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Center for the Arts Presents an Evening with Clint Black
Pepperdine's Center for the Arts presents one of country music's brightest and most prolific stars in "An Evening with Clint Black" at Smothers Theatre, Malibu, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in the entire music industry. To date, he has written, recorded, and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist's career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit-song status at country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it is well known that he is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.
Black's continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of country music history and his humble gratitude for being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the Triple Platinum Killin' Time, marked a shift in the industry and a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. Country Music Television lists this album as one of the 100 greatest albums in country music.
Released while Black was still an unknown Texas-based artist and writer, Killin' Time boasted five No. 1 hits—unprecedented from a debut album in any genre—and won a collection of awards that included the Country Music Association Horizon Award, Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Best Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Album of the Year (Killin' Time), and Academy of Country Music Single of the Year ("A Better Man").
For Black, Killin' Time was only the beginning. Put Yourself in My Shoes followed in 1990 and quickly went Triple Platinum. Since then, he has had nearly two dozen No. 1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits—all of them his original compositions, which is itself a notable rarity in popular music. The overall number of his awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, surpasses the number of his hit records, and he has performed for a staggering number of dedicated music fans in concerts through the years.
Black has earned his place as one of the most successful artists in the history of American music, but he has not stopped there. He memorably flexed his acting chops with a cameo in 1994's Maverick (alongside Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster), as well as with roles in films such as 2000's Going Home (with Jason Robards) and the starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. Black has also performed on TV shows including The Larry Sanders Show, Las Vegas, King of the Hill, and many others.
In addition to his established business ventures and various charity foundation efforts, Black branched out even further with an appearance on Donald Trump's reality series Celebrity Apprentice. As a result of the friendship on the show between Black and fellow contestant and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, the teammates are working to secure a total of $1 million in matching fund donations for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF). Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for the IRSF's "Research to Reality: Funding Progress" campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure for the developmental disorder.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts Web site.