Singer/Songwriter Knagui Performs in Local Musical to Raise Funds for Garland Civic Theatre

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Knagui will lend his voice and love for music to help raise funds for theatre arts programs at the Garland Civic Theatre

With a hip hop and neo-soul-meets-gospel flavor that he calls “original soul music,” performer, producer and songwriter Knagui will lend his voice and love for music to help raise funds for childrens’ theatre arts programs at the Garland Civic Theatre.

In his first live performance in Garland, Knagui will star in Cotton Patch Gospel, a musical by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, based on the book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan. The musical, produced by Randy Dobbs and directed by Ricky Long with music director George Gagliardi, chronicles the story of Mary Davidson’s son Jesus as he parallels the life, suffering and joy of Jesus Christ.

“I am so excited to be taking part in Cotton Patch Gospel,” says Knagui. “It’s an excellent show with a talented cast, and there is nothing like performing when you know it will benefit people.” The show will run in the small theater at Granville Arts Center throughout the month of February.

As godson to gospel’s legendary Twinkie Clark, Knagui was raised in the church, and while growing up in York, he learned to embrace and excel at the only music his devoutly Christian family would allow. Still today, as an adult in Texas, the influences of hip hop, funk, jazz, soul and pop are undeniable in his music. His ability to defy genres and move effortlessly between music and theater productions is what makes Knagui so special. “This production will allow me to showcase skills that most of my fans don’t know I have,” says Knagui. “I’m looking forward to working with the cast to tell this great story through words and song.”

Knagui has a knack for refreshing takes on songs from the past and present, and with his warm baritone voice and polished business dealings, he couldn’t help but catch the attention of the gospel industry last year. “It’s just the right blend of old and new,” says Dr. Bobby Jones of “Blessed Assurance,” the album’s first single. The music industry as a whole is taking notice, giving rise to Knagui’s exposure on syndicated radio shows such as Inspirations Across America and the DMX Music Network, in CCM Magazine, on the Allhiphop.com website, and the “Insights” program on FOX-TV.

Performances of Cotton Patch Gospel are scheduled for February 17,18, 19, 24, 25, 26, at 8:00 p.m. and February 19, 20, 26, 27 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $19.00 to $22.00 and are available at the Granville Arts Center Box Office or by calling 972-205-2790. For more information on Knagui, contact Seandra Sims of Sims Media and Public Relations at 443-803-8045 or visit our website at http://www.knagui.com to purchase CDs. To schedule a performance in your area, contact 7:06PM Entertainment Group at 972-235-7506 or send e-mail to four11@knagui.com.

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Damon Giddins