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April 3, 2013

Aaron Neville set to perform at MSU Riley Center Friday

MERIDIAN —     Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville will take center stage at the MSU Riley Center April 12 to perform songs from his latest album, "My True Story."

    The album has earned the soul/R&B legend not only his first Top 10 album and highest-charting set ever, but also some of the best reviews of his career.

    A host of media outlets have weighed in on "My True Story", which bowed at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.  

    People magazine noted that “if ever there was an album that Aaron Neville was born to make, it’s this collection of doo-wop classics,” while Parade calls "My True Story" — which was produced by Blue Note Records President Don Was and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards — “a heartfelt, tuneful tribute to two master musicians’ musical inspirations.”

    Rolling Stone said, “Welcome back to the sweetest falsetto in human history” and called Neville “a true soul master at work,” while USA Today raved that his “sweet tenor fits these doo-wop era standards like a glove.”

    American Songwriter calls the album “a thrilling project that combines Neville’s stunning voice with classic melodies whose sentiments remain timeless,” while Mojo says that “everything is perfectly suited to Neville’s achy-breaky falsetto, up there in the Smokey Robinson/Curtis Mayfield realm of delicious heartbreak and joy.”   

    The Orlando Sentinel's Jim Abbott wrote, "Neville shifted with ease from old-fashioned doo-wop to mainstream pop and, yes, even the delicate operatic heights of 'Ave Maria.' His tremulous tenor sounded at home doing all of it."

More Information

Aaron Neville takes the Riley Center stage with his latest album, "My True Story," Friday, April 12, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $52 and $46 at the MSU Riley Center box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

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