By Leah Blackard
Navarro Council of the Arts
Iconic soul/R&B vocalist Aaron Neville announced his Christmas Celebration tour traveling across the south and southwest of the U.S. this December and will be making a stop in Corsicana at the 1921 Historic Palace Theatre.
Neville will present his Christms Celebration show on Dec. 7 at the historic downtown Palace Theatre.
The Christmas Celebration tour will include performances of new songs from Aaron Neville’s upcoming full-length album set to be released this Winter on EMI’s Blue Note Records. The record, produced by Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was, finds Neville revitalizing some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond.
“Aaron Neville is one of the most expressive and soulful artists of all time, it's such a thrill to hear him sing,” Was says. “His vocals have a way of reaching into your heart and stirring something really deep inside. It's a huge honor to welcome him to Blue Note Records and to be involved, along with the legendary Keith Richards, in the production of this album.”
All of the tracks were hand-picked by Neville himself as they are songs that have remained close to his heart since he was a child.
“When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me,” Neville explains. “I didn’t care what else was goin’ on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and The Orioles, Clyde McPhatter — I was like a kid in a candy store.”
During Neville’s five decade recording career, he has displayed a chameleon-like ability to perform, collaborate and contribute to a wide range of genres. From the funky soul and R&B cuts with the Neville Brothers to a triple platinum, Grammy winning duet with Linda Ronstadt in 1989, “Don’t Know Much” (off an album the duo received two Grammys for), to the title track of 1993’s The Grand Tour which put Neville on the Country charts for the first time, to his several Gospel records including his most recent project, I Know I’ve Been Changed in 2010.
Aaron Neville, along with his brother and band, will play the Corsicana Palace Theatre for one night only, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Corsicana, in the Arts District. You can purchase tickets by calling the box office at (903) 874-7792 or in person at 110 West Sixth Avenue. Tickets for this event will be $60 for the front of the floor and lower balcony, $50 for the back of the floor, and $40 for the upper balcony.
This concert is graciously underwritten by the Perry D. Graham Charitable Trust, Community National Bank and Trust, Veldman Land and Cattle, and Nelson Propane Gas. For more information on this concert or other concerts at the Corsicana Palace Theatre, visit our website at www.corsicanapalace.com.
Leah Blackard is executive director of the Navarro Council of the Arts