Classically-trained bass vocalist Jonathan Blanchard will perform at William Woods University Monday (March 29). The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
Blanchard’s imaginative soul came into maturity while immersed in the divergent styles of music and art in Memphis. Possessing a voice comparable in depth and richness to the great Paul Robeson, his uplifting song has held enthusiasts of popular, classical and religious song in sway.
In the spiritual tradition of an ancient Griot, Blanchard creates music that allows his deep, soulfully rich voice to blend naturally with his compelling dramatic instinct. He movingly conveys poignant words and melodies of the Negro spiritual in a manner and style that offers great variety at any musical venue.
“Jonathan’s caliber of talent comes along rarely…once in every generation. Jonathan is one of the best pure talents that I have ever booked,” said Bill Cruthirds, coordinator of the Olive Branch Old Towne Festival.
“A singing Griot, weaving together sounds for meaning, guiding the audience through Classical, Sacred, and Jazz… stringing sounds together like poetry, reminding us that the first instrument is the human voice,” declared Conrad Peagues, music librarian at the University of Memphis.