The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that Damien Sneed is returning to the Center, after his successful production of We Shall Overcome, to bring Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul on March 15, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. With a legendary career spanning several generations and a multitude of genres, Aretha Franklin truly earned her title, “The Queen of Soul.” Wrought in the Baptist congregations of Detroit, Franklin’s expressive and powerful vocals, complemented by skillfully executed yet profound piano melodies, propelled her to international stardom. Beloved by musicians and listeners alike, Aretha is recognized as the most successful female recording artist in history, with 112 charted singles on Billboard, 18 GRAMMY® Awards, and over 75 million records sold.
Aretha Franklin continued to perform well into the later years of her illustrious life. During this time, musician, vocalist, and composer Damien Sneed toured with Aretha, developing a strong mentee relationship with the soul legend. In Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, Sneed pays homage to the monarch herself with fresh renditions of her most cherished hits including “Respect,” “Knew You Were Waiting,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Precious Memories,” “Think,” “Until You Come Back To Me,” “Daydreaming,” “Freeway,” “Natural Woman,” and more. Backed by an accomplished cast of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists, including four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Karen Clark Sheard, Damien Sneed’s multi-media tribute is a tender and spiritual reflection upon the life of an iconic industry titan.
A gospel music legend and a part of a musical dynasty, Clark Sheard is renowned throughout the music industry for her signature, one-of-a-kind multi-octave vocal range and ability. Her musical style with the legendary Clark Sisters and as a solo artist has inspired a host of today’s brightest pop divas including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, and Faith Evans, among countless others.
Tickets will be available online to Cape Fear Stage Members beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, with tickets going on sale online to the general public on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. Please note that this is anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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