Two emerging singer/songwriters, Chinua Hawk and Chantae Cann will present Influences: Motown Greats on Friday, April 23 in UW-Washington County’s theatre. Influences: Motown Greats blends the familiar with the exciting and new. The concert will showcase music from artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Smoky Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. Chinua and Chantae will also share personal stories about the greats of the Motown era and discuss the impact these artists had on their work. They’ll also share some of the best new original music this country has to offer.
The very first winner of the Billboard/Discmakers Independent Artist World Series award, Chinua Hawk has performed with many artists - including Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden in New York City in front of a crowd of 30,000 people. He’s written songs with Wyclef Jean and worked with producer/rapper Kanye West. Awards include the 2003 Heineken Music initiative/ASCAP Foundation Rhythm and Blues songwriters grant for his own songwriting, the 2004 APCA Multi Cultural Artist of the Year and Music Artist of the Year in 2007. His soul and jazz artistry and powerful voice have brought him acclaim in 42 states and seven countries.
Born in Chicago, Chantae Cann’s mother was a music teacher who instilled a love of music in Chantae at an early age. Chantae is currently touring and recording with Grammy award winning singer, India Arie, as she performs around the country.
Tickets for this concert are $12 for adults, and $9 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). Free parking is available in the student lot. To reserve or purchase tickets, phone UW-WC at (262) 335-5208 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm) or purchase at the door (while supplies last).
The University is located at 400 University Drive (off Hwy. 33 West) in West Bend.