Allen & Baber: Back at Home
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.Buy Tickets August 1
Enjoy a night of acoustic music, expertly performed by some of the most successful musicians from the University of Central Arkansas. These five talented performers are making it big in the music industry across the country, and they’re coming back home to Bear Country to rock Reynolds Performance Hall at their alma mater.
Kris Allen, Barrett Baber, Matthew Huff, Adam Hambrick and Hannah Blaylock are five UCA alumni who are coming together for one night to provide a spectacular musical experience on the UCA campus this fall.
Conway native Kris Allen attended UCA in 2003 and became a household name when he won the eighth season of the popular reality television show “American Idol” on Fox. He has since released four studio albums, had two top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits and tours the nation performing. Known for his humanitarianism, charity/missionary work and fundraising efforts, Allen has traveled the world organizing and participating in a plethora of philanthropic events.
Barrett Baber graduated from UCA in 2006 with a degree in public relations and is now an alternative country and country rock musician who won third place on season nine of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Baber’s singing audition received a four-chair turn and he immediately became a member of team Blake Shelton. Since the show, Baber signed with William Morris Endeavor, the world’s largest booking agency, toured with Rascal Flatts in Las Vegas and teamed up with Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign, which features Baber’s lyrics on bottles of Coke.
From Mammoth Springs, Matthew Huff graduated from UCA in 2003 with a degree in early childhood education. He is an independent artist with country roots who has played more than 500 shows from California to Florida, as well as overseas. Huff won the Best Country Song of the Year for his song “A Little Bit of Crown” and Best New Male Artist at the 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards.
Discovered by country singer Justin Moore, singer and songwriter Adam Hambrick, who graduated from UCA in 2007 with a degree in mass communication, has played more than 40 shows across six states, touring with artists such as Eli Young Band and Chris Lane. Hambrick’s songs have been recorded by popular country artists including Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay and Rascal Flatts. Hambrick currently lives in Nashville where he is making his way down music row and working toward a solo career.
Founding member and lead vocalist of the highly successful country music trio Eden’s Edge, Hannah Blaylock attended UCA in 2004. She has shared the stage with acts such as Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum. After moving to Nashville, Blaylock created a foundation for herself as a solo artist and has recently cut an album with Emily Strayer, founding member of the Dixie Chicks.
All five of these renowned musicians will be featured in the Fall 2016 edition of the UCA Magazine.
Reynolds Performance Hall hosts over 250 events each year! In addition to our own season of events, we are home to Conway Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and so much more!
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