Meridian Star


June 2, 2013

Iconic musicians ...

MSU Riley Center's season continues with performances by major music icons

MERIDIAN —     Some of music's most revered icons will be featured in the final months of MSU Riley Center's Spring/Summer concert series.

    Ten-time Grammy Award-winning R&B musician, singer-songwriter and record producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds ... Don McLean, one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters .... a group of talented musicians – Kim Carnes, John Ford Coley, Gene Cotton and Lenny LeBlanc, as well as special guest Greg Barnhill – singing their own songs and sharing the stories behind them .... and the former stars of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

    "We've got some terrific performances for the rest of the season, and they're really special in their own right," said Dennis Sankovich, executive director of the MSU Riley Center.

    "We encourage everyone to check out our website at, where we have links to all the artists and video of their performances," Sankovich said.

    Although ticket packages are no longer available, individual tickets may be purchased by phone; at the MSU Riley Center box office, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and one hour before showtime on the day of the show.

    Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with select shows featuring pre-show parties in the Grand Lobby, allowing patrons to socialize and enjoy refreshments before the evening's entertainment.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

June 7, 7:30 p.m.; Pre-Show, 6 p.m.

Tickets: $63, $69

    If you don't recognize "The Face," you most definitely will the songs: "Every Time I Close My Eyes," one of his own chart-toppers; "I'm Your Baby Tonight," Whitney Houston; "End of the Road," Boyz II Men; "Change the World," Eric Clapton; "Take a Bow," Madonna; "Vision of Love," Mariah Carey; "Breathe Again," Toni Braxton ... the list goes on and on.

    It’s not unusual for a singer to attempt producing, or a songwriter to take an occasional stab at recording. It is unusual, however, when an individual takes on singing, songwriting, producing, and even founding a label, and is extraordinarily successful at all of them. Such is the case with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

    Edmonds has also written or produced for Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Beyonce', Brandy, Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross, TLC, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton and Kenny G and many, many more. In addition to the 100-plus Top 10 R&B hits, he has written and produced, Edmonds has also produced several movies ("Soul Food," "Josie and the Pussycats") and worked with music, record producer, composer, singer, songwriter and arranger David Foster to compose "The Power of the Dream," the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics, performed by Celine Dion.

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