PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
SOUL SINGER AND SONGWRITER
PART OF THE SOUL SESSIONS SERIES
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 | 9:00 PM | AUGUST WILSON CENTER
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that soul singer Jarrod Lawson will make his Pittsburgh debut as a part of the Soul Sessions Series at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, January 20, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Box Office at Theatre Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
Critics claim that, whether Lawson plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz, “everything he touches turns to soul.” Self-funded, self-produced and released on his own independent label in 2014, Lawson’s self-titled debut album quickly garnered him worldwide acclaim. Lawson’s rich music history and raw talent has led to original material that is expressive, sophisticated and soulful. Much like his influences, the great soul singers, Lawson incorporates social and spiritual messages into his uplifting sound.
Lawson grew up surrounded by music, due in large part to his father, who operated a recording studio in the family’s Redwood City, California home. When the family moved to Portland, Oregon, Lawson continued exploring music through his father’s record collection, discovering his greatest influences and inspirations, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Lawson’s father was also the first to foster his instrumental talents, providing lessons until Lawson began to create his own sound. A musical child prodigy, he took up the drums as a toddler before settling on his dominant force, the keys. His instrumental studies took on an independent approach, with his own hearing becoming his guide to a unique artistic voice. Lawson then went on to join his college’s esteemed music program and sang in the Chamber Choir, along with singing and playing piano for the college jazz ensemble.
While honing his performance-craft, Lawson continued developing his composition talents in melody, harmony, chord progressions and lyricism, resulting in the mature and steadfast compositions that we hear in Lawson’s music now. This combination of abilities has led to global recognition, including London’s JazzFM “Soul Artist of the Year” in 2015. He has become wildly and widely popular in the Pacific Northwest, sharing stages with Bilal, Average White Band, Angelique Kidjo and Ronnie Laws. Perhaps best of all his accolades, Lawson was asked to perform at the birthday party of one of his greatest inspirations, Stevie Wonder.
For more information on Jarrod Lawson, please visit http://www.jarrodlawsonmusic.com/.
August Wilson Center
The sleekly modern August Wilson Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.
The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. For rental inquiries, visit the African American Cultural Center pages on CulturalDistrict.org.
For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org, www.trustarts.org/visit/facilities/august_wilson.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.