Singer-songwriter Howie Day, who is best known for his top 40 hits “Collide” and “She Says,” will be making his debut performance at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, Mass., on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Ayla Brown, who placed 13th on the fifth season of “American Idol,” will open the show. Purchase tickets HERE or through the venue’s website HERE.
In late 2004 and early 2005, Day was everywhere. Stop the World Now, his second album, went gold and the hit song from that record, “Collide”, became Epic Record’s first platinum single with 1.5 million downloads. For several months, “Collide” was ubiquitous, appearing on the soundtracks of popular television shows, Cold Case, Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones and One Tree Hill, as well as the promotional trailer of new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Day, who infiltrated the Boston Coffeehouse circuit at 17, developed a huge college fan base and opened for the likes of Sting, Sheryl Crow, and Tori Amos, exploded into the national consciousness.
But of course, there’s more to Day than that. Known for his powerful one-man shows, Day connects with audiences through his charm, humor, and warm tenor voice that “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. Now with a third album under his belt and even more new material recorded since its 2009 release, Day has a lot more to listen to. Come see what he’s been up to!
Like Day, Brown is a singer-song-writer who has accomplished many things in her young life. After placing 13th on season 5 of American Idol she made hundreds of personal appearances in the New England area and developed a very strong musical fan base. She is a supporter of a Massachusetts-based military non-profit, called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc., and gave a portion of the proceeds from her seven-song EP, Heroes & Hometowns, to the non-profit. Brown also serves as spokesperson for the Songs of Love Foundation, an organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens who are facing tough medical conditions. Sponsored by Hilton Hotels, Brown is currently traveling all over the country performing for local morning TV shows and ‘staying in style’. She is also busy writing for her next album, and is excited to be performing at The Spire.
The Spire is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems and original period architectural details, offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the venue.
Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter, Ayla Brown, will receive the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s sixth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards Ceremony that will take place at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, MA, on March 22nd.
Brown, who placed among the top 16 finalists on season five of American Idol, has supported a number of charitable causes over the years. Most recently, she released a country music, patriotic-inspired solo album titled, “Heroes & Hometowns,” and donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the first 2,000 CD’s sold to a military non-profit based out of Massachusetts called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc. This past Veteran’s Day, Brown presented Hugs for Heroes, Inc. with $5,000.00 live on FOX25. Still to this day, it is the largest one-time donation made to the organization.
Furthermore, Brown has appeared in concert at Fenway Park on multiple occasions to help the Boston Red Sox and the players with their charitable endeavors including “Life Is Good At Fenway,” “Hot Stove, Cool Music,” “Jimmy Fund” with WEEI radio, and the “Beckett Bowl.” She also offers her vocal talents and time to the organization, “Songs of Love,” where she is currently a spokesperson, as well as singing and recording songs for ill-stricken children.
The Unsung Hero award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Brown is the second recipient of this award. Last year, it was presented to Lisa Guyer who founded the Lisa Guyer Music Empowerment Program.
Katie Botelho, co-owner of Limelight Magazine, said it’s an honor to present this award to Brown this year.
“If anyone deserves this award it’s her,” said Botelho. “Her generosity and kindness is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”
The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by Matthew Almquist and Theresa Andreski of the Cape Cod-based band Beautiful Tuesday. Performers scheduled to appear include Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square.
South Shore Music Hall is located at 1515 Hancock Street in Quincy. The venue has a full bar with a limited food menu. Parking is free.