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Holiday Benefit Concert ft. Vanessa Williams and Frank Shiner
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 7 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY
General Admission $100 | Meet & Greet Admission $200 (limited availability)
All Proceeds to San Miguel Academy of Newburgh
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today.
Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Vanessa is a long time supporter of San Miguel Academy and will perform her greatest hits and holiday tunes for the benefit of San Miguel Academy with opener, Frank Shiner of Chappaqua, NY, Tuesday, December 18th.
Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
A strong advocate for equal rights, Vanessa was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Vanessa’s autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Her recent Broadway credits include co-starring with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, (which was the #1 play of the 2013 season), After Midnight (2014), and a special limited engagement in Hey, Look Me Over at New York City Center in 2018.
With the success of his single and video, “Rainy Night in Georgia,” multiple sold-out shows, a slew of strong reviews and Grammy considerations in 7 different categories, Frank Shiner will be joining Grammy Award winning, Vanessa Williams, to perform some Christmas favorites and songs from his sophomore album “Lonely Town Lonely Street” produced by 12x Grammy Winner Jay Newland.”
In reviewing his performance at World Café Live in Philadelphia, writer Alan Foster of Entertaining-Options.com said, “Frank Shiner has a classic voice that blazes with the swoon-worthy soul of a master. Other artists might cover songs written by legends such as Tony Joe White, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Randy Newman, Daryl Hall and John Oates, but when Frank sings them, it sounds like these classic tracks were tailor-made for his golden ember vocals. When he sings, it comes from a place of love.”
In reviewing the album, The Huffington Post raved, “Shiner’s style encompasses blues, a touch of jazz and healthy dollops of R&B. He takes all three influences, mashes them up in a musical mixing bowl and then frappes it. The man can sing!” Noted Soul music historian and founder of soulmusic.com, David Nathan wrote, “Lonely Town Lonely Street is a tour de force collection of twelve songs from the songbooks of legendary Blue-eyed soul writers.”
Another of those “Aha” moments came when Tony Joe White endorsed the singer’s version of the writer’s classic, “Rainy Night in Georgia”, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The song and video have become one of the singer’s biggest hits to date. Shiner’s first album, The Real Me, produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan Fame, was named Best CD By A Male Artist by the LA Music Critic Awards and included two Top 5 AC hits, the new album was nominated in 3 different categories for the 2017 LA Music Critic Awards.
Thank you to all of our Benefit Concert Sponsors
2018 Annual “Defying the Odds” Scholarship Dinner
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY
Class of 2018 Graduation
2018 Annual WALKathon & Open House
2017 Defying the Odds Dinner
2017 6th Annual WALKathon
SMAN on CBS
Click on the link below to watch CBSNews.com’s report on San Miguel Academy and the impact it has on the city of Newburgh.
2016 Defying the Odds Annual Scholarship Dinner
Henry Garcia, SMAN Class of 2011 at the 2016 Defying the Odds Dinner
October 22, 2015: Ten Years Strong Dinner
June 4, 2015: Graduation
April 2015: 4th Annual Walkathon
November 2014: San Miguel Academy’s Dedication Ceremony
Thursday October 23, 2014:
San Miguel Academy Annual Dinner Celebration