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Mikey Wax giving free concert in Kingston

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

Mikey Wax, an up-and-coming independent artist, will stop in Kingston for a  free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in Morrison Hill Christian Church Teen Center.


The church is at 1008 E. Race St.
In recent months, Wax has traveled around the country performing free “house concerts” for those wanting a personal concert in their home.  
A fan intimate, personal concerts, Wax volunteered to travel anywhere in the U.S., as long as the person inviting him could guarantee a minimum audience of 20.
Recent Roane County high school graduate and Wax fan Katrina Kal-denbach invited him to Kingston. In hopes of having space for more than 20 people, Kaldenbach worked with her church youth director, John Pryor, for Morrison Hill to host the event.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Wax was inspired by his late grandfather to assemble the collection of songs written during his four years of college into his debut album, “Change Again.” The album deals with change, uncertainty, love and loss.
According to his website, www.mikeywax.com, strong word of mouth through popular social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace helped debut his album at No. 46 on the iTunes U.S. top 100 pop albums chart in November 2008.
The album continued to grow, eventually charting on the iTunes top 100 pop albums in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
“In Case I Go Again” was selected as the winner of South Florida’s WRMF/ 97.9 FM’s Unsigned Artist radio contest.
The song was featured on the CBS television show “Ghost Whisperer” on April 9.
Most recently, the music video for “In Case I Go Again” was featured on the homepage of YouTube as part of its “Music Tuesday” spotlight. The video has had more than 350,000 views.
Wax released a new six-song EP, “For Better or Worse” in February. The EP reached No. 88 on the iTunes top 100 pop charts in its first week.
The release was followed by a month-long tour opening for singer/songwriter Howie Day.
The past two years, he  has shared the stage with artists such as Landon Pigg, Serena Ryder, Tyler Hilton, Graham Colton, Diane Birch, and Ryan Cabrera.
While performing, Wax is known for his unique style of playing both the guitar and piano at the same time on originals like “Open Eyes” and “Last Great Song.”
His third album, “The Traveler,” was released April 29 for free download on his website.
Since its release, the six-song EP has received more than 10,000 downloads.