Sweet Friend of Mine Concerts & Recordings Unite an Eclectic Group of Artists with Children in Need

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Performing artists, with musical styles spanning from Pop to Soul and Blues to Gospel, will join forces to celebrate friendship and help Children In Need.

We're planning to shine the spotlight on people and organizations that serve children when we release some of the songs as videos.

An eclectic group of performing artists, with musical styles spanning from Blues to Gospel and Pop to Soul, will share a Seattle-area stage to celebrate friendship and help Children In Need. The August 16 and 17 Sweet Friend Of Mine concerts featuring Bryan Duncan, Bob Carlisle, Yvette C. Williams and Tony Hooper will be recorded on broadcast-quality video and multi-track audio.

"We're planning to shine the spotlight on people and organizations that serve children when we release some of the songs as videos," says Christopher Redner, producer of the recordings and CEO of Children In Need Inc.

"We're also offering people in the Seattle area who are experiencing economic hardship a respite at the Aug. 16 concert. We don't want people to miss out because they're struggling financially. We're providing some free tickets for people who would love to attend but can't afford a ticket."

Bryan Duncan has released 14 solo albums, three with the NehoSoul Band and six with the Sweet Comfort Band. He has sold in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.

Bob Carlisle is best known for his song "Butterfly Kisses," which sold more than 2 million copies, was a number one song on Adult Contemporary radio, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and a Dove Award for Song of the Year.

Gospel luminary Yvette C. Williams is a featured vocalist in the Kurt Carr Singers, who have won nine Stellar Awards. Her powerful vocals helped make “In The Sanctuary” one of the most-loved worship songs in African-American churches. Willams has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams.

Tony Hooper is a founding member of Blues Counsel, a Delta Blues band that is popular on the summer festival circuit. He is a featured artist and musical director for the Aug. 16 and 17 concerts, which will be held at ExperienceChurch.tv, an innovative, high-tech church in Puyallup.

Duncan invited Carlisle, Vega, Williams and Hooper to record with him, each artist doing live versions of their own music and songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s that influenced them. He is raising some of the recording costs for the project on a popular crowdfunding site.

Duncan uses social media and crowdfunding to fuel a new business model that allows him to connect directly with his audience, bypassing traditional record labels. Duncan has the creative freedom of an independent artist but is still able to compete with the big record companies for radio airplay and media coverage.

More information about the live recordings and concerts is available by calling Children In Need at 253-874-8400.

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