Singing from the soul: Marc Cohn brings his trio to Grass Valley on Friday for a concert at The Center for the Arts | TheUnion.com

Singing from the soul: Marc Cohn brings his trio to Grass Valley on Friday for a concert at The Center for the Arts

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Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation's most compelling singer/songwriters after winning a Grammy for his ballad "Walking in Memphis."

On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc Cohn proudly released "Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities" and the bonus album, "Evolution of a Record," featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad "Walking in Memphis," Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation's most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.

He's a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and distilling universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for."

Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's early records for Atlanta, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow.

In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with "Join the Parade." Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near-fatal shooting just weeks before, "Parade" is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

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About his album "Listening Booth: 1970," a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, "Cohn has one of rock's most soulful croons — a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own."

In late 2014, Cohn released, "The Coldest Corner in the World," the title song to the documentary "Tree Man" and his first original song released in more than seven years.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Marc Cohn

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

TICKETS: Reserved Seating: $54 members, $58 general public. Lounge Seating: $42 members, $46 general public. Pre-Show Mixer and Meet & Greet: $35 add-on, 7-8 p.m. in Off Center Stage. Tickets at: The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384 ext 14; BriarPatch Food Coop — 530-272-5333; Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

WEBPAGE: http://thecenterforthearts.org/event/marc-cohn/