Nashville Recording Artist In Concert

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Billy Dean, Nashville singer and songwriter and number-one smash recording artist will appear in a unique and intimate performance at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12.

Dean has recorded 12 albums and has had 11 top ten hits. Among the awards bestowed on Dean are The Academy of Country Music’s “New Male Vocalist” and “Song of the Year,” a Grammy award and the BMI “Million Air Plays Award.”

Hit songs aside, Dean is most noted for his dynamic musicianship and vocal styling, and warm, genuine presence on and off stage.

A gifted songwriter and fabulous guitarist, Dean is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in many television shows. After decades of churning out hits, Dean gives every audience an unforgettable performance.

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Nashville recording artist Billy Dean will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The program opens the second half of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2011-2012 season.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

The remaining 2011-2012 TCCA season will include:

• American Spirit, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Matt Davenport Productions is returning to Payson with yet another hit. Seen through the eyes of a well-meaning, but slightly befuddled mayor of Your Hometown, U.S.A., American Spirit is a rousing 90-minute song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls. You’ll hear Prohibition jazz growing out of Civil War spirituals, and enjoy America’s battlefield and ball field heroes rubbing elbows with entertainers and politicians. A musical event filled with humor and heart, this production will renew your American spirit.

• The Water Coolers, 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 – With original music and parodies of familiar songs, on-point material about life and work, and superior comedy writing, this cast of five New York City comics and singers, with piano accompaniment, celebrates the insanity of everyday life. Each performance is a high-energy, hilarious session of song and sketch comedy, kept fresh by the ever-changing challenges of modern life. The Water Coolers turn headaches and hassles into hilarity.

• The American Tenors, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 – Formed in 2002, The American Tenors have delighted audiences across the United States and Europe with their captivating show. As individuals, Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley boast impressive credentials, having accumulated an array of awards and performed in opera and theater productions from Italy to Hawaii. Accompanied by piano, their clear, buoyant voices join to enthrall and inspire audiences. The American Tenors truly represent “a new generation in American singing.”

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