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Black Opry Revue

Soreng Theater

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Tickets starting at: $33.00

From the artists:

Black Opry is a home for Black artists and Black fans of country, blues, folk, and Americana
music. Country music has been made by and loved by Black people since it’s conception. For
just as long, we have been overlooked and disregarded in the genre by fans and executives.
Black Opry wants to change that. We invite you to discover, support and enjoy the Black artists
that make magic in this space. One of the most valuable aspects of country music is its
versatility and diversity in sound. Country, blues, folk, and Americana music often overlap or
weave together- these artists explore all of those sounds and intersections. The Black Opry
Revue showcases the diversity in sound and stories that Black artists offer to these genres.

 

Punk Rock Doll is Lauren Napier

Never really having roots in one geographic location, Lauren Napier has tailored her many creative interests to suit her ever changing address. Writer. Singer. Cellist. Model. Publicist. These are labels that can be indulged whilst traveling.

Lauren finds solace in the written word, inspiration in the frequencies of her favorite music, and creative tranquility in being able to have her visions and a part of her being captured on film. She has lived in many different stateside locations as well as European countries throughout her life; her studies and experiences have aided her in crafting a creative and global perspective outside of the traditional American schema. A degree at Bowdoin College with a stint at Humboldt University in Berlin found her delving into Medieval Literature and the German language.

Over the last ten years, Lauren has been a writer for such outlets as Smash Magazine, Tinsel Tokyo, Berlin Beat, Sugarhooker, Music Zeitgeist, NPR Berlin, Tacoma Volcano, and many others. She has acted as a tour manager for both club and festival circuits, a booking agent for national tours, a programming director and station manager for Bowdoin College’s radio station, a publicist for large scale music industry campaigns, a print and runway model, and as an editor for various texts including screen plays, lyrics and news articles. Her current project is a collection of short stories and melodies.

It all comes down to the fact that Lauren is inspired and excited by a challenge, an excess of glitter, the scent of whiskey, and the unpredictability of a creative life.

 

Jett Holden

Viral-popular Elizabethton, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Jett Holden is a soft-spoken creative whose smoky tenor has expanded his fanbase by offering a classic country flair to covers of songs including the Spice Girls’ 1996 hit “Say You’ll Be There” and the New Radicals’ 1998 one-hit-wonder “You Get What You Give.” “Taxidermy” takes his online stardom to the real-time realm via lyricism like the stirring social commentary dropped in the song’s hook, noting performative activism as “taxidermy for your Facebook wall.” As a gay, Black man, Holden has stated previously that he “was apprehensive about stepping into the country music arena but is taking the chance and looking forward to building a successful career in the industry.”

Twitter: @jettfueledmusic
Instagram: @jettfueledmusic

 

Chris Pierce

CHRIS PIERCE gained national prominence with “We Can Always Come Back To This.” His hit co-write aired on 3 episodes of the #1 NBC primetime series ‘THIS IS US’, then went on to peak at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and #12 on iTunes Top 100. Pierce has done worldwide headlining tours and has performed on stage with: B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Colbie Caillat, Keb’Mo’, Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville and others. His voice
and music have been heard in film and television shows including: A Million Little Things, This is Us, True Blood, Soundtrack, Crash, Rosewood, Soul Men, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek, Army Wives, as well as in national ad campaigns. He also guest appears on a wide range of album recordings as a vocalist, harmonicist and guitarist. At age 15, Pierce developed a rare hearing disorder called Otosclerosis that led to the loss of hearing in one ear and partial deafness in the other, a setback that would deter many young musicians forever. The reality, however, fueled Chris’ passion and determination all the more, forcing him to re-learn almost everything he had known prior to his condition. To Chris, music was, and still is, an unconditional companion. 2022 highlights include a solo/acoustic concert at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a duet with Sara Bareilles, a commercial with Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton and a performance/interview segment on NPR’s WORLD CAFE which aired on 200+ AAA / NonComm stations in February. Pierce also recently performed at NPR’s Mountain Stage which broadcast on 300 NPR Stations. His 2021 album, ‘AMERICAN SILENCE’ has garnered massive critical acclaim from NPR, SiriusXM, The Bluegrass Situation, NoDepression, Rolling Stone,
AmericanaUK and more and Pierce is slated to release a highly anticipated new full band studio album in 2022. www.chrispierce.com

Twitter: @chrispierce
Instagram: @iamchrispierce

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Why you’ll love it:

You’ll get a bit of everything! Country, blues, folk, and Americana music all performed by talented Black artists. You’ll get to hear the diversity in sound and stories that Black artists offer to these genres.

Get a taste of some of the artists. See their live sessions on NPR’s World Cafe. 

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