Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, 10/25

Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, 10/25

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano, and Clayton G. Williams, baritone, will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Denver audiences.

The duo will present Souls of the Soil, a program that has been enjoyed by audiences throughout the United States and Europe this autumn in Denver. The concert will include opera arias, art songs, African American spirituals, jazz, and musical theatre selections accompanied by pianists, Mila Startsev and Andrew Sharp.

"Souls of the Soil made its debut in Denver earlier this year and it was thrilling and well received," Clayton G. Williams commented. "I am excited to be invited back to such a wonderful city to perform amazing classic opera arias and the gems of American music, spirituals and musical theatre. "

King Baptist Church will host the first of two Colorado performances on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00pm at 3370 Ivy Street, Denver, Colorado 80207. E.J. Hairston, president of Dynamic Images by the Hairston Group will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies during the concert. Tickets are available for $35, and discounted tickets are available for students aged 13-18 for $15, which includes as artists meet and greet reception following the performance. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 303-388-3248.

Grand by Design Inc. will host the final Denver performance of Souls of the Soil at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6:00pm at 1500 Dayton, Denver, CO 80247. Jeannie Davis, a member of the Grand Design Inc. board of directors will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies during the concert. Grand Design Inc. is dedicated to preserving primarily performing arts of African Americans, yet inclusive of other cultural performing arts; to provide entertainment and raise awareness of the public and an appreciation by the public through performances, concerts, presentations, visual arts exhibits and cultural awareness training for the benefit of the residents of Aurora and the metropolitan area.

The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Boettcher Boys and Girls Club of Aurora. Tickets will be available starting on Monday, September 15 for $50 VIP, $25 General Admission and discounted tickets available for students ages 13 to 18 for $15 at or by calling 303-752-0546.

Erica Papillion-Posey, a long-time Colorado resident explains, "I always welcome the opportunity to sing in my community, a community that has embraced me, first, from a personal space. They know me not just as an artist, but also in spirit. So sharing my talent, my voice, this music, at home, is always a gratifying experience."

About Souls of the Soil - Souls of the Soil: An American Recital Series is a collaboration featuring professional classical/opera singers: Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano of Denver, Colorado and Clayton G. Williams, baritone of Manhattan, New York. After meeting, in 2011, during an opera festival in Siena, Italy these two artists have forged a wonderful, lasting friendship but share a love and devotion to the classical arts, which has propelled them into this endearing project- Souls of the Soil.

With rich, diverse backgrounds and cultures to pull from, Souls of the Soil is a musical concert offering two moving, powerful programs of arias from celebrated operas, sacred and secular art songs, beloved African American spirituals, memorable musical theatre selections and heart-warming jazz standards.

With previous and current schedules spanning the United States to Europe and beyond, Souls of the Soil has performed in some of the most breathtaking concert halls, opera houses, cathedrals, churches and private recital salons.

A complete list of future engagements featuring Souls of the Soil follows:

September 7

Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Comprehensive Service Network "Souls of the Soil"

September 27

Denver, Colorado

King at the Opera presents "Souls of the Soil"

October 25

Denver, Colorado

Grand by Design at the Opera presents "Souls of the Soil"

December 12

Lake Charles, Louisiana

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church presents "Souls of the Soil"


Erica Papillion-Posey - In 2013, mezzo-soprano Erica Papillion-Posey made her professional North American debut in what has become her signature role of Carmen, where she, ".... captured Carmen's slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble... She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive "Habanera" in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched. She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the "Seguidilla", and was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen's sultriness comes through..." [South Florida Classical Review]. After being hailed as, "... the best Carmen this city has seen in decades" [El Nuovo Herald] the Miami Lyric Opera has engaged Ms. Papillion-Posey for another performance of Carmen in November 2014.