Widely known as the soulful singer, songwriter and keyboardist with the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago, Bill Champlin brings his musical prowess to the McCoy Studio at Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m.
This is a MACC signature "Solo Sessions" event, which features renowned musicians in intimate concerts and talk sessions that reveal some of the inspirations, career journeys and musical backstories, straight from the heart of renowned musicians.
Champlin's featured spots on the hits "Look Away" and "Hard Habit to Break" with the band Chicago are among his mainstream highlights. But, according to Greg Rule of Keyboard Magazine: "[H]is defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before his time with Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the '70s -- and they returned to doing the same in the late '90s and into the present," the music writer claims.
In addition to his 28-year association with Chicago and his solo work, Bill Champlin (pictured) has worked with Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers in the studio.
Champlin won his first Grammy award in 1979 for co-writing "After the Love is Gone," which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire. In 1981, he won another Grammy for co-writing "Turn Your Love Around" for George Benson. Bill's recording of the song "In the Heat of the Night" was picked up as the opener for a television show of the same name.
Besides his 28-year association with Chicago and his solo work, Champlin's talents are often called upon in the studio, as session lead and background vocalist on numerous recordings. The artists he has worked with include Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers.
Well-known songs on the program for this Solo Session at The MACC: "I Don't Wanna' Live Without Your Love," "Here In My Heart," and "You're Not Alone" (all Top Ten Chicago songs), and "Turn Your Love," "After The Love," and "In The Heat Of The Night," amongst others.
Music writer Dennis Cook, in Jambase and Relix Magazine, has said about Champlin: "Age has done nothing to diminish his powers, and in fact, brings nuances to the material that a young cat just can't muster."
Tickets are $30 and $45 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at The MACC box office. Call 242-SHOW (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or book online at MauiArts.org.