St. Jude Jam
Friday, June 4, 2021
Renaissance World Golf Village
Attire is Cocktail Casual
7:15 Jam begins
Backstage VIP $5,000 per couple
Artists Scheduled to Appear
Mike Mills (R.E.M.)
Musician and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock group R.E.M. and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist and pianist, his musical repertoire includes also keyboards, guitar and percussion instruments.
Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Guitar Players Hall of Fame. Lead guitar player for BOOKER T & The MGs as well as the BLUES BROTHERS. One of the many hit songs he wrote is “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”.
Al Paris (Former lead singer for Kool & The Gang)
Al Paris is a performer of rare talent, whose charisma really shines on-stage in front of a live audience. After a decade touring globally as a former member of Kool & The Gang, Al’s “renaissance man” career has spanned acting, singing, songwriting, and producing from his home base in Memphis, TN.
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)
As lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, McGrath can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified “14:59”), and countless sold out tours. Where that would be enough for most artists, McGrath has also proven an effervescent and ever-present pop culture personality, with a host of TV, film, and other extracurricular endeavors.
Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent)
Since her songwriting and recording debut, superstar writer-performer Kim Carnes has been an extraordinarily distinctive and in-demand voice in popular music, both figuratively and literally. Take 2014 alone, during which she participated in a BBC songwriter special hosted by esteemed British broadcaster Bob Harris, contributed duet vocals to an album of songs written by acclaimed tunesmith Frankie Miller, co-wrote songs for a pair of albums by Americana singer-songwriter Dana Cooper and covered the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” for a Brazilian recording project.
While she first came to the attention of many through her 1981 history-making rendition of the Jackie DeShannon-Donna Weiss-penned “Bette Davis Eyes” – Billboard’s No. 1 hit of that year and still one of the Hot 100’s biggest chart hits of all time – the Grammy-winning tune is just another remarkable facet of a global recording, performing and songwriting career that has now spanned five decades.
Before Uncle Kracker flew up the charts for 5 weeks at #1 with “When the Sun Goes Down”, a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might’ve seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But after a few summer tours with Chesney, Uncle Kracker reached country’s Top 10 with his double-platinum crossover hit “Smile”. Then, 2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing, Midnight Special produced by Keith Stegall which leaves no doubt this feel-good rocker is exactly where he should be.
Uncle Kracker has played sold out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He is still having a blast, and fans worldwide undoubtedly will too when they see him on the road. “When I’m up onstage, I don’t feel removed from the people coming to hear the music,” he leaves off. “You can feel it, when they identify with you. Sometimes when I’m up there, I wanna tell’em ‘I’m not any different than you are.’”
Emerson Hart (Tonic)
Emerson is no stranger to penning hits over his 25-year career creating works of art that resonate with fans and quickly become classics. He fronts the multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated alternative rock institution Tonic that has racked up six Top 10 singles including “If You Could Only See,” which was the #1 most-played rock song of 1998. Tonic has sold over 4 million records, received multiple Grammy nominations, and toured the world. In addition to Tonic, Emerson built a growing solo discography. 2007’s Cigarettes & Gasoline garnered tastemaker praise and yielded two Top 20 singles. In 2014, Beauty In Disrepair arrived as a fan and critical favorite lauded by USA Today, Huffington Post, Guitar World, and many more.
Kevin Griffith (Better than Ezra)
The Better Than Ezra frontman, award-winning songwriter, and Pilgrimage Festival co-founder has added yet another persona to his resume: solo troubadour. Buoyed by minimal production, sweeping vocal harmonies, and narrative lyricism, he’s penned some of his most intimate, inimitable, and irresistible tunes to date.Better Than Ezra’s legacy encompasses the double-platinum 1995 classic “Deluxe” and its instantly recognizable #1 smash single “Good,” the gold-selling Friction, Baby in 1997 with “Desperately Wanting”, 2001’s Closer with “Lifetime” and ubiquitous “Extra Ordinary” and the 2005 epic Before The Robots. The latter yielded “Breathless” notably performed and recorded by Taylor Swift. That particular legacy continued in 2014 by way of All Together Now and the hit “Crazy Lucky.”As a songwriter, the New Orleans native stands out as a five-time BMI Pop Award winner and ARIAA Award winner. Moreover, he has landed multiple number ones, including Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” and Howie Day’s “Collide.” Other credits span cuts for Christina Perri, Train, The Struts, Barenaked Ladies, Blondie, James Blunt, and many more with his cumulative tally of album and song sales exceeding 30 million copies.
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