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American Masters: Damien Sneed and Brandie Sutton

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 13:12:24-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Join Brandie Sutton and Damien Sneed for a virtual concert highlighting American Masters on Friday, January 29 at 8pm. This intimate virtual performance of voice and piano will explore the works of George Gershwin, Leslie Adams, Undine Smith Moore, Duke Ellington and more. Sutton and Sneed will also share some of their most beloved spirituals and hymns

Tickets to the virtual concert are on sale now and will be processed through Wharton Center’s live-stream partner, To purchase tickets, visit or the Wharton Center website at

Hailed by The New York Times for her "warm, ample voice" and by Opera News for her "sumptuous soprano," Brandie Sutton has toured and performed around the world, including performing with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the New York City Opera, was one of Aretha Franklin’s picks in her national competition to find the next opera star to sign to her label, and won the Harlem Opera Theatre Vocal Competition. “…a radiant, agile voice…a ravishing performance.” - The New York Times

Mutli-genre recording artist Damien Sneed is a pianist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. He has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends, including the late Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman. He also worked with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, Lawrence Brownlee, J’Nai Bridges, Brandie Inez Sutton, Raehann Bryce, and many others. Sneed, who’s latest tour stop at Wharton Center in 2020 celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be returning to Michigan State University as an artist-in-residence. Sneed also works with Wharton Center and the MSU College of Music, helping to bring social impact programming to both institutions.

Sneed’s credits include serving as music director for Grammy Award-winning gospel artists The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Kim Burrell, among others. Sneed is a featured producer and writer on the Clark Sisters’ new project, The Return, released on March 13, 2020.

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