MIKE FARRIS

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AUGUST 24 | 8PM

Private Home/Public Concert
837 Middleton Way-Serenbe

MIKE FARRIS

“Mike Farris is one of the greatest entertainers on the planet. We are fortunate to have him back in Serenbe for an encore performance.” Ron Simblist - Chatt Hills Music 

Coming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE, out September 7 on Compass Records. The title refers to his wife Julie's wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their 23 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 7 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis ReddingSILVER & STONE isn’t a “gospel” album by any means, but Farris still takes us to church on these 12 engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll be Happier.” 

 "With a supersized voice filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings ."  — Rolling Stone Country

 "Modern soul at its most potent and nostalgia-free"  The Nashville Scene

"Farris can turn his powerhouse vocals and stunning range to country, blues, gospel and heart-wrenching soul, and on 'Silver & Stone,' he certainly mixes it up."  — RnR Magazine

 “Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.”  — Buddy Miller

 "Country and gospel music is in dire need of some pure heartfelt soul right now.  He's like a secret weapon — he's loaded with soul."  — Marty Stuart (Rolling Stone Country) 

JENN CORNELL


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MAY 12 | 8PM

GRANGE HALL
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

JENN CORNELL

A Dance of Instrument & Body

Jenn Cornell is a cellist performance artist that plays with a spirit that bursts into an ecstatic dance of instrument and body. The outcome is a sensation of joy that emanates from her performances and her instrument.

Jenn attended the University of Georgia on a 4 year music scholarship and completed advanced studies at the Academia Musicale Chigiana, Sienna, Italy. This led to her touring Europe, Asia and the U.S. performing in halls like the Seoul Arts Center and the Moscow International Auto Show.; as well as to teaching where she held master classes at schools and universities including the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA; Georgia Tech; and most recently at the Community Music Centers of Atlanta where she mentors young musicians.

Jenn’s performance career began with the highly successful guitar/cello duo Montana Skies which toured for a number of years and was praised by presenters and fans for the unique and creative duo it was. Montana Skies hit #1 on the World and Instrumental Music radio charts and was highlighted on national broadcasts, including on NPR and the Travel Channel and on PBS where they composed and scored music for PBS.

Jenn has developed a new sound with percussionist Emrah Kotan and is taking her progressive music around the U.S. as she continues to perform both acoustic and 6-string electric cello to her own compositions with Emrah. Jenn has recently recorded for Michael Malarky (Vampire Diaries) on his new album and his single “Scars”, and has recorded for the rap artist B.O.B.. In addition, she appeared on the TV shows The Vampire Diaries and Dynasty where she performed cello on episodes for both.

Jenn has developed a new and mesmerizing sound with her cello and with the joy that she brings in touching people’s hearts with her music.

EMRAH KOTAN

Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.  

Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta music scene, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India.Arie.  He has performed in renowned venues such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Singapore Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York.  

Emrah is Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College and he proudly endorses Pearl drums and percussion.

Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "Skipping" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group
Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "The 13th Good Wild Horses" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group

Sarah Potenza

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APRIL 7 | 8PM

Grange Hall
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

SARAH POTENZA

Rolling Stone says “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”

After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Williams’ immediately exclaimed, “You’re giving this generation something they've never seen before". Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist then headed to Nashville, where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.

NPR Music exclusively premiered the music video to Potenza’s debut album, ‘Monster’.  Programmers have been supporting her gritty sound and unstoppable resolve, resulting in ‘Monster’ moving quickly up the Americana Radio chart. NPR Music calls the album a “blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem,” while No Depression states, “You won’t find any gimmicks on MONSTER, just pure unadulterated rock and roll.” Sarah’s album also received rave reviews from Rolling Stone. In September the magazine named her one of the top 10 artists you need to know, stating “Potenza is to the Blues what Adele is to Pop.”

McGarry, Ganz, & Versace Trio

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FEBUARY 3 | 8PM

OAK ROOM AT INN AT SERENBE
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills

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Grammy nominated vocalist KATE McGARRY celebrates the release of her debut trio album The Subject Tonight Is Love feat with guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace.  For their early Valentine’s CD release celebration, the acclaimed trio reimagines beloved standards, sets music to the words of 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz, and mines the depths of McGarry’s soul-stirring originals. The result is a fresh, cinematic approach to jazz that invites listeners into the music through unexpected doorways.

 

The formidable talents of these GRAMMY nominated musicians are in full bloom on this ambitious outing. Ganz shines on nylon, steel, electric and bass guitars while Versace moves masterfully between piano, electric keyboard, organ and accordion. Together they create a richly nuanced sonic canvas. McGarry’s voice rings true throughout, painting pictures that penetrate and illumine the human journey.

As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.  In July of 2016 DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.  

"Austere and elegant...an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz" ~ Wall St Journal

" Astute and sensitive" ~ New York Times