Catch “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle this Friday

Melinda Doolittle became a household name during the 2007 season of American Idol. She came in third in the voting, but she placed first with Simon Cowell. The often cantankerous judge called her his “personal favorite.” Doolittle became the sweetheart of the season, winning everyone over with her powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

Doolittle graduated with a BA in Music from Belmont University in Nashville. She went on to become a highly sought after background vocalist. She sang for numerous musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.
 
In 2009 Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, for which The New York Times hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. Her sophomore album, You’re the Reason, followed in 2013. Doolittle also penned the book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level and was the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check

Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere she goes — from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to The White House, and from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, the Charlotte Symphony and the United States Air Force Orchestra and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book

Doolittle performs at 8 PM this Friday, December 6, at The Clayton Center.

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Veterans Day Closure

The Clayton Center, along with all other Town of Clayton facilities, will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Tickets to all events at The Clayton Center will be available online at theclaytoncenter.com during this time. Thank you.

Clayton Proud

If you’re around town and looking for something to do this month, stop on by The Clayton Center and take in Clayton Visual Arts’ November art exhibit. In recognition of Clayton’s 150th anniversary, this month’s photographic exhibit celebrates those who serve the Town of Clayton – its employees.

When you “Think Clayton. Think Pride.” This photographic essay captures proud moments of a town in motion and spotlights many of those who accept responsibilities and challenges that most residents never see. Town staff are portrayed in their daily roles, illustrating what Clayton has going on behind the scenes.

Clayton Visual Arts will host its monthly reception tomorrow, Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 7:30 PM. It’s a great time to view the exhibit and maybe meet some of the featured town employees. All are welcome.

Clayton Piano Festival Presents Clayton at 150 Gala

The Clayton Piano Festival closes its 8th season with a celebration of the Town of Clayton’s 150th birthday. CPF will present local history through music and documentary film clips that capture the people and influences of the region.

The evening will be narrated by special guest performer, 2019 Miss America Nia Imani Franklin. The program also will feature violinist and violist Christin Danchi and pianists Joey Chang and Jonathan Levin, among others. The program will follow a narrative which presents many of the themes of life in Clayton and Johnston County from years past to the present day.  A reception will follow the performance.

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Popular Country Crooner and Greensboro native Billy “Crash” Craddock added to September schedule

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It’s Easy as Pie to see Billy “Crash” Craddock in concert in Clayton. Crash will perform at The Clayton Center on Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 PM.

Sing along with Crash as he belts out his biggest hits, including Knock Three Times, Rub It In, Ruby Baby, Broken Down in Tiny Pieces, Easy as Pie, Sweet Magnolia Blossom, Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’, Still Thinkin’ ‘Bout You, and Dream Lover. Tickets for the show are $25, plus sales tax and fees.

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