Friday, May 4 - Outdoor "Malibu Rum" Stage - 7:00 pm
- Finalist on NBC-TV’s The Voice
- 2012 GLAAD Outstanding Music Artist Nominee
Rock ‘n' roll is built on a foundation of great vocalists, and Beverly McClellan is quickly becoming its newest cornerstone. NBC-TV's The Voice introduced her to the world as a singer of stunning power and range with the presence and ability to draw comparisons to Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, to name just a few of the great torchbearers whose legacies she evokes.
Now McClellan's debut international release Fear Nothing presents her as a true and original artist — a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and dynamic presence with the ability, authority and desire to carve her own place in music history. “I believe that I have a message,” says McClellan. “It's simple: be yourself, love yourself, always be honest, and let the rest come naturally. That's the way I live my life and make my music.” And that's the easy-going Zen she applied to the recording of Fear Nothing at Los Angeles' House of Blues studios with producer David Z. (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Billy Idol, Buddy Guy) and the superb rock and roots session players he assembled: guitarist Josh Sklair, keyboardist Jimmy Pugh, bassist Hutch Hutchinson and drummer Tony Braunagal — all noted producers in their own right. McClellan also brought along her own longtime guitar foil Billy Vazquez, and a stack of mostly upbeat and entirely heartfelt new songs.
For the past 15 years, from the day she left her job as a dentist's assistant for a lunch break and never returned, she's kept her head shaven and added a series of tattoos that help tell her life story. Her orca and bear body art speak of her part-Native American heritage. McClellan's colorful peacock-and microphone sleeve was acquired during her time on The Voice, where she was a wildly popular “Final 4” contestant earlier this year.
For more information about Beverly McClellan, please visit her website at www.beverlymcclellan.com.