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Singer Jen Chapin Coming to Catawba College

September 27, 2010

Category: Events, Music, Sociology


ChapinMusical artist Jen Chapin is bringing the unique style of music that she calls "urban folk" to Catawba College on Monday evening, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theater of the Robertson College-Community Center. The price of admission for the concert is a donation of canned goods or other non-perishable food items for Rowan Helping Ministries.

Like her father, singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, Jen Chapin has championed a variety of social causes. She has been particularly active on behalf of WhyHunger (WHY), an organization dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

Critics have hailed Chapin's musical style as "brilliant" and "soulfully poetic." The Boston Globe labeled it "addictive," and Relix has described Chapin as "one of the freshest voices singing today." She has appeared on "Late night with Conan O'Brien" as well as live on stage with Bruce Springsteen and a host of other artists.

Chapin has released a total of five discs. Her most recent CD, entitled "ReVisions: Songs of Stevie Wonder," appeared in 2009. The Sunday Times praised that particular release as "little short of miraculous." An earlier CD was described by Time Out London as "crossing multiple musical boundaries...mesmerizing."

Chapin will remain on the Catawba campus on Tuesday to speak with selected students and faculty about both her music and her work as a social and political activist, including her efforts on behalf of WHY. Founded in 1975, WHY bills itself as a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty; solutions that promote self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable foods. A former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for WHY, Chapin notes that WHY believes solutions to hunger and poverty can be found at the grassroots level.

Chapin's appearance in Salisbury is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Sociology, the Provost's Office, and the College Honors Program at Catawba College.


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