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Brian Vander Ark (Lead Singer of The Verve Pipe)
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Brian Vander Ark at Bay City State Theater on October 8, 2011

September 25, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum,
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2011 State Theatre Concert Series presents: Brian Vander Ark with special guests Channing and Quinn, Sponsored by Dow Corning, Tri Star Trust Bank, and Team One Credit Union Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM

$ 15.00 Adults $ 10.00 (18 & Under)

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Brian Vander Ark (lead singer of Verve Pipe) returns to the Bay City' State Theater but this time, for a solo act.

Vander Ark said, "I always look forward to coming to the State Theater in Bay City. It is one of the best places in Michigan, there is nothing better in the state."

Massive success and its aftermath have sent many artists into oblivion, forever trying to recapture the moment when the world first bowed at their feet.

That moment came for Brian Vander Ark when, as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe, he sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and produced a string of hit singles, including the #1 song 'The Freshmen.'

More than just the frontman, Vander Ark was its literal and figurative voice, providing the creative spark and writing songs that gave the band its devoted following. Although the songs were cast in the style of the era, they remain singular and special. His gift is one of tremendous storytelling clarity expressed through melodies and rhythms that are unique, riveting, intensely personal and entirely gripping.

Rather than blindly attempt to reclaim a throne that was fleeting at best, the Michigan native struck out on his own, sold all his possessions, hit the road and released his acclaimed debut solo CD, Resurrection, in 2005. This inspired collection of original songs recalls an era when artists were not afraid to express their hearts direction and soul's design. Vander Ark continues that commitment with the release of his latest solo CD, Angel, Put Your Face On. Both earnest and reflective, this music once again takes an intimate look at life while exploring themes of family, love and loss.

His journey has resulted in a lyrical, engrossing collection of songs wrought from an experience that many have dreamed of but few have faced. On the way, Brian rediscovered his love for performing and now revels in a freedom that few can claim as he travels the road playing his songs and connecting with audiences.


'This is the story of Channing and Quinn....

It will be short because it's just begun, and they are anxiously waiting to see what happens next.

It begins in the small town of Boone, perched precariously amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Channing, scribbling lyrics and humming odd little melodies to herself, and Quinn, hungrily learning to speak through any instrument he could find.

Inevitably, the two collided and as their music met, it sprang to life like it had just been waiting for it's missing counterpart. Channing and Quinn tested the waters in small venues first in Boone, and then Charlotte, searching for a home for their quirky soulful sound.

Their search lead them to Nashville, TN and its deep musical roots ground them as they continue to travel and share the music that they've drawn simply from themselves and the colorful world around them.'

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