The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, September 28, 2012
Jane Powell, a world-renowned vocalist, will be guest entertainer at a fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 12.
The event, which raises money to support Bridge to Life with CHAMPS, will be held at the Pigg River Community Center and include a soul food dinner.
Powell began her singing career in Roanoke and has since demonstrated her soulful style and five-octave plus range to audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
She has sung a national McDonald's commercial, performed in the Dino DeLaurentis film "Marie" and in the 1999 New Line Cinema comedy "The Bachelor."
Powell performs a variety of music, including original compositions, classic rhythm and blues, jazz, contemporary dance, reggae and gospel.
The 1,300 colleges and universities comprising the National Association for Campus Activities voted Powell Entertainer of the Year (1990), Jazz Artist of the Year (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995), and winner of the Performing Arts/Music Award (1992, 1993), making her the most awarded performer in the history of the organization.
Powell has worked with such acts as Lou Rawls, The Crusaders, Joan Jett, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, B.J. Thomas, Koko Taylor, Ernie Watts, Wayne Henderson, Paula Poundstone and Ray Charles.
In reference to her opening for Ray Charles, the Washington Post said, "She stole the night from a legend."
Tickets for the dinner/concert are $25 with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and concert at 6:30 p.m.
Bridge to Life with CHAMPS is a program that focuses on mentoring students from middle school through high school.
For tickets or more information, Call (540) 483-8862 or (540) 483-7436.