A Holiday Tradition! THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS Returns To The McCallum Theatre

A Holiday Tradition! THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS Returns To The McCallum Theatre

A holiday tradition at McCallum Theatre, Colors of Christmas returns on Friday, December 7, at 8:00pm with a new line-up of stars for a sparkling evening of holiday music and classics backed up by a 12-piece band and a spectacular choir. This year's Colors of Christmas stars Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada and Deniece Williams.

Peabo Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts. Born in South Carolina, Peabo began singing at age 14. In 1976, he released his debut album Peabo. He followed with such albums as Reaching for the Sky, Crosswinds and Born to Love which included the hit "Tonight I Celebrate My Love." All My Love (1989) earned Peabo his first R&B #1 single with "Show & Tell." Live in Concert: Ladies' Request (2005) was followed by The Very Best of Peabo Bryson (2006). Missing You (2007) was the twentieth album of his career, and Stand for Love (2018) is his most recent release. It was songs for Disney animated films that earned Peabo his two Grammys. The first was for the #1 hit with the theme from Beauty and the Beast with Celine Dion, and the second for "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. Both "Beauty and the Beast" and "A Whole New World" won Oscars for "Best Song." He also released three Christmas CDs, filled with music from his annual touring holiday music extravaganza "The Colors of Christmas." As an actor, Peabo played the lead for the touring production of Raisin (based on Raisin in the Sun) and The Wizard in a touring company of The Wiz.

Taylor Dayne has enjoyed Top 10 hits over three decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums. With her first two albums, Tell It to My Heart (1988) and Can't Fight Fate (1989), Taylor had three #1 singles: "Tell It to My Heart," "Love Will Lead You Back" and "Prove Your Love to Me." As an actress, Taylor appeared in the movie Love Affair, starred in Elton John's Broadway production of Aida, and played Grizzabella in the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival's production of CATS. After taking a break to raise her children, Taylor returned with her 2008 release Satisfied. The album's single "Beautiful" reached #1 on the dance charts and she had a Top 10 hit with "Floor on Fire." Taylor is also a talented songwriter having co-penned Tina Turner's "Whatever You Want." Taylor contributed songs to the Sex and the City 2 movie. In 2012, Taylor was inducted into the Long Island Musicians Hall of Fame, alongside other Long Island luminaries, including Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, and Lou Reed.

Grammy winner Jon Secada was born in Cuba and raised in Florida. In the late 1980s, Gloria Estefan invited him to join her group. He also started composing music, including Gloria's #1 hit "Coming Out of the Dark." Jon has won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 20 million albums. His debut album Jon Secada (1992) was certified triple Platinum and produced the Gold single "Just Another Day." Jon's second album, Heart Soul and Voice, went Platinum, and his third album, Amor, earned a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance. Jon co-wrote "Bella" for Ricky Martin's 1999 multi-Platinum self-titled album. He co-wrote and co-produced "Baila" for Jennifer Lopez's 1991 album On the Six. He worked with Mandy Moore on "One Sided" and "It Only Took a Minute" from her self-titled multi-Platinum album. Jon's dream of the theatrical stage was realized when he starred in Broadway's hit musical Grease as Danny Zuko. He played the Emcee in Sam Mendes' version of Cabaret and also starred as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Deniece Williams began her musical journey singing in the church choir in Gary, Indiana. She attended Morgan State University in Baltimore to study nursing but turned her talents to singing. "Niecey" exploded on the pop scene touring with Stevie Wonder, but it was her 1978 duet with Johnny Mathis, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," and the 1984 monster #1 hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy" that caught the nation's heart. Her four-octave range and her distinctive voice won fans around the world. Following a successful time of recording and touring, Deniece entered a new stage of her career when she took the helm as host of the BBC talk and music show "Gospel Train" which was renamed "The Deniece Williams Show." Deniece's career has been recognized with 4 Grammy Awards and 13 Grammy nominations for her R&B and Gospel recordings. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "Let's Hear It for the Boy" in the movie Footloose. The song was certified Platinum in the U.S., Gold in Canada and Silver in the U.K.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $108, $88, $68 and $58. Tickets are available at the Theatre's website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787.

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