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News Release: R-E-S-P-E-C-T 2

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June 20, 2019
Three Oaks Michigan, 07-19-2019.  Come join us for the follow up to the smashingly successful R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T 2 showcases women’s musical journey from the 1960’s to the present day.  Featuring the sensational 8 piece band, The Big Payback, and an all female vocal performance from talented, local artists. 
 
Artists include Andrea Deleon as Sharon Jones,  Kecia Deroly as Aretha Franklin,  Candice Elders as Amy Winehouse, Megan Francis as Blondie,  Meredith George as Ann Wilson,  Morgan Ingle as Stevie Nicks, Carina Kanzler as Adele, Jenna Mammina as Bonnie Raitt, Yolonda Lavender as Lauryn Hill, and Leah Tirado as Gloria Estefan.
 
Andrea Deleon is thrilled to be sharing the RESPECT stage with all these wonderful women. A South Bend, Indiana native and graduate of Bethel College, she holds a B.A.  in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Theatre and Vocal Performance. When not performing, she's blessed to be raising her two amazing babies, Carina and Nico, as well as serving and empowering women through labor and delivery as a birth doula. Andrea loves the arts, the outdoors, pizza, her husband, Marlon, and Jesus - just not in that order. Shout outs to her family, tribe, and friends for all the love and support!
 
Candice Elders is returning to the RESPECT show for its second year and is thrilled to be a part of such a fun event to support the SMSO. Candice lives in Saint Joseph with husband, John, and five-year-old daughter, Chloe, and serves as Lake Michigan College’s Executive Director of Marketing. In regard to representing Amy Winehouse, she said, “I’m enthralled by her dichotomy. A massive voice from a bird-like frame. Classic, soulful songs tinged with gritty
irreverence. She was feminine and unladylike. Comical yet devastating. She was fragile and tragic but carried herself with magnificent swagger. I’m daunted by the task of performing her music, but looking forward to channeling just a little bit of that swagger.” 
 
Meagan Francis  has been performing in theatrical productions and concerts in and around Southwest Michigan for years and is also known as a podcaster, writer, and former radio personality. She's co-owner and Editor in Chief of sunsetcoastmichigan.com, a new website highlighting the most interesting places, events, and personalities in southwest Michigan. Megan is married and the mother of five.  She enjoys reading, scouring antique malls, frequenting piano bars, puttering around the kitchen, and folding laundry. Meagan's excited to be representing Blondie, one of her all-time favorite lady-led bands.
 
Meredith George’s first performance took place in the 4th grade at a church talent show. She and best friend Julia sang “House at Pooh Corner” by Loggins and Messina. Her parents were hippies - enough said. Meredith loves the old jazz standards especially anything by Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday. She also digs 60s/70s folk and rock music.When not appearing onstage in local musicals and theatre, she sings with Morgan Ingle, and Leslie Sypian in the trio The Backups. They perform cover tunes in three-part harmony as well as some of their own original compositions! 
 
Crooning from about the time she could talk, Morgan Ingle recalls singing harmonies with her musician dad when she was about 5 and then participating in musicals and school productions throughout elementary and middle school. A soul singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist, she plays for local band Slim Gypsy Baggage as well as with a 3-piece female band, The Backups. Morgan finds sharing music with other people a powerful and overwhelming experience and is grateful for every opportunity she is given to connect with others through song.  
 
Carina Kanzler is a rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, studying Drama. She is in Benton Harbor for the summer, performing in The Ghostlight’s summer season. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra! Thanks to everyone involved.
 
Yolanda Lavender is a national recording artist with the independent label Truth Tone Records. She is a singer/songwriter, curator, composer, arranger and performing artist from Kalamazoo, whose sound is soul-based with gospel, r&b, hip-hop, blues and jazz influences. Yolonda has showcased her artistry in artistic spaces around the country and shared stages with the likes of artists such as Erykah Badu, En Vogue, Keith Murray, The Spinners and more. Yolonda is CEO of Soul Artistry, an arts consulting agency and the Executive Director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center as well as an advocate and activist who takes pride in using her artistry to spread messages of peace and love and to promote social justice all in an effort to evoke change.
 
Jenna Mammina is another talent who began singing at a young age and who plans to be part of the choir of angels someday. Recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover, Jenna has been named Jazz Performer of the Year by SF Weekly, received a nomination for Best Jazz Album for her sophomore CD, Meant to Be, by the California Music Awards, and the Goldy Award for her tireless work with children through her Scat for Cats program. She feels greatly honored “to share the stage with such a wonderful and powerful group of women” and to honor those who have helped shape her lifelong passion and career. Jenna loves her partnership with guitarist Rolf Sturm as well as singing at church, with family and YOU!
 
 This will be Leah Tirado’s (and The Big Payback's) third time playing this show, and she has thoroughly enjoyed choosing the unexpected artists. She finds it so rewarding to hear, "I forgot how good she was!" or "I didn't realize she had so many great songs!" Leah believes there is something really beautiful about falling in love with a musician or band all over again. She is especially excited to be representing a Latina artist this year and one whose music and story she greatly admires. “I can't express how much I appreciate the dedication to representation that the SMSO has made this year; it makes me truly proud to be a part of it, and the audience will be treated to such a wide-range of music in one night because of it. It's lovely!”
 
Kecia Deroly, is a theatre veteran and world travelled concert performer. She has been seen on stage in A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story, State Fair, AIDADreamgirls, Cinderella and The Lion King. Solo concert performances include two concert series at Carnegie Hall, “Broadway Past and Present,” and “Make Them Laugh, Make Them Cry, Bring Them Hope.” In addition, she has performed  backup to Brandy Norwood during her world tour in 2012 as well as private events for Queen Latifah, Idina Menzel, Sean “Puffy” Coombs, Jim Carey, and B.B. King. Recently, Kecia moved from New York City to Michigan and is excited to make her mark representing Aretha Franklin.
 
Never one to seek the spotlight, something changed for Nikki Gauthier when she hit 40! Suddenly her longtime love for the piano, learned at her grandmother’s side from the age of five, together with her brave new voice, started finding a home on open mic stages in the area. Nikki’s midlife artistic pursuits include a new love for painting, too — all of which led to her current work as Events and Programs Coordinator for the Box Factory for the Arts which was the home to that first Open Mic just two years ago. Nikki is thrilled to have the opportunity to sing tunes of the iconic Stevie Nicks and hopes to channel some of Stevie's mystical persona.
 
The Big Payback is an award-winning funk/rock/R&B band featuring soulful vocals and a smoking horn section.  Mixing “ambitious original tunes that challenge even the most talented instrumentalists” with classic covers, the band’s live show never fails to get the crowd dancing.
 
Tickets to R-E-S-P-E-C-T 2 are $30.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the Acorn Theater website (https://www.acornlive.org/) or by calling 269-982-4030.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.
 
 
WHAT: R-E-S-P-E-C-T 2 CONCERT
WHEN: July 19, 2019, 7:30pm

WHO:
  • The Big Payback
  • Andrea Deleon
  • Kecia Deroly
  • Candice Elders
  • Megan Francis
  •  Meredith George
  • Morgan Ingle
  • Carina Kanzler
  • Jenna Mammina
  • Yolonda Lavender
  • Leah Tirado
WHERE: Acorn Theater,  107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128
TICKETS $30 per person