent work and music have joined forces to create her latest album, “Coal,” which features songs from the coal country and culture. At ease with both country tradition and free ranging innovation, this latest album features some of Mattea’s most creative work yet.

Tickets for Kathy Mattea: Songs & the Season are $66.67/45.80. To purchase your ticket to this holiday-inspired concert, be sure to contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656.  Or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. You may also visit our box office located inside the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kathy Mattea: Songs & the Season is sponsored by ZMM Architects, WTCR, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, The Marshall Artists Series

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