Singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic will perform at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) on Dec. 8 as part of 'A Nashville Christmas', organized by non-profit River Street Promotions (RSP) to raise money for youth mental health and wellness in south Sask school districts.
Bostic will share the stage alongside Emily Shackelton, Sarah Darling, Linday Ell, and Jonny Mo. Each of the performers are multi-talented professional musicians who have won awards and toured internationally.
A Nashville Christmas is one of RSP's more intimate charity concerts, a contrast to the huge (and growing) end-of-summer outdoor Homestand series in Ross Wells Ballpark. Last year, for example, 2022's 'Music Row at the Mae' brought together singer/songwriters Victoria Banks, Phil Barton, and Jeff Cohen, with surprise guest appearances from Jordyn Pollard and Ty Hunter, and raised over $31,000.
"On December 8th, audiences can expect a special intimate night of stories and songs, some that have just been written, some that have received radio play, and, of course, a few familiar favourites," Bostic said.
One of the highlights will be 'duelling' grand pianos on the Mae Wilson stage for Bostic and fellow piano player Shackelton.
Bostic is a soulful singer/songwriter with a hint of pop, blues, and gospel. Her hit song “Jealous of the Angels,” written for her late father, has accumulated more than 50 million streams on YouTube, gone #1 on various iTunes charts, was covered by the US Army Band, has been played on Sirius XMs The Pulse (reaching that format's Top 40) and reached the Top 10 on the Positive Country and Southern Gospel charts.
Bostic has performed sold out tours across the United States and Europe, including performances on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and Lincoln Center, as well as BBC Breakfast Television, BBC Songs of Praise, Daystar, and TBN US and UK. As an independent, Bostic was the first international artist to have her first three singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2. In 2012, Bostic received five Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Overall Winner.
"Performing at The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium were bucket list items for me that I am so grateful I had the chance to check off," Bostic said. "I’ve had the opportunity to perform and hear my songs on the radio overseas in Europe in the United States, and am humbled to have been named International Touring Artist of the Year at the British Country Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018."
Her latest album, You Find a Way, created with Grammy-nominated producer and hit songwriter Lauren Christy and released July 2022, was named Album of the Year at the 2022 Louder than the Music Awards.
On Dec. 7, Bostic and her fellows will host a special performance of A Nashville Christmas just for local high school students.
"Sharing music with the students will be so special. I was a music education major at Berklee College of Music, and while I haven’t worked as a full time music teacher in the conventional sense, I always look forward to sharing music and working with young people," Bostic said. "Music has been such a beautiful outlet for me throughout my life, and helping others discover that is one of my favourite things to be a part of.
"(I'm also) honoured to be performing in the name of health and wellness. So many of us are silently struggling. Creating a safe space for vulnerable conversation and music that allows us to know we aren’t alone is so important."
Tickets to A Nashville Christmas are selling fast, and are available from Sasktix.ca or in-person at the MJCC box office.
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