Grammy Award-winning songwriter and NBC’s “The Voice” Top 3 finalist from season five, Will Champlin will perform at The University of Findlay’s homecoming concert on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex with opening band Joe Neary & The Middle Ground. The homecoming court will be introduced after the opening performance.
Champlin, an accomplished singer-songwriter and versatile piano player, has toured extensively with legendary artists, such as Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Santana and Billy Ray Cyrus. He won Best R&B/Soul at the Hollywood Music Awards for a song from his self-titled debut “Now That We’re Falling” (2008), played piano on Michael Jackson’s last record, and has written with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Andreas Carlsson, Brett James, Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts) and many more. His songwriting work on Heather Headley’s 2010 “Audience of One” track netted his Grammy win in the Best Pop/R&B/Gospel album category.
Bolstered by an incredible fan base called “The Champs” that rallied behind him during his time on “The Voice,” Champlin recently released his new album “Borrowing Trouble.”
Joe Neary & The Middle Ground emerged on the Milwaukee music scene in late 2012 and has quickly gained the reputation of putting on high quality live shows. Their first album, “From Love, to Loss, to Living,” was released June 2013, and was nominated for a 2013 Radio Milwaukee Music Award.
The band’s varied influences of pop, blues and alternative have likened them to Coldplay, Maroon 5 and One Republic.
After the concert, both bands will be available for a meet-and-greet in the atrium just outside of the concert venue.
Tickets are $10, and are on sale to the general public at UF’s Box Office in the Alumni Memorial Union or by calling 419-434-4458. UF students, faculty and staff can pick up one free ticket starting August 18 with a valid UF I.D., or purchase additional tickets for $10 each.