Singer/Guitarist Jeffrey Gaines Performs Free Concert at TNCC


Published: September 3, 2009

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Gaines comes to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Wednesday, September 9 performing a free concert at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus.

The event, sponsored by TNCC Cultural Affairs, is open to the public and no tickets are necessary.

After Gaines’ last successful performance at the College in 2006, TNCC Cultural Affairs Chair Shar Wolff is pleased to be able to bring him back. “We are excited to be bringing in a national recording artist of Gaines’ caliber to perform at the College.”

A rising musical star, Gaines has opened for Tori Amos and toured with Sting, Tracey Chapman and Melissa Etheridge. “The audience is in for an exceptional musical experience … he puts on an absolutely incredible show,” said Wolff.

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.”

The performer is currently on tour hitting cities in California, New York and Pennsylvania, among others, through January 2010.

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

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