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By Bob Allen | August 4, 1991
Country-rocker Kelly Willis knows listeners are startled by her singing voice when they first hear it.Ever since the diminutive blonde began performing publicly at age 16, in a band called Kelly & the Fireballs, the Annandale, Va., native has been hearing comments like, "I can't believe such a great big voice is coming out of such a little girl!"And that big voice will boom this Saturday at the Fair Hill Country/Bluegrass Music Festival in Cecil County. Ms. Willis and her band, Radio Ranch, are part of a daylong lineup that includes the Judds, Ricky Van Shelton, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne, the Dillards and Russ Barenberg/Jerry Douglas/Edgar Meyer.
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By Tionah Lee and For The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
It was the night of completes. The night for all four coaches to find the remaining talent who would join their team, and help them go on to win "The Voice. " The final night of the blind auditions brought out some familiar faces -- and fighting words amongst the coaches. Going into night five coach Christina had 11 spots filled on her team; Adam and Blake each had 10; and CeeLo had 9. Kicking off the night was Matt Cermanski. After performing what Adam called a "weird" rendition of "Teenage Dream" last season, he was sent home and told to work on his voice, come back and try again.
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By Wesley Case | March 18, 2011
SPIN's Eric Magnuson was in Rhode Island to catch the opening night of Lil Wayne's "I'm Still Music" tour . Joe Colly gets two grafs at Pitchfork on Wiz Khalifa's "The Race," my favorite song as of late. Rolling Papers! Eleven days! Another essential Pitchfork piece, this time from Tom Breihan: Odd Future Mixtapes . The former Status Ain't Hood scribe breaks down every OFWGKTA release (with download links!). He undersells the greatness of Domo Genesis' release, but that's OK. Karen Rodriguez was voted off "American Idol" last night.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Su | May 6, 2011
From the start, Larry Collmus had a one-track mind. A race announcer, he would be. As a kid, he would watch the horses run at Timonium, then rush home to Ellicott City and re-create what he'd seen and heard. "Some people sing in the shower," said Sally LaHart, Collmus' sister. "Larry would call races in there. " In high school, Collmus amused friends by recollecting races that had been run the day before. "At lunch, we would hand Larry the morning paper and egg him on," said Jim Schwartz, a classmate at Mount St. Joseph.
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By Tionah Lee and For The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
It was the night of completes. The night for all four coaches to find the remaining talent who would join their team, and help them go on to win "The Voice. " The final night of the blind auditions brought out some familiar faces -- and fighting words amongst the coaches. Going into night five coach Christina had 11 spots filled on her team; Adam and Blake each had 10; and CeeLo had 9. Kicking off the night was Matt Cermanski. After performing what Adam called a "weird" rendition of "Teenage Dream" last season, he was sent home and told to work on his voice, come back and try again.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Su | May 6, 2011
From the start, Larry Collmus had a one-track mind. A race announcer, he would be. As a kid, he would watch the horses run at Timonium, then rush home to Ellicott City and re-create what he'd seen and heard. "Some people sing in the shower," said Sally LaHart, Collmus' sister. "Larry would call races in there. " In high school, Collmus amused friends by recollecting races that had been run the day before. "At lunch, we would hand Larry the morning paper and egg him on," said Jim Schwartz, a classmate at Mount St. Joseph.
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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
Antoinette Rooks appears to be a shy little girl, twirling her long ponytail and standing on tippy-toes in her black Mary Janes. But when it's her turn to sing a solo, the pint-size fifth-grader grabs the microphone, cocks it to the side and belts out a tune that seems to have come from someone older, more experienced."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 19, 2007
Lakisha Jones hasn't been feeling well lately. "My allergies are kicking my butt," says the former American Idol finalist. But for the past month, the exhilarating experience of performing on the show's summer tour, which stops tonight at 1st Mariner Arena, has been the most effective medicine. If you go American Idol Live concert is at 7 tonight at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets: $37.50-$70.50. Information: 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 10, 2003
Nina Simone, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell had already cleared the path for Phoebe Snow. Like those wondrous women of song, Snow is fearlessly musical, her work sweeping through the blues, gospel, jazz, pop, folk -- sometimes within one song. Because of her daring, complex artistry, Snow has been overlooked by the mainstream for years. Even during her commercial peak in the mid-'70s, record companies didn't quite know what to do with the singer-songwriter. Today, at 50, Snow shows no signs of settling into a single groove.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1996
What happens when you match the grandest of all grand operas with a soprano whose voice has been called the loudest in the world?Opera fans will have a chance to find out Thursday, when the Baltimore Opera Company kicks off its 1966-1997 season with Amilcare Ponchielli's theatrical tour de force, "La Gioconda," starring world-renowned soprano Ghena Dimitrova in the title role.Considered Ponchielli's masterpiece, "La Gioconda" is among the greatest examples of the Italian verismo style, which emphasized realistic depictions of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations.
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By Wesley Case | March 18, 2011
SPIN's Eric Magnuson was in Rhode Island to catch the opening night of Lil Wayne's "I'm Still Music" tour . Joe Colly gets two grafs at Pitchfork on Wiz Khalifa's "The Race," my favorite song as of late. Rolling Papers! Eleven days! Another essential Pitchfork piece, this time from Tom Breihan: Odd Future Mixtapes . The former Status Ain't Hood scribe breaks down every OFWGKTA release (with download links!). He undersells the greatness of Domo Genesis' release, but that's OK. Karen Rodriguez was voted off "American Idol" last night.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,sun reporter | November 11, 2007
In its earliest days, Jordan Hadfield's a cappella group recruited a member from the laundry room in a University of Maryland, Baltimore County dorm. Since then, Mama's Boys, formed by Hadfield and three other freshmen in 2003, has evolved from a loose crew of guys to a polished group of performers selected through a competitive audition process. The chorale has sung before an Orioles game, opened for comedian Lewis Black, musician Gavin DeGraw and earned a batch of Rice Krispie treats from a fan on the Ocean City boardwalk.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 19, 2007
Lakisha Jones hasn't been feeling well lately. "My allergies are kicking my butt," says the former American Idol finalist. But for the past month, the exhilarating experience of performing on the show's summer tour, which stops tonight at 1st Mariner Arena, has been the most effective medicine. If you go American Idol Live concert is at 7 tonight at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets: $37.50-$70.50. Information: 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN REPORTER | September 22, 2005
"My house is gone," says Marva Wright, the big-voiced singer who's called "The Blues Queen of New Orleans." "We lost everything," she says. "Everything. All the pictures, the photos, the computers, the mink coats, the diamond rings, you name it, I had it and it's gone. Everything is gone." She's on her phone on the Baltimore Beltway. Her husband's trying to find his son's Randallstown home, where they're staying. Wright will sing tomorrow night at the 8x10 Club near Cross Street Market, at one of the many benefits in the area for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 10, 2003
Nina Simone, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell had already cleared the path for Phoebe Snow. Like those wondrous women of song, Snow is fearlessly musical, her work sweeping through the blues, gospel, jazz, pop, folk -- sometimes within one song. Because of her daring, complex artistry, Snow has been overlooked by the mainstream for years. Even during her commercial peak in the mid-'70s, record companies didn't quite know what to do with the singer-songwriter. Today, at 50, Snow shows no signs of settling into a single groove.
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By Larry Bingham and Larry Bingham,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2000
He will wake with a scarf around his neck. He will eat breakfast, but no milk or cheese. He will be escorted from a room at the Omni Hotel to the convention center. Eron Bruce will be nervous. His mother knows he will be quiet, strangely quiet, like the sky between lightning and thunder, and that is not at all like him. Yet he has been since Sunday: resting his voice, saving his breath, keeping the instrument in its case. Because of what happens tomorrow, he has worn scarves to fend off a cold.
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By Larry Bingham and Larry Bingham,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2000
He will wake with a scarf around his neck. He will eat breakfast, but no milk or cheese. He will be escorted from a room at the Omni Hotel to the convention center. Eron Bruce will be nervous. His mother knows he will be quiet, strangely quiet, like the sky between lightning and thunder, and that is not at all like him. Yet he has been since Sunday: resting his voice, saving his breath, keeping the instrument in its case. Because of what happens tomorrow, he has worn scarves to fend off a cold.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN REPORTER | September 22, 2005
"My house is gone," says Marva Wright, the big-voiced singer who's called "The Blues Queen of New Orleans." "We lost everything," she says. "Everything. All the pictures, the photos, the computers, the mink coats, the diamond rings, you name it, I had it and it's gone. Everything is gone." She's on her phone on the Baltimore Beltway. Her husband's trying to find his son's Randallstown home, where they're staying. Wright will sing tomorrow night at the 8x10 Club near Cross Street Market, at one of the many benefits in the area for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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By HANS KNIGHT | September 14, 1997
A grave in Zurich, Switzerland, holds the remains of a very small man. Perhaps someone places fresh flowers on the grave once in a while, perhaps not. I hope someone does. For, once upon time, that tiny body poured forth some of the loveliest sounds heard in this fading century.In a country blessed with floral abundance, the flowers would not cost much, and they would signify a whisper of respect. Maybe even of contrition.The man's name was Joseph Schmidt. His career lasted a mere decade, but in the late 1920s and early 1930s his fame in the music world equaled that of his rival, Beniamino Gigli.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1996
What happens when you match the grandest of all grand operas with a soprano whose voice has been called the loudest in the world?Opera fans will have a chance to find out Thursday, when the Baltimore Opera Company kicks off its 1966-1997 season with Amilcare Ponchielli's theatrical tour de force, "La Gioconda," starring world-renowned soprano Ghena Dimitrova in the title role.Considered Ponchielli's masterpiece, "La Gioconda" is among the greatest examples of the Italian verismo style, which emphasized realistic depictions of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations.
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