2020 Christmas Concerts

2020 Christmas Concerts: Tuesdays in December

Scarritt Bennett Center’s beloved Christmas Concerts are going virtual!

Join Scarritt Bennett Center as we celebrate the Christmas season with concerts by some of Nashville’s finest award-winning artists.

This year, Scarritt Bennett Center’s beloved annual Christmas Concerts in Wightman Chapel will premiere online for free on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, bringing the holiday cheer right to your home.

So put on your favorite Christmas pajamas, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and get ready for a stunning evening of music streamed right to your living room.

Christmas at home just got a whole lot brighter.

Meet the Artists

Piper Jones and Wil Merrell

Piper Jones and Wil Merrell

with Bryan Harrison on piano

Tuesday, December 1

Piper Jones is an artist whose message encourages through her formidable and unmatched voice to inspire Christian believers. Jones first discovered her voice when she started singing in her church choir at the age of 4. Throughout her life, Jones has “discovered her voice” in more ways than one as she pursues the will God has for her life. Jones was a contestant on the 14th season of ‘American Idol’ and works as a teacher, session vocalist, and worship leader in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

Credits include: Emmie Thibodeaux, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Street Theatre Co.); Ensemble, BIG RIVER (Studio Tenn); Herself, THE RAY LEGACY (Studio Tenn); Ursula, THE LITTLE MERMAID (Nashville Children’s Theatre).

With more than 20 years in the music industry, singer/songwriter, Terrell Hunt, is no novice. The Stellar Award-nominated recording artist has worked with some of the greatest in the industry and has lent his “gospel-meets-soul” vocal stylings to musical works all over the globe. Hunt’s roots in gospel, jazz and classical music create a platform for him to deliver a unique collaboration of coal composition—one that strikes a resounding chord with his audiences. As a consultant for new musicians and church music departments alike, Hunt offers leadership training and coaching complete with strategic planning and road-mapping for growth and development in both music industry and music ministry forefronts.

Hunt’s new stage name is Wil Merrell, Americana/Soul Artist and can be contacted via @wilmerrellnow (IG) and www.wilmerrell.com.

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Karen Renee Robb, vocalist and drum

Karen Renée Robb

Tuesday, December 8

Karen Renée Robb is a vocal and visual artist with more than 30 years of vocal performance experience. Karen Renée’s passion for live sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm, and creative expression through the use of the frame drum.

A midwife for the soul’s expression, Karen Renée brings her whole self into the experiences she facilitates. Helping to awaken and support others in meaningful, memorable ways, Karen Renée makes the Healing Arts accessible and a vital part of personal growth and spiritual development. Karen Renée is also a Sound & Reiki Clinician, Reiki Master Teacher, Circle Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker and Universal Life Minister.

Learn more about Karen Renée and the experiences she offers at www.FrameDrumWisdom.com and www.ReSoundingWholeness.com.

Links to Watch

Connye Florance and Kevin Madill

Connye Florance and Kevin Madill

Tuesday, December 15

Connye Florance is an award-winning vocalist and actress whose accolades and career credits include honors such as Jazz Discovery’s “Jazz Vocalist Of The Year “; Nashville Grammy Nomination for Album of The Year (“Turn My Heart”); and live performances at venues across the country. Florance has toured with Columbia Artists and American Negro Playwright Theater, hosted an educational series for PBS, released two studio albums and two live releases, and been featured on a variety of music festival and jazz club stages.

Florance is a teaching artist for TPAC Education, a vocal coach, and songwriter. Florance worked as a vocal performance instructor for Nashville Jazz Workshop, where she also served as Vocal Jazz Camp Director Advisory Board member and Executive Board President. Florance enjoys her role as volunteer reader for Scarritt Bennett Center’s weekly Vespers & All That Jazz service and is honored to have provided special music for several events at Scarritt Bennett Center over the last decade.

Originally from Indiana, Kevin Madill has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1981. Madill has played on and/or arranged for more than 3,000 recordings and more than 2,000 live shows for countless artists, including Tony Bennett, Leon Russell, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Hornsby, and others.

Madill serves as Director of Music Ministries at Howard Congregational Church in Nashville, and for the past 10 years has been a member of the jazz trio for Scarritt Bennett Center’s weekly Vespers & All That Jazz service.

Links to Watch

Michael Vaughn

Tuesday, December 22

A native of Tennessee, Michael Vaughn has spent his life in a worldwide study of sacred music, spiritual formation, and new expressions of authentic worship. Following a decade of academic studies in England, Vaughn returned to the United States to serve in various posts spanning the spectrum—from social justice officer and anti-racism trainer, to Canon for Liturgy and Music—all while maintaining a schedule for recitals and concerts and recording sacred and classical music.

Regardless of multiple titles running the gamut, Vaughn’s favorites are still “servant,” “father,” “husband,” and—most recently—”granddad.” Michael and his family make their home here in Nashville, Tennessee.

Links to Watch