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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 20, 2009) – BJ Thomas, an American pop singer who has sold 70 million records, earned five Grammys, two Dove Awards and 25 Top 40 Hits, will perform in concert Friday, May 1 at UCM as the finale of the Performing Arts Series 2008-2009 season.
Tickets are on sale now for the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall, a change from original venue of the UCM Multipurpose Building.. In addition, local talents Mick Leuhrman and Friends will provide the opening act for the concert.
The Music and the Voice That Created the Legend
Thomas will share some of the songs and the identifiable and unchanging voice that have made him a legend in the national and international music scene. Since recording the cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry in 1966, Thomas went on to record six platinum singles, six platinum albums, and many gold records and albums. Today, he has a re-energized commitment to performing this vast array of music, including fan favorites such as Eyes of a New York Woman, Hooked on a Feeling, Just Can’t Help Believing, and Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. His multi-platinum single, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, won an Academy Award. It has also been introduced to new audiences over the years through inclusion in movie soundtracks for feature films such as Forrest Gump, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Clerks II and Spider-Man 2. His tune, As Long as We Got Each Other, is widely recognized by fans of the former hit TV series, Growing Pains.
New Album Now Available
Thomas has maintained a commitment to his loyal fans by recently releasing a new studio album, Love to Burn, his first new one in almost a decade. Concurrent with that project, he has contributed six songs to the soundtrack of the independent picture, Jake’s Corner.
Reserve Your Seats Now
Plenty of good seats are still available for his UCM performance. Tickets range from $23-35 for the general public and $12-18 for students. To reserve seats, call the Performing Arts Series box office at 660-543-8888, order online, or stop by the Performing Arts Series ticket office, Administration 100, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets purchased for seating in the Multipurpose Building will be honored with appropriate seating in Hendricks Hall.