Aug 24, 2009

THREE-TIME ROCK GOSPEL GRAMMY WINNER ASHLEY CLEVELAND PERFORMS SUNDAY, OCT. 18, AT THE NEWSEUM IN A CONCERT OF FREEDOM AND FAITH

On stage at 6:30 p.m. with renowned guitarist/producer Kenny Greenberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ashley Cleveland will appear in concert at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, in which this talented singer-songwriter will perform her music and discuss freedom and faith.

The special appearance will include a conversation with Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum and former host of public television’s “Speaking Freely,” about her career and her involvement with faith-based music, including her Grammy-winning CDs.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://www.newseum.org/concerts. Tickets also can be purchased daily at the Newseum’s ticket desk, at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

Tickets for the show are $20, and $15 for Newseum members. A special $10 per person group purchase rate is available for church or other groups of five persons or more.

Proceeds will support the Newseum’s First Amendment education efforts.

Cleveland is the only three-time winner of a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album, and is getting rave reviews for her latest CD release, “God Don’t Never Change,” a celebration of vintage African-American gospel songs – music ranging from Blind Willie Johnson’s title track to Washington Phillips’ “Denomination Blues” to echoes of Mattie Moss Clark on “Going to Heaven to Meet the King” to “You Got To Move,” a traditional song recorded by the Rev. Gary Davis, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.

“Ashley Cleveland is an extraordinary talent with a singular voice. We’re delighted to have her kick off our Freedom Sings concert series at the Newseum,” Paulson said.

Freedom Sings™ is an ongoing program of the First Amendment Center. The program includes an annual concert, ‘Freedom Sings at the Bluebird Cafe,’ Nashville’s celebrated songwriter club; a national touring, multi-media stage production; and special concerts and performances.

Cleveland has spent most of her career drawing on the best of both the Christian and mainstream musical worlds. For more on Ashley: www.ashleycleveland.com.  Kenny Greenberg is a world-class guitarist and producer, with credits ranging from Willie Nelson to Etta James to Amy Grant to the Indigo Girls to Steven Curtis Chapman to Joan Baez. 

The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.  A 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits – and now, live musical performance.

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