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Posted: 04/03/13

A.J. Croce will perform April 13 as a benefit for Journey Home and MCREST.

A.J. Croce performs to
assist homeless families

      A.J. Croce, the son of legendary singer/songwriter Jim Croce, will perform in concert on April 13 to benefit Journey Home, a MCREST and Macomb Homeless Coalition supportive housing program for homeless families with children.
       The concert will be performed at 8 p.m. at the WCS Performing Arts Center, 12901 15 Mile Rd. in Sterling Heights.
       A loyal and appreciative audience and glowing press from Rolling Stone to the New York Times confirms the appeal of Croce's genre-spanning music, with all of his albums positioned in various charts including Top 40, Blues, Americana, and Jazz.
       At the concert, sponsored by MORC, you may hear a searing New Orleans style piano, a blues standard, or music from his rich heritage. Croce, accompanied by guitarist Michael Bizar, has performed with legendary acts BB King, Ray Charles, Dave Matthews, and Dr. John.
       An overview of Adrian James Croce's life includes certain unequivocal facts: his father perished in a tragic plane crash in 1973. Robbed of his vision from the ages of 4 to 10, he regained sight in his left eye. He later confronted another cataclysmic challenge with the loss of his voice, regained through rigorous retraining.
       These days, with his increased facility on the guitar and the addition of a second guitarist, Bizar, Croce is performing some of his father's songs in concert.
       "I'm blown away when I do play something of his, at the amazing loving reaction," he marvels. "I play the opening finger riff to `Operator' and immediately the audience is there."
       And the music that influenced the father is an essential blueprint for the son.
       With a four star review in Rolling Stone, Croce's last album "Cage of Muses" is a shining milestone on the circuitous road that the singer-songwriter has traveled. David Wild of Rolling Stone considers him "one of our greatest young songwriters"<and with good reason. A.J. won top honors at the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) by winning the overall grand prize as well as the first prize in the AAA/Alternative category with his original Beatles like song "I Should Have Known."
       Recently, A.J. began songwriting with legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell. Russell is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. "It's a thrill and a little surreal to collaborate with Leon Russell. He's been an influence and an inspiration as long as I can remember," says Croce.
       With his newly released track, "Right on Time," Croce is inaugurating the New Year with his most ambitious recording project to date. "Twelve Tales," delivers a dozen new tracks recorded by legendary producers across a variety of American cities to be released one song each month, concluding with the complete full length release of the CD at the end of 2013.
       Proceeds from the concert will support the MCREST and Macomb Homeless Coalition Journey Home program. One in four Macomb County children live in poverty. Over 1,200 children in Macomb County schools and their families were homeless during last school year. Journey Home targets the new homeless, the "working poor," those living in motels or with relatives because they can't afford the upfront security deposit and one-month rent. The program will help the family locate affordable housing and provide short term rental assistance and support services until they reach self reliance.
       Reserved seating, at $20 and $30, is available in advance by visiting or calling (586) 415-5101.

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