Clay Walker and Anna Vaus To Play Poway

Clay Walker and Anna Vaus To Play Poway

WHAT: Clay Walker with Special Guest Anna Vaus
WHEN: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Poway OnStage at Espola & Titan Way, 7 minutes off I-15
WHY: To experience Clay Walker's electrifying live country music in the smallest, most intimate venue he will play on his 2018 tour. And to discover why Miranda Lambert singled out Poway native Anna Vaus in 2016 as the first recipient of her Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund, which recognizes outstanding female singers and songwriters.
HOW: By calling 858.748.0505 or visiting

Country Music Super Star Clay Walker Lets Loose His Platinum-Winning Vocals with Special Guest Anna Vaus.

The Season's Opener Will Pack Country Talent to the Rafters When Two Song-Writing Crooners, Including Chart-Topping Walker, Join Forces at Poway OnStage for One Incredible Evening Every Country Music Lover Will Relish.

Clay Walker's journey from 16-year-old night desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel to multi-platinum country music artist is the stuff of country western song. No surprise then that his first two singles reached number one upon their release in the 1990s, establishing him out of the gate as a commercial success. Walker's powerful vocals and chart-topping songs will be showcased at Poway OnStage at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018. He'll be joined by Poway native and up-and-comer Anna Vaus who has opened for Lee Ann Womack and Hunter Hayes and regularly performs at a host of Nashville venues.

"What's It to You" became a number one hit upon its release in August of 1993. "Live Until I Die" followed that same trajectory later that year. Both singles were featured on his debut album, Clay Walker, which was released in the fall of 1993. Unlike many of his fellow country music contemporaries of that era, Walker sustained that success over a few short years. He racked up five number one singles in the first three years of his career. His other number one tunes are "Dreaming With My Eyes Open (1994)," "If I Could Make a Living (1994)," "This Woman and This Man (1994)," and "Rumor Has It (1997)." More recent hits include "She Won't Be Lonely Long" and "The Chain of Love."

The native Texan was born August 19, 1969, on a farm in Beaumont, Texas, the hometown of George Jones. He fell in love with country music at an early age, when his father presented him with a guitar at the age of nine. Walker says he knew early that he wanted to be a country recording artist. After high school graduation, Walker pursued a musical career full-time, playing concerts across the South, Midwest and Canada. For over three years he toured and went to school, taking courses about the music business. Eventually Walker became the house singer at the Neon Armadillo Bar in Beaumont. During a performance, producer James Stroud heard Walker and offered to work with the singer. Stroud helped Walker secure a contract with Giant Records, and the vocalist's debut album soon followed.

Inspiration also came to Walker through a local disc jockey. While only 16 years old and working nights, Walker dropped off a tape of a song he'd written to a nearby radio station. The DJ told him it was against corporate policy to play such tapes on the air. "I was heartbroken," Walker recalled. "But when I left the studio and got in my car - and I remember it was about 6:30 a.m. - as I was driving away from the radio station and he said, 'Folks, I'm not supposed to do this, but this song is just too good to pass up. This song was written by a hometown boy, his name is Clay Walker!' He spun it and I could not believe it. It was one of the highlights of my whole career. Even to this day, when I think about the one moment in time, it said to me: 'This is what you're going to be!' That defined it. I knew with no question, that was it."

To date, Clay Walker has scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums (discs that sold over 500,000 units).

Anna Vaus was chosen by Miranda Lambert in 2016 as the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund which awards a female singer/songwriter a $40,000 scholarship to attend Belmont University in Nashville. Later that year, Vaus was featured in Belmont's Best of the Best Showcase. In 2017 Vaus signed a publishing deal with Black River Entertainment. She has opened for multiple major country artists and lives by the mantra that "No matter where she plays or with whom, it's always all about the song."

This show is made possible through the generous support of Leah McBride at Skyline Home Loans.

At $55-$85, tickets for Clay Walker with Special Guest Anna Vaus are on sale now and the box office at 858-748-0505. The 800-seat Poway Center for the Performing Arts is located at 15498 Espola Rd. at the corner of Titan Way in Poway. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and two hours before curtain. Due to its generous sponsorship, GEICO Youth Tickets (for age 12 and under) are half off regular pricing. Discounts are available for seniors (65+), active duty military, and students (12-22). Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 858-748-0505.

Poway OnStage, (a dba of The Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation), is a 28-year-old non-profit organization that offers professional performing arts events, including concerts, dance performances, theater productions, and a children's theatre series. The Foundation operates through a special partnership with the City of Poway and the Poway Unified School District.

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