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  • Freedom Sings is a critically acclaimed multimedia experience featuring an all-star cast of musicians and an “only-in-America” story line. The presentation features music that has been banned, censored or has sounded a call for social change; and invites audiences to take a fresh look at the First Amendment.

    The Freedom Sings band in concert.

    This entertaining, irreverent and inspiring program is packed with live music and video imagery, and features hit songwriters and Grammy Award winners devoted to sharing the power, passion and poetry of music.

    The 2008 schedule appears toward the bottom of this page.

    The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education, and does not lobby or litigate.

    Freedom Sings recognizes the full spectrum of political views, an approach praised by journalists including nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, who wrote in his column that the program is “fun … scrupulously well-balanced” and appealing to “all political perspectives.”

    "Without question, 'Freedom Sings' was the most meaningful, memorable and educational keynote event I've ever seen," said Chris Carroll of College Media Advisers.

    Audience members applaud Freedom Sings performance.

    Freedom Sings was created and written by Ken Paulson, former First Amendment Center executive director. Paulson was named editor of USA TODAY in April 2004.

    Freedom Sings band members vary from show to show, but performers include:

  • Craig Krampf, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and legendary rock drummer behind songs such as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Bette Davis Eyes.”

  • Jonell Mosser, soulful singer whose work can be heard in such films as “Hope Floats” and “Boys on the Side,” and who has performed with such talents as Ringo Starr and B.B. King.

  • Don Henry, Grammy Award-winning songwriter whose work has been recorded by Ray Charles, Kathy Mattea and many others.

  • Bill Lloyd, former member of the top country duo Foster and Lloyd, whose work has been recorded by Hootie and the Blowfish and other top acts.

  • Shonka Dukureh, actress and singer who recently starred in Marcus Hummon's “American Duet.”

  • Ashley Cleveland, a gritty, powerful singer and the only woman to win two Grammy Awards for best rock gospel album.

  • Joseph Wooten, a singer and songwriter, and keyboard player for the Steve Miller Band.

    Freedom Sings production:
    Executive producer/narrator: Gene Policinski, executive director, First Amendment Center
    Additional narrators: Robbie Morganfield, Sonya Gavankar, Ken Paulson
    Producer: Chris Amacher, First Amendment Center
    Assistant producer: Denise Philp, First Amendment Center

    2008 schedule

    March 18
    At USA Today, McLean, Va.

    May 10
    Leadership Music at First Amendment Center, Nashville

    May 17
    Chips Quinn Scholars program at the Newseum, Washington, D.C.

    June 25
    College Media Advisers at First Amendment Center, Nashville

    Sept. 10
    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Sept. 25
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Oct. 9
    Al Neuharth Media Center/University of South Dakota, Vermillion

    2007 schedule

    March 17
    Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion
    First Amendment Center, Nashville

    March 20
    Free Spirit Scholars
    Arlington, Va.

    March 27
    Monroe Community College
    Monroe, Mich.

    March 29
    Center for Innovating College Media
    First Amendment Center, Nashville

    March 31
    Fisk University

    April 12
    University of Nebraska

    May 12
    Leadership Music
    First Amendment Center, Nashville

    May 19
    Chips Quinn Scholars
    First Amendment Center, Nashville

    Sept. 17
    LaSalle University

    Sept. 19
    Bellarmine University
    Louisville, Ky.

    Sept. 21
    First Amendment Center, Nashville

    Oct. 11
    Al Neuharth Center
    Vermillion, S.D.

    Oct. 24
    First Amendment Summit
    Washington, D.C.

    Nov. 7
    University of Wyoming

    Nov. 8
    Laramie County Community College
    Cheyenne, Wyo.

    Nov. 14
    Syracuse University
    Syracuse, N.Y.

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