The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center presents Jonathan Butler’s “Oh Holy Night” Featuring Grace Kelly.
Born in South Africa, singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television, and Nelson Mandela credited Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. He helped break down racial barriers in South Africa and his first song won the South African equivalent to a Grammy. Since then, Butler’s passionate performances have inspired audiences worldwide and he has earned several Grammy nominations and confirmed is place in popular music.
Joining Butler on stage is saxophonist, singer and songwriter Grace Kelly. Recording her first album at 12, the now 30 year old has released 13 acclaimed albums, is a seven time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll, and a five-time winner of the ASCAP Composers Award. She also has been featured in Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Glamour Magazine, NPR and CNN. In 2009 Kelly performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of President Obama’s inauguration celebration at the request of the ensemble’s director Wynton Marsalis. And, Jon Batiste brought Grace on as part of the house band on CBS TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Don’t miss Jonathan Butler and Grace Kelly as they perform their popular jazz tunes and well known holiday classics.