‘Rock the Cradle — A Live Rock & Roll Christmas Cantana’ benefit hits Atlanta
Collective Soul founding bassist’s charity gig notches fifth consecutive performance
A rockin’ Christmas-themed charity concert returned to the Atlanta area featuring a Georgia Music Hall of Fame card-carrying member and a gathering of local musicians.
Will Turpin’s “Rock the Cradle — A Live Rock & Roll Christmas Cantana” bowed on Saturday, December 9, at Turning Point Church, 78 Old Jackson Road, McDonough, Georgia. The show, now in its fifth year, started at 8 p.m. Tickets were $15 at the door and $10 online. Net proceeds from the show benefited the Kensley Grace Aquatic Center. The show was for all ages.
“I grew up loving Christmas time because the music during the holiday season was featured so prominently in my church,” Turpin said. “It’s a cool concept that blends Christmas, modern rock songs, video, scripture, narration and theatrics. It helps us all to remember why we so desperately need Christmas.”
In addition to Turpin [piano and vocals], the musical lineup also included Jason Fowler [electric guitar and vocals], drummer Chad Fowler, bassist Mark Wilson, Andy Bray [acoustic guitar and backing vocals], Steven Neill [keyboards and saxophone], and James Cobb [guitar and harmonica].
The 70-minute show comprised a diverse repertoire of Christmas and holiday tunes like “Joy to the World”, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, “Happy Xmas [War is Over]”, “Little Drummer Boy” and Turpin’s solo version of “What Child Is This?”, which appeared on the 2012 Hubbub Music compilation, A Rock by the Sea Christmas Vol. 3.
“We were happy to host this uplifting and hope filled event at Turning Point. Families enjoyed coming together and celebrating that hope through song, sound, light, laughter and worship,” said Michael and Charla Turner, founding pastors of Turning Point Church. “We were happy that the proceeds benefited a cause that blessed our community. We knew and loved Kensley Grace, so it’s our honor to see her legacy come to fruition. We hope that when people left this event their hearts were filled with more hope and joy.”
Turpin has sold more than 12.5 million albums worldwide with Collective Soul. The alt-rockers have attained seven No. 1 songs and 19 Top 40 singles, making them one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s. Their newest release, Collective Soul — Live, was unleashed on December 8 and is their first proper live album in the band’s 25-year history.
For a thorough understanding of Turpin’s life and career, check out “Follow the Lighthouse — A Spontaneous Interview with Collective Soul’s Bassist.” The “Her Name” singer volunteers how he congratulated Dolly Parton when she performed “Shine” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, opening for a shockingly sober Aerosmith during the “Get A Grip” worldwide tour, how growing up with a desire to play music in a tiny Georgia suburb gave way to the big leagues, and provides affectionate tributes to the Beatles and John Lennon.
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