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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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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Follow The Yellow Brick Road To See “The Wizard of Oz”

Walk into The Clayton Center on a weekday this summer, and you can hear the sounds of the classic musical The Wizard of Oz. The cast of Carolina Youth Theatre (formerly Clayton Youth Theater) is hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming production.

CYT presents The Wizard of Oz on Friday, July 26, at 7 PM; Saturday, July 27, at 2 PM; and Thursday through Saturday, August 1 through 3, at 7 PM.

The CYT production is based on the children’s book by L. Frank Baum and the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland.

When a tornado whisks Dorothy over the rainbow to the land of Oz, the Kansas farm girl sets off on a magical journey that requires brains, heart and courage. With Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion by her side, Dorothy learns the importance of friendship and that there really is “no place like home.” 

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $15 for adults and $8 for students (18 & under), plus sales tax and fees. ​All seating is reserved. Tickets may be purchased through The Clayton Center Box Office in person or by phone at 919-553-1737, or online at theclaytoncenter.com.