MI2N
Music Industry News Network
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Music Events (more headlines) 01-21-2014

Berklee Student To Perform With Carole King At MusiCares® Person Of The Year Ceremony In King’s Honor

Bookmark and Share
Email: mediarelations@berklee.edu
When multi-GRAMMY® winner Carole King takes the stage at the MusiCares® Person of the Year ceremony in her honor, she will be accompanied on one song by Berklee College of Music student Ahmad El Haggar from Egypt. They will perform a Middle Eastern-style version of the music legend’s song “Home Again.” The new arrangement was written in collaboration with 25 year-old El Haggar specifically for the event.

The MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony – Friday, January 24, 2014, in Los Angeles – is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Multi-GRAMMY-winning artists including Jakob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, James Taylor, Steven Tyler, will.i.am, and Gloria Estefan will perform in King’s honor at the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

El Haggar is a vocalist and oud player from Cairo, Egypt, who met King last spring when she received an honorary doctorate at Berklee. He was assigned to be her chaperone and they immediately connected. When King learned that El Haggar is Egyptian, she shared with him her interest in Arabic music and said she wished someone would create an exchange in which Middle Eastern and American bands perform together in each other’s countries.

King was inspired by the MusiCares honor to invite El Haggar to write and perform the new arrangement with her at the event. She reached out to him through Berklee’s President Roger Brown. Said Brown, “Carole wrote me to appeal for more scholarship support for Ahmad when the trouble in Egypt caused his family to suffer difficulties that threatened his ability to stay at Berklee.”

“I saw the MusiCares event as a perfect opportunity to introduce both Ahmad and the idea of multicultural musical collaboration to the music industry and the world,” King said.

Once the performance was confirmed, King came to Berklee to rehearse with El Haggar. While he was nervous, she put him at ease. “The most amazing thing is how she gave so much energy and effort. She was really passionate about the idea and the collaboration and always spoke so positively,” said El Haggar.

El Haggar’s goal is to improve opportunities for Middle Eastern music to reach a wider audience. “I'm really hoping that Arabic music would be presented better to the world and that it could have a space in mainstream music. Few crossover artists from the Arab world have really made an impact in the Western world. I'm hoping that there can be a basic understanding of the music.”

“Music has the power to reach people across political and cultural differences,” King added. “I’m hoping that someone with organizational talent will be inspired to create an ongoing musical bridge to connect cultures around the world through a series of collaborative concerts.”

This isn’t the first time El Haggar has put his stamp on a pop favorite. His Egyptian rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” has over 100,000 views on YouTube. Before coming to Berklee, he attended the Higher Institute of Arabic Music, where his education focused on traditional Middle Eastern and Western music.

King is being honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as her significant charitable work, which has included an impressive range of philanthropic activities over the years. In addition to her continuously evolving musical career, King is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of forest wilderness preservation as well as a range of political causes.

Berklee College of Music alumni are nominated for 36 Grammy Awards this year.

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

Show Your Red&Green And Support China's Second Hand Rose #UselessRockUSA Tour

EVENTIDE UltraReverb PLUG-IN NOW AVAILABLE

825 RECORDS INC., BUILDS AND OPENS NEW FACILITY

China Rock Band Second Hand Rose To Perform NYC's Webster Hall As Part Of Their Debut #UselessRockUSA Tour

Momentous Game Of Thrones Music And Video Released To Introduce Musicnotes And Jarrod Radnich Partnership

GINGIO Is Set To Assist The Music Industry With Exceptional Services

Plunky & Oneness Release "Never Too Late (Go-Go Remixes)" Maxi-Single

Provocative Beijing Rockers Second Hand Rose To Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» Broadcast Music, Inc. Reports Record-Breaking Revenues Of $977 Million
» EVENTIDE UltraReverb PLUG-IN NOW AVAILABLE
» Future Youth Records Mission Girls At Studio Trilogy
» Curtis Don Vito Involved With New Doc About Hard Rock And Metal
» Sonic Stream Launches A Brand New Online Music Radio Station
» Republic Records Welcomes Rick Krim As Executive Vice President, Artist Development
» Beatport Unveils New & Improved Music Store: Beatport Pro (Beta)
» China's Modern Sky Entertainment Holds Its First US Music Festival: Central Park, October 4–5
» Paper + Plastick Records And Red Hot Rebellion Release Digital Comic And Song
» Bradford Loomis And Beth Whitney Are 2014 NewSong Contest Regional Finalists


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» Show Your Red&Green And Support China's Second Hand Rose #UselessRockUSA Tour
» Provocative Beijing Rockers Second Hand Rose To Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston
» BROBST Electro-Rock Leads MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart
» Second Hand Rose To Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston
» Love And Peace 2014 Outdoor Camping Music Festival
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart (Vol. 1, No. 4)
» The Courtesans Drives MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart
» FM Pilots Skyrockets To Top Of MusicDish*China Indie Song Chart
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart 07/19-07/25/2014
» Zebra Music Festival (Shanghai) Ticket Giveaway Winners
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart 07/12-07/18/2014
» Temple Bar 3 Year Anniversary

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2014 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.