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Jane L. Powell, ‘Goddess of Soul,’ to sing soul, blues, gospel Jan. 18 at Warren Cultural Center

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 11:53 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD — There will be soul – and some blues and gospel, too – when Jane L. Powell performs Jan. 18 at Warren Cultural Center (WCC) in Greenfield. The “Goddess of Soul” has opened for or worked with such notables as Lou Rawls, Joan Jett, BJ Thomas, Koko Taylor and Ray Charles, sharing her soulful style and vocal range with audiences.

Backed by piano, bass and drums, Powell will apply her unique style to classic R&B, jazz standards, reggae grooves and gospel anthems in one show, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Warren Cultural Center and Ed & Eva’s Store, 154 Public Square, Greenfield. Call 641-743-2566 or go online at warrenculturalcenter.com to order.

Tickets are $30 for premium seats (front half of the auditorium), and $20 for standard. Balcony seats are sold out.

In addition to her public performance, Powell will conduct a free educational workshop for aspiring young singers during the afternoon prior to her show. She will offer constructive critique and tips from her performing experience. Space is limited. Students interested in participating should contact WCC at 641-343-7337 for more information.

Powell began her singing career in Roanoke, Va., and has since toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. People may have heard Powell singing in a national McDonald’s advertisement, or seen and heard her performances in the Dino DeLaurentis film “Marie,” or in the 1999 New Line Cinema comedy “The Bachelor.”

The National Association for Campus Activities has voted Jane “Entertainer of the Year” once, winner of the performing arts/music award twice, and “Jazz Artist of the Year” five times, making her the most honored performer in the history of the organization.

Her concert is part of the WCC’s Premier Performance Series, which brings nationally touring acts to the stage of the restored 1896 Warren Opera House.

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