Collective Soul co-founder Will Turpin and singer/songwriter Amy Gerhartz joined forces for a charity concert in support of pediatric cancer research and treatment. Rock by the Sea, an organization that raises money for worthwhile causes through music, presented the star-studded holiday benefit concert at Vinyl, an intimate music club on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
A portion of the proceeds benefited the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
Turpin and his well-rehearsed solo band, Will Turpin and the Way, contributed the William Dix classic “What Child Is This?” to A Rock by the Sea Christmas: Volume Three, a charity CD series of Christmas classics and original tunes. He said the holiday season is best celebrated by finding ways to give back to the community.
“I’m a very traditional person at heart. Celebrating Christmas was a time I looked forward to as a kid, and even more so now that I have children of my own,” Turpin said. “Lending my name and support to fighting pediatric cancer is simply my way of giving back and showing gratitude.”
Gerhartz, who contributed a song to Rock by the Sea’s 2011 charity compilation, is an Atlanta-based artist who has opened for several national acts. Her music blends acoustic pop, rock, folk and soul. The bill also included Lauren St. Jane and the Dead Westerns, Steve Everett, Echo Collection, Travis Denning and other musical guests.
“Cancer happens to everyone – parents, siblings, spouses, children, friends. Cancer is ubiquitous and permeates the fabric that binds us together as human beings. It’s personal,” said Tod Elmore, Rock by the Sea board member and CD and show producer. “Coincidentally, cancer, or rather the fight against it, has the ability to unite us as one, as does music.”
Rock by the Sea is dedicated to planning and producing music festivals, events and products that raise money to financially assist deserving cancer charities that provide direct services to those in need. For more information visit RockByTheSea.org.
It was enlightening to see Turpin step into the limelight and sing lead vocals and play piano. Fans definitely got to hear songs from the artist’s debut EP, The Lighthouse. His solo career thus far has been satisfyingly distinctive from his other group. If you have never heard Turpin’s piano-driven power pop statement, check out NoiseTrade. All five songs from The Lighthouse can be downloaded for free.
Of course, some Collective Soul tunes were also skillfully delivered. A John Lennon or Beatles cover likely wound up in the setlist, as the musician is a dedicated admirer of the lads from Liverpool. The singer’s first full-length album, Serengeti Drivers, is currently in development at Real 2 Reel Studios in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Collective Soul is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The alt rockers have attained seven No. 1 songs and 19 Top 40 singles, easily making them one of the most successful bands of the 1990s. In addition, they are planning a 20th anniversary tour and boxed set extravaganza sometime in 2014.
- DON’T GO ANYWHERE! Will Turpin grew up obsessed with the Beatles, spending hours dissecting Paul McCartney’s melodic bass playing style. Stick around for the most comprehensive interview of the rocker’s career [i.e. “Follow the Lighthouse…”] as he volunteers a profound tribute to John Lennon, 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, and how growing up with a desire to play music in a tiny Georgia suburb gave way to the big leagues.
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