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Michael McLean to premier new album at the Women's Forum in Kanab
Thanks to the efforts and diligence of Branch Manger Joe Houston, Zions Bank will be sponsoring the 2013 Women’s Forum Keynote, the award-winning Michael McLean.
At this year’s forum, he brings the premier of his newest work of musical art, Threads, a musical celebration of women. Be one of the first to hear it!
For 25 years, McLean has been changing lives with his tender songs and candid messages. He has shared the “hard stories” – those from his own life and those of others – and has sung us all the way to light at the end of the tunnel. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that for every person, twist or turn along life’s path, Michael McLean has the perfect song.
McLean released his debut album, You’re Not Alone, in 1983 and with every song that followed, his lyrics filled voids, encouraged love and offered hope. More than 25 albums later, his musical legacy has not only resonated in the hearts of thousands, but continues to be a standard for those seeking meaning and peace.
With a background in film, McLean began early in his career making commercials for radio and television, receiving numerous national and international awards for advertising. Such awards included the prestigious Clio Award, National Addy Award, New York Ad Club’s Andy Award, two National Emmy Finalists Awards, and the Bronze Lion at the Cannes Film Festival. He later used his film experience to produce and direct several films including, Together Forever, The Prodigal Son, and Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, starring film legend Jimmy Stewart.
Ever the engaging performer and master storyteller, McLean has shared his beloved Christmas musical, The Forgotten Carols, with more than a half-million people across the country since 2001. With humor and heart, “The Carols” has become a beloved tradition for thousands of families who mark the beginning of their holiday season with this magical musical.
Celebrating the Light, another of McLean’s musicals, ran for five seasons at the Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City and The Garden, an allegorical oratorio written with Merrill Jenson and Bryce Neubert, opened in Jerusalem and has been performed across the country, as well as in France, South America and Russia. His popular sea-faring musical, The Ark, enjoyed a New York City debut in 2005.
In addition to his music and films, McLean has also authored four books with accompanying CDs – Distant Serenade, Hold on the Light Will Come: And Other Lessons My Songs Have Taught Me, The Forgotten Carols, and most recently, From God’s Arms to My Arms to Yours.
McLean and his wife Lynne have three children and live in California.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss this opportunity on Saturday, March 16, 2013, as part of the Women’s Forum in Kanab. Watch for upcoming ticket giveaways on our Facebook page, Kanab Women’s Forum, and our website, www.womensforum.kanab.net. To read more about Michael McLean, visit his website at www.michaelmcleanmusic.com.