MusicFest adds talented, award-winning Carpenter

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will be one of the headliners during the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Festival.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER is the latest 'name' performer announced for MusicFest 2013. She will perform with Marc Cohn.

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will be one of the headliners during the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Festival.

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s music speaks to the most personal and most universal of life’s details.

With 12 albums and 13 million records sold, Carpenter has won five Grammys, two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.

Throughout her career, Carpenter has had a string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, yielding such hits as Never Had it So Good, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her, Down at the Twist and Shout, I Feel Lucky, I Take My Chances, Shut Up and Kiss Me, and Tender When I Want to Be.

Iconic artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black, Cyndi Lauper, Dianne Reeves, Betty Buckley, Tony Rice and Trisha Yearwood have recorded her songs.

Carpenter’s newest album Ashes and Roses has been described as her most powerful in years and is a collection of stunningly beautiful songs.

Joining Carpenter on stage at MusicFest in July at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds is Grammy-award winner, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn.

A brilliant tunesmith, Cohn has the passion of a great soulman. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant while distilling universal truth from his frequently romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn’s career took off with the release of his debut album in 1991. The self-titled and critically adored Marc Cohn contains the contemporary classics Walking in Memphis, Silver Thunderbird, and True Companion.

Cohn’s newest release Listening Booth: 1970 takes Cohn back to where he began — writing songs that are the soundtrack to his life.

Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013 takes place July 12 to 14 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

For tickets, artist announcements and festival information, go to www.islandmusicfest.com.

— Vancouver Island Music Festival

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