EDWIN MCCAIN

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music and experiencing the success that comes with a television show on Animal Planet (Flipping Ships), McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.

“The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 48-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this” McCain said.

Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike (just ask last season’s AI winner, Nick Fradiani). Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.

2018 marked the 20th year of the success of “I’ll Be,” which topped the Billboard charts in 1998 and has proven to be a timeless classic over the past two decades.

SOUNDS OF FREEDOM STAGE SCHEDULE

7:00 PM | Country & Blues

BROOKE MCBRIDE

Brooke McBride is a “no fluff,” “no filler” singer/songwriter that prides herself in being downright real. The North Carolina native is defined by her raw, sultry and smoky vocals as her signature; her rockin’ live performance is “country music at its best with a razor edge.”

Brooke’s talents were recognized early in her career by the entertainment industry and television producers. She was acknowledged as a Carolina Music Award nominee for “Best Female Country Artist” (2013), a featured extra on the hit ABC Television series Nashville, and she made an appearance in the promotional commercial created for the 2013 CMA Awards (Nashville). In 2016, Brooke released the single, “Can’t Get Away” — a song that addresses and identifies the differences and similarities between the demons and obstacles presented on and off the road.

In 2019, she signed a single song publishing deal with Banner Music (Nashville) for her single, “Heartbreak Hall of Fame,” and released her latest project, a six song EP entitled, “Coming Clean.” She has been featured on Today in Nashville, The Ty Bentli Show, WSM Radio (Home of the Grand Ole Opry), and many other news and radio shows across the US. What does 2020 have in store for Brooke? Another year full of touring to promote her latest project, and as she puts it, “trying to connect with as many people as possible to make a difference through music.”

www.brookemcbridemusic.com

Brooke McBride on Facebook

6:00 PM | Soul

JOE BROWN & THE BAND

Joe Brown & The Band covers a variety of popular songs from a diverse selection of artists and genres. “We aim to bring joy to all who are under the sound of our music. By creating positive vibrations, our goal is to guide people to the realization that, no matter who we are, what we are, where we’re from, or what we look like, We All Are One. This band is blessed with great talent! This grants us the ability to overcome cultural boundaries and spread this very important message through music, which is the universal language.”

Joe Brown & The Band on Facebook

5:00 PM | Rock

MICHAEL DAUGHTRY & THE DRIFT

Michael Daughtry is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in the late 90’s where he was recognized for infectious song crafting. He remained in Boston for a few years to play in various bands in that area. His current songs reflect the trials and joys of life. The songs drive with syncopated rhythms and melodies that are both refreshing and familiar. He has recently received recognition from artists such as John Ford Coley, Derek Trucks, Luenell, Guy Torry, Jocko Sims, Bleu, Dale Baker (Sixpence None the Richer), and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish.

www.michaeldaughtrymusic.com
Michael Daughtry and the Drift on Facebook

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