Lee Ann Womack to tour with Duke Ellington Orchestra

Lee Ann Womack to tour with Duke Ellington Orchestra


Award-winning country artist Lee Ann Womack will do a holiday tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra when they come to Rockford. They’ll be at the MetroCentre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, so get your tickets now.

This will be the first holiday tour for Womack, and she’s looking forward to it. “I know lots of people go out and do holiday tours with the local symphonies, which I know is an amazing thing to sing with as a vocalist from doing things like “A Capitol 4th’ and ‘The Concert for the Nobel Peace Prize,’” Womack says. “But since this is my very first holiday tour, I wanted to do something really special, something really different… something that was kind of making a dream come true. And what could be better than singing with one of the great bands out there?”

For Womack, a huge fan of big band music and the bygone era of glamorous female vocalists, this marks an opportunity to realize a fantasy equal to that of touring with childhood idol George Strait. “It’s going to be an amazing evening of music… we’ll have my band 9-1-1 out there, too, so we’ll start off with some of the hits that people expect to hear me sing, then we’ll bring out the Ellington Orchestra and do traditional holiday carols, which to me seems like the very best of both worlds.”

In addition to being the top winner at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards–as “I Hope You Dance” swept Single, Song and Vocal Event of the Year—Womack’s watched her hit song score a Grammy for Best Country Song and a pair of Country Music Association Awards for Single and Song.

As “Why They Call It Fallin’”, her latest country single, cracks the Top 20, “I Hope You Dance” returns to the top of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

“This song has been an amazing thing for me,” the Texas Monthly cover girl says with a smile. “When I heard it, I thought of my children… I never thought about where it might take me or the lives it might change. People are enough alike that all respond to things that truly touch our souls. And what that song says and means has made a lot of people reach out to each other.”

Tickets are available at the MetroCentre box office, all Centre Events ticket outlets or charge by phone at (815) 968-5222 and online at www.centreevents.com.

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