Rising Musical Star Jeffrey Gaines to Perform at Thomas Nelson Community College


Published: October 17, 2006

Performance is Free and Open to the Public

The Virginia Peninsula – Rising musical star Jeffrey Gaines has opened for Tori Amos and toured with Sting, Tracey Chapman and Melissa Etheridge. Headlining his own show, the singer/songwriter comes to Thomas Nelson Community College Friday, Nov. 17, bringing his unique brand of music to Mary T. Christian Auditorium. Sponsored by Thomas Nelson Cultural Affairs, the free concert begins at 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

“The audience is in for an exceptional musical experience. I heard him over the summer when he played at the Hampton Block Party and he puts on an absolutely incredible show,” said Shar Wolff, Cultural Affairs chair and head of the College’s Photography Department. “During the show, he gave you the feeling that he enjoyed performing as much as the audience enjoyed listening. I am told by his promoters that he developed a fondness for this area which is why he agreed to come back again and perform for us at Thomas Nelson.”

Gaines is a Pennsylvania native who grew up listening to soul music by the likes of Gladys Knight and Pips and Otis Redding. He found his own musical niche as a teen when he became exposed to an eclectic mix of pop/rock and began mastering the guitar. His debut album “Always Be” was released in 1992 and he has since released his fifth album “Toward the Sun” in February on Artemis Records.

In 2001 his star rose when his impressive remake of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” was in heavy rotation on the radio nationwide. Gaines delivers his crisp soulful vocals and powerful guitar riffs in emotionally charged songs that masterfully communicate love, desire, fear, joy and regret. Among songs on his concert play list are “Headmasters of Mine,” “To Be Free, “Come Out Tonight” and an inspiring remake of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.”

For more details about the concert, please contact Shar Wolff at 825-2775.

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