Southeastern's Columbia Theatre to present The Heart Behind the Music

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Lauren Duski
by: Tonya Lowentritt

THE HEART BEHIND THE MUSIC– Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “The Heart Behind the Music,” songwriter’s showcase on Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the downtown Hammond theatre. Lauren Duski of NBC’s “The Voice” will be part of the concert that also includes Teddy Gentry, John Berry, and Lenny LeBlanc. Tickets are available at 985-543-4371 or online at

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Teddy Gentry, a member of the country music group Alabama, Grammy Award Winner John Berry, “The Voice” finalist Lauren Duski, and Dove Award Winner Lenny LeBlanc in one night of hit songs and stories in “The Heart Behind the Music,” songwriter’s showcase.
     Scheduled Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place in the downtown Hammond theatre. Following the concert, fans can take part in a free meet and greet with the artists.
     Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood said the songwriter’s showcase brings to the stage some of the world’s best singers and songwriters who share the meaning and music behind their songs.
     “This concert provides an up close and personal insight into some of the greatest music ever written and performances by some of the music industry’s most talented musicians,” said Blackwood. “We are excited about bringing these award-winning musicians to the Columbia Theatre in this great, family-oriented production.”
     Gentry co-wrote 16 of Alabama’s 43 number one hits, including “Christmas in Dixie,” “Give Me One More Shot,” “How Do You Fall in Love,” “Why Lady Why,” and many others.
     Berry, a well-known country singer and songwriter, has had 19 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one single “Your Love Amazes Me.” He also received the Horizon Award and was nominated top male vocalist by the Country Music Association.
     Duski, a rising country singer and songwriter, started performing in public at the age of seven and has written songs since middle school. She found a place in the hearts of millions of viewers during her recent appearance as a finalist on NBC’s television show “The Voice.”
     Singer and songwriter LeBlanc has had number one hits for Michael W. Smith (“Above All”), Sawyer Brown (“Treat Her Right”), and the most current release from Willie Nelson (“Old Timer”). A powerful vocalist, LeBlanc was also a part of the duo LeBlanc and Carr, who had the top 10 hit “Falling.”
     Tickets for “The Heart Behind the Music” are $30 in the orchestra or balcony and $40 in the loge. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at, or by phone at 985-543-4371.
     A special student ticket price of $15 is available for all students of any school, while supplies last. Students must present their school IDs at the Columbia box office to receive the discounted price. Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-543-4366.

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