Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky Bring LIV ON to Smothers Theatre

Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky Bring LIV ON to Smothers Theatre

International superstar and multiple Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman, and SOCAN Award winner Amy Sky come to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced starting at $40 and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/. More information about the Liv On collaboration available at https://www.livonmusic.com/.

Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky have an amazing gift for storytelling. Together, they share their individual and collaborative journey in a magical event where they perform eleven newly recorded songs from their new album, LIV ON. In this one-of-a-kind performance, the audience will walk the path of joy, laughter, and inspiration, finding amazement at the kinship generated by the experience. In addition to performing songs from this new album, Olivia, Beth, and Amy will perform together on some of each other's best-known hits, adding icing on the cake to an already spectacular performance.

This inspiring new project grew out of the three artists' personal experiences with loss and illness, which they all survived to LIV ON and celebrate each day with a depth of gratitude. This labor of love stemmed from the trio sharing their stories together and expressing their deepest feelings from the most difficult to the most celebratory. It's the hope that this music can uplift hearts burdened by grief while at the same time bring comfort to the listener.

"As a group, it's our intention to create songs with a message of compassion and hope," said Newton-John. "They are for anyone facing a time of challenge in their life, whether it is grieving a loss-or on the journey to health and recovery."

Loss and grief occur for many reasons-whether it's losing a loved one, a relationship, one's health, a pet, or a job, to name just a few. It's important to remember that each person's grief is as individual as his or her DNA-and there truly is no timeline for healing from loss.

With the fast-paced society we live in, we are often forced to "get over things." However, for every individual, grief has its own clock. Olivia, Beth, and Amy called upon their personal experiences in creating this collection of songs which will aid, uplift and comfort those working their way through the maze of grief and loss. While taking into consideration the many causes of grief, they hope to provide the unique ability for those in need of support to heal through this music.

Olivia Newton-John's appeal seems to be timeless. She sold out her acclaimed "Summer Nights" concert residency at Flamingo Las Vegas through December 2016, with a portion of every ticket sold going to benefit the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWRC. Still extremely busy in the recording studio, Olivia recently released two projects back to back and has starred in many television projects, including appearing as herself in two episodes of the hit series Glee, adding another Top 100 hit to her credits with a new version of "Physical" sung with Jane Lynch. In October 2010 Olivia starred in the breast cancer docudrama 1 A Minute and the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical. Her 2012 film, A Few Best Men, garnered her some of the best reviews of her film career. Olivia released her second book, LivWise: Easy Recipes For A Healthy, Happy Life in Australia in 2011. In LivWise, Olivia explains her belief in the importance of eating a healthy diet in order to maintain wellness and balance. In 2012, Olivia was bestowed the honor of being named one of Australia's "National Living Treasures" by the National Trust of Australia. This was followed by another honor in 2013 when Olivia was bestowed her owns stamp as part of the "Australia Post Legends" stamp series.

Toronto-born Amy Sky is an award-winning singer- songwriter with twelve solo CDs to her credit. Well-known for using real-life experiences in her songwriting, Sky's music has created a lasting and indelible impact on fans. Her ten solo CDs have spawned a string of chart-topping hits. A prolific and multi-talented artist, Amy has for written herself and for dozens of other international recording stars such as Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, and Heart.

Winner of three SOCAN awards and an American Songwriting Award, Amy has also been nominated for three Juno Awards (Best New Artist and twice for Best Songwriter). She has also been nominated for East Coast, West Coast and Canadian Independent Music Awards. In addition to her music awards, she has also been recognized for her work as a mental health advocate. In 2006, she was awarded the CAMH Courage to Come Back award and in 2009 she was honored with the Mood Disorders Association Hero/Inspiration Award for her commitment to helping remove the stigma from mental health issues.

From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy-nominaTed Nashville-based hit songwriter and recording artist Beth Nielsen Chapman has had an amazing journey. Beth is a breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops, and self-described "creativity whisperer". The newest member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Beth has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo', Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette LaVette, and many more. Her music has been heard on ER, Dawson's Creek, Providence, Felicity, and in movie soundtracks, including The Prince of Egypt, Message In A Bottle, The Rookie, Where The Heart Is, and Practical Magic. Mega-hit "This Kiss," sung by Faith Hill, was ASCAP'S 1999 Song Of The Year, garnered a Grammy nomination and Chapman was Nashville NAMMY'S 1999 Songwriter of the Year. Among Beth's own recordings, the groundbreaking "Sand & Water," released following the death of her husband from cancer in 1994, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of "Candle In The Wind" to honor the memory of Princess Diana.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from over 800 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine's breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the "black box" Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University.


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