On October 8, 2011 saxophonist, arranger and vocalist Grace Kelly joined by renowned local Gospel vocalist Audrey Mbuyazi and a local orchestra will celebrate the release of Kelly’s new CD, GRACE at the His People Auditorium in Parktown North, Johannesburg. The proceeds from the evening will benefit Rebecca’s Well, a South African non profit organization that confronts the mounting needs of South Africa’s disadvantaged women and children.
With hundreds of performances worldwide, a shelf full of music awards, and praise from jazz legends like Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods and Lee Konitz, the 19 year old Grace Kelly has firmly established herself as a star on the rise in the Jazz world. Her new release, GRACE, marks a new direction for the accomplished artist into the genre of Gospel jazz.
The evening marks the beginning of a partnership between Ms. Kelly and Rebecca’s Well. The organization’s Executive Director, Sheila Wise Rowe explains their three-pronged approach to addressing the dire needs of these women and children. “We offer a holistic approach to addressing the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of women. We provide short term transitional housing, a place of safety for those needing inner healing, respite, reflection and redirection. To sustain our efforts, we also look to the future of these women and provide skills training in entrepreneurship and cooperative business.”
During Ms Kelly’s visit she will meet the Rebecca’s Well team and some of the women and children they serve. She will also visit children the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra and host a master class and jam session. “Grace Kelly is a remarkable young woman and an awesome talent,” says Wise Rowe. “We are grateful that she is giving of her time and talent to help Rebecca’s Well projects continue to transform the lives of South African women.”
The funds raised from the concert will be applied to purchasing program supplies and training materials, funding micro enterprises, supplying meals to participants and their children, and to help with staff salaries and volunteer stipends.
The evening begins at 6:30pm with a VIP Reception which includes a dinner with Grace (R500). The concert starts at 7:30pm (R150) and is followed by a meet and greet and CD signing by Grace Kelly. Tickets are R150; R75 with student ID. Tickets are available online at www.rebeccaswell.org and will also be available at the door. For more information on Grace Kelly go to www.gracekellymusic.com
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