Legendary singer Johnny Mathis celebrates 58 years in music with a performance at Emens Auditorium at Ball State University, 1800 West Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, 47306 on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Johnny Mathis, a sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular — assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.
The longest-running artist on Columbia Records, Mathis released his debut, Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song, in 1956. In June of 1957, Mathis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show where he was introduced to the record buying public and became a national celebrity and household name. Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs. His 1958 release, Johnny’s Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing ‘greatest hits’ anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart. Mathis has recorded more than 110 albums and sold millions and millions of records worldwide since the release of his debut. He has 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone.
Mathis has received four GRAMMY Award nominations: Misty in 1960 in the category of Best Male Vocal Performance – Single Record or Track; In a Sentimental Mood / Mathis Sings Ellington in 1992 in the category of Best Traditional Pop Performance; Isn’t It Romantic in 2006 in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Let It Be Me – Mathis In Nashville in 2010 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, his first foray into classic country music. He has also been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame three times for Chances Are, Misty, and It’s Not For Me To Say. Most impressive of all is his 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. [from Johnny Mathis biography]
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Emens Auditorium at Ball State University
1800 West Riverside Avenue at North McKinley Avenue
Muncie, Indiana 47306