FRANCES DROST’S ANNUAL PORTRAITS OF WHITE CONCERT HUGE SUCCESS (2015)
Packed-out Show Featured Industry Veterans, Ed Kee As Orchestra Conductor and Tom Hemby on Guitar, As Well As A Local High School Drum Line
Mechanicsburg, PA (January 8, 2016) – Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter, Frances Drost, performed her Second Annual Portraits of White Winter Concert at Messiah College’s Parmer Hall to a packed house. In addition to featuring top-notch musicians from the surrounding area, the event featured music industry veterans, Ed Kee as Orchestra Conductor and Tom Hemby on guitar. The show-stopper of the night was a surprise performance from the West Shore Drum Line on the song “Little Drummer Boy,” earning them a much-deserved standing ovation.
“I had two goals for this year’s concert: One, fill Parmer Hall and two, exceed the expectations of the audience. I knew it would be a large task to go from selling out a 400 seat venue to filling a 775 seat venue, but Parmer Hall was full and based on comments I received in person after the concert, via social media and through private messages, I believe people were truly amazed by the evening,” says Drost. “Thanks to the hard work of many people and lots of special elements, it was a night to remember. It was a team effort and I am very proud of what we pulled off in one night. Even the unplanned moments became part of the creativity and it was such a great crowd to perform in front of. It was an honor to be able to share music with so many people and be accompanied by such a professional group of musicians.”
The two-hour concert featured songs from Drost’s Portraits of White album released in 2013 as well as many other holiday and winter classics. She sang and performed on the piano, backed by six vocalists and a full orchestra made up of players from the local area, including Buzz Jones and some members of the Buzz Jones Big Band, as well as string players representing various local symphony orchestras. Dr. Mark Hartman, Orchestra Director at Shippensburg University served as the principal violinist. Veteran music industry producer & conductor and five-time Dove Award nominee, Ed Kee (Ralph Carmichael, Doyle Lawson), led the orchestra and the band featured GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist, Tom Hemby (Amy Grant, Jessica Simpson).
“The show this year was exceptionally good musically and I know it will be even better next year,” Kee explains. “For a relatively unknown artist to completely fill concert halls two years in a row is practically unheard of. Frances does everything first class. It’s a joy to work with her. We’re already planning next year’s concert!”
Nashville-based Live Music Producer, Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry), also traveled to Pennsylvania for the concert: “The show was absolutely first class. If every artist I worked with paid attention to the details like Frances did, their career would do nothing but grow.”
Drost continues, “working with Nashville Conductor, Ed Kee was a real joy and this event was definitely a joint effort. Ed brings years of music industry experience to the table and I have grown in every area as an artist thanks to working with him. I was also delighted to have Tom Jackson present for the evening. Tom and his assistants have been helping me develop as a performer and I feel like it paid off Saturday night and it was nice to have him there to see the fruit of his coaching.”
Based on the success of this year’s event, plans are already being made for the 2016 performance and tickets are already selling! The Third Annual Portraits of White Concert will be held December 10, 2016 at Christ Community Church in Camp Hill, PA (easy access from Route 15).
ABOUT FRANCES DROST
Frances Drost is a concert artist and inspirational speaker who began her own company, “Musical Creations,” as a way to encourage people on their journey through life. She skillfully combines music, teaching, and speaking to present a special, professionally designed program. As both a singer and songwriter, Drost has a unique way of presenting real-life experiences and meaningful messages that are subtly woven throughout her music. With seven albums to her credit, Drost has been working with Nashville-based label, Creative Soul Records, since 2007. In addition to preparing for the “Portraits of White” concert, Drost is in the process of writing for a new album slated to release in 2016. She also serves as Director of Worship for the Classic Service at The Meeting House Church in Carlisle, PA.
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