Nick Norman w/ Joal Rush
512 Eaton Street
Key West, FL, 33040
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Edwin McCain's voice is everywhere. At any given moment, a radio station is playing one of his songs. An American Idol hopeful is belting out "I'll Be." A newlywed couple is dancing to "I Could Not Ask for More." His songs have over 25 million plays on myspace alone. There's Edwin singing the National Anthem before the Atlanta Braves and the Dodgers play for the pennant. Before a NASCAR race at Talladega. And at the NBA Finals. We hear him in over 100 concert halls throughout the country every year, and that's not even counting the performances at the Super Bowl Village and fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity, the Wildflower Camp Foundation, Kyle Petty's Victory Junction Gang and so many more. McCain's innate ability to write and perform songs that somehow every listener claims as their own has made him one of the most enduring and downright likable entertainers of our generation.
Over a million Dr. Phil viewers voted "I'll Be" as the best wedding song ever written, VH1 calls it one of the "Greatest Love Songs of All Time", it has received over 17 millions plays on myspace alone. Even Justin Beiber posted his version on YouTube (he'll still sing it during a concert now and again). The New York Times dubs Edwin the "great American romantic," and his fans do certainly agree but it's the FUN that brings them back to his concerts every single time he comes through town. Edwin roars through soulful renditions of his songs, tosses in irrepressible vintage R&B rhythms and turns his concerts into parties. His between-song-banter is more stand-up than rock star, drawing as many laughs as cheers.
"It's not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that," insists the man with 11 albums, a wall of platinum and gold albums that have sold in the millions, and reams of Top 10, 20 and 40 hits, "it just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment, that's it. And that's all I ever wanted to do. I just love that moment in the small club and bar where every single person in there has a moment where it's silent and they get it and it's beautiful, that moment where the music that's coming off the stage is much more than the players and much more than the audience and something happens and you're sitting there and your hair stands up. That's it, man. I love it."
Few artists share such a tight bond with their fans and can fill concert venues like McCain can. And even fewer can win over new audiences the way Edwin does. Witty and affable, engaging and entertaining, McCain's stage presence has even brought him invitations to deliver motivational speeches at corporate events, peppered with musical breaks featuring his hit songs. An entrepreneur who has launched major fundraising events as well as runs his own businesses and television productions, McCain imparts hard-earned wisdom about succeeding in business and life with humor, anecdotes from his triumphs - and failures - and his ability to embrace it all.
Nick Norman w/ Joal Rush
Immediately recognizable, Nick is known for two distinctive gifts: his soulful voice and infectious smile. It's hard to imagine that as a young boy he was told he would never be good enough to sing in the church's youth ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina where he grew up. Today he is truly the man with a golden voice; a talented singer/songwriter who delights his audiences with soulful and inspirational performances.
As a young man listening to South Carolina’s emerging musicians of the time, such as Edwin McCain and Hootie and the Blowfish, he was also drawing from the styles of legendary artists including Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Inspired by an eclectic array of influences Nick created a sound all his own.
Branching out from his home state he performed on stages all over the southeast, eventually finding his way to the Southernmost city of Key West. As his solo acoustic shows were drawing crowds, Nick’s songwriting was steadily being fueled by the artistic vibe of the island blending with his native southern roots.
Nashville based musician Joal Rush is currently touring with American Young adding profound talent to the already awesome duo. Originally hailing from South Carolina, he has been part of the regional music scene performing all over the southeast with many favorite acts including Sister Hazel, Kevn Kinney, Crowfield, Mark Bryan, Edwin McCain and Jay Clifford as well as sharing the stage with nationally renowned artists Jakob Dylan, The Alternate Routes, Styx, Foreigner, Lee Brice, and Zac Brown.
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