The 2012 Maui Invitational Music Festival presents singer and actress Freda Payne in a musical tribute in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) on Thursday, Feb. 2. Pre-show festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the McCoy Courtyard and feature a performance by blended gospel choirs.
Vocalists Sheryl Renee and Maui's own Clay Mortensen open the show in the McCoy Studio Theater with Mana'o Radio personality Kathy Collins as mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $30 and are available at the MACC Box Office or www.MauiArts.org or by calling 242-SHOW (7469).
Best known for her 1970 hit single "Band of Gold," Payne has also appeared in films, television and on Broadway. She has worked with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey and Bill Cosby, recorded 21 albums and toured around the world. Her acting credits include stage productions of "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Della Reese and movies such as "The Nutty Professor II" and "The Klumps."
Singer and actress Freda Payne will perform a musical tribute in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 2.
In 2009, Payne appeared on the popular television show "American Idol" and sang her multi-million-selling hit, "Band of Gold." She joined Kanye West, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and many more artists in 2010 to record the remake of "We Are The World" for Haiti Relief.
As a prelude to her concert, Payne invites the public to join her on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at 6:30 p.m., when she will share her story about her road to stardom and beyond. Following the talk story session, all are invited to attend a gospel choir workshop at 7:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free.
The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented by the Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. It is supported by County of Maui Office of Economic Development; Hawai'i Tourism Authority; Mana'o Radio; The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and SR Productions.
For more information, visit aecg.org.