World Vision Canada

World Vision Canada

January 23, 2007 11:15 ET

Blind Boys of Alabama Announce Canadian Dates for Winter Tour and Partnership with World Vision

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 23, 2007) -

ATTENTION ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC EDITORS

The Blind Boys of Alabama, winners of an impressive four Grammy Awards in the past five years, are partnering with World Vision during the Canadian leg of their winter 2007 tour that includes seven Ontario dates, including a concert at Toronto's Massey Hall.

"It's our hope that some of our fans will be inspired to help kids get the care and fair shake at life they deserve," says Blind Boys vocalist Jimmy Carter.

World Vision has worked for more than 50 years to help children and their communities reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. Today, HIV is threatening many of the achievements. In response, World Vision has made HIV and AIDS prevention, care and advocacy a top priority in the countries where it works.

"We're thrilled that the Blind Boys of Alabama have partnered with us," says Mike Bowman, manager of World Vision's Artist Associates program. "Concertgoers will enjoy an unforgettable performance and have the opportunity to help children and their families in developing countries by sponsoring a child through World Vision at the event."

The Blind Boys have been keeping the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music alive since 1939, when the group formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. The group performed on last year's Grammy telecast and was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame. They have been featured with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in The Fighting Temptations movie, and recorded with Ben Harper, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Randy Travis, Jars of Clay, and Susan Tedeschi.

Mojo and Rolling Stone magazines have called Atom Bomb (Real World Records) the Blind Boys' "best" and "most adventurous" album yet respectively. Parade magazine said, "The Blind Boys of Alabama have never been hipper..." and The New Yorker raves, "...soul-stirring...gut wrenching." Entertainment Weekly gives Atom Bomb an "A" and remarks, "Atom Bomb comprises the sort of rousingly God-centric songs that even heathens can bow down to..."

The Blind Boys will head to Canada to kick off their tour and will also perform in the U.S. during the next few months. They will perform selections from their latest release, Atom Bomb as well as uplifting gospel favorites on their Winter/Spring tour.



Upcoming Canadian dates:

January
23 Brampton, Ont. Brampton Performing Arts Centre
24 St. Catharines, Ont. Centre For The Arts
26 Markham, Ont. Markham Theatre For The Performing Arts
27 Oakville, Ont. Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts

April
10 Belleville, Ont. The Empire Theatre
12 Ottawa, Ont. Dominion Chalmers Church
14 Toronto, Ont. Massey Hall


World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information, please visit WorldVision.ca.



For more information on The Blind Boys of Alabama or to arrange a pre-show
interview, please contact:

Sue Schrader
Blind Ambition Management
262-377-4180
Email: sue@blindambitionmgt.com


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