BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 16TH 2007 (CUOPM)
Grammy Award Winning artist Michael Bolton will be among the top acts performing at the 11th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival taking place from June 21st to 24th 2007.
Bolton, an accomplished singer and songwriter, have won multiple Grammy Awards for Best Male Vocalist, received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and sold more than 53 million records.
During his distinguished career, he has sung with Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles, written songs with Bob Dylan, penned hits for Barbra Streisand and KISS, and played guitar with B.B. King.
As a songwriter, Mr. Bolton has earned multiple honors including BMI’s Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Million-Air awards, ASCAP’s Writer and Publisher Awards and a Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.“We’re thrilled to welcome Michael Bolton to the St. Kitts Music Festival for the first time,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” O. Skerritt.
“The Festival is a wonderful annual event that creates the warm, welcoming feeling of a shared community through music and that positively impacts the tourism sector of our economy and draws visitors from across the globe. We hope that, during his time here, Mr. Bolton will discover the combination of recreational and cultural elements that make St. Kitts special and be tempted to return to our island again and again,” said Minister Skerritt.
With his latest album, Bolton Swings Sinatra (PASSION MUSIC CO./Concord Music Group), the singer takes on classics like “New York, New York,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “That’s Life,” in addition to bringing in special guest vocalist Nicolette Sheridan for a duet on “The Second Time Around.”
Mr. Bolton was the only white artist asked to perform at Motown’s 35th Anniversary gala. He has also accomplished significant charity work through the Michael Bolton Charities organization, which he founded in 1993.
Additional musical acts will be added and announced in the coming weeks. Now in its 11th consecutive year, the festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.
Past artists have included such top acts as Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Boyz II Men, Wyclef Jean, Brian McKnight, Ashanti, Shaggy, Eve, Bobby Caldwell, DMX, Hugh Masekala, Xtatik, the Temptations, Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson and Busta Rhymes.