2017 Songwriter’s Festival

7-1-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Musicians and committee members gather for a photo before the 2017 Songwriter’s Festival in the downtown square in Demopolis. Committee members are (bottom row, l-r) Andy Renner, John Russell, Woody Collins, Mike Grayson, Bill Mason, Mike Baker, Laurie Willingham and Candace Dorriety. Artists include (top row, l-r) Taylor Craven, Paul Garner, Alan Hartzell, Megan McMillan, Brian Smith, Kenny Smitherman, Christina Christian, Taylor Hunnicutt, Jacob Broussard and Shawn Pfaffman.

Don’t miss out on a great evening of live, original music in the square in downtown Demopolis. The 2017 Songwriter’s Festival will kick off at 6pm. We have nine artists who will be performing original music, live in the Demopolis square. Come see us!

Two Rivers Arts Council to present “Lady Sings the Blues”

DEMOPOLIS, Ala.—The Two Rivers Arts Council will present “Lady Sings the Blues” featuring  B.J. Reed on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Lady Sings the Blues is a night of jazz, rhythm, and blues. B.J. Reed evokes the sounds of Dinah Washington, Tina Turner, Billie Holiday as well as other selections from jazz greats. Her band includes drummer Latrisha Redmon, keyboardist David Talley IV, bass player Kenneth Olive, and saxophonist Charles Cooper.

Reed has traveled throughout the United States performing soul-stirring renditions of some of America’s best-loved recordings.  Included in her travels are Las Vegas, NV where she sang at several area lounges on the Las Vegas strip; Harlem, NY where she performed at the Apollo Theater live on “Showtime At The Apollo” (1991); Washington, DC on Capitol Hill (1997) where she sang at the birthday celebration of Senator Ted Kennedy; Houston, TX for the wedding of former LA Lakers player, Robert Horry (1999); and Savanna, GA where she was a quarter finalist in the International American Traditions Competition during the “Savannah On Stage Arts Festival” (2002). BJ was the winner of the Pride Talent Search as the “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1990, 1995 and 1998.  Her professional debut was launched in 1999 and held at the gorgeous Bama Theater attended by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters.

Although gospel is her first love, Reed performs jazz, R&B and other genres of music in collaboration with a variety of local and national musicians. She studied voice at Stillman College under the direction of Dr. James A. Williams in 1976-78.  She attended Nancy Bounds Modeling and Finishing School in Omaha, NE in 1989.  Reed returned to Stillman in 2000 and graduated with honors in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Today, Brenda continues to entertain at a variety of events and works devoutly to inspire the youth as a vocal instructor for the Alabama Blues Project.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Admission is free for arts council members. For more information contact Morgan Allen at 334.289.1595 or visit www.brendabjreed.com