IMG Artists, a global performing arts management agency, has signed Damien Sneed, Nyack College School of Music professor on the Manhattan campus to its international roster. In 2019, Sneed heads to a 36-city North American concert tour.
“Damien Sneed: We Shall Overcome,” a tribute concert tour to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., kicks off January 11, 2019, at the Empire Center at The Egg in Albany, NY and will make stops at concert halls and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Sneed will bring his brand of classical, jazz, and gospel music across the country on the two-month tour including dates on Jan. 13, in Toronto, ON; Jan. 15, in Pittsburg, PA; Jan. 18, in Princeton, NJ; Jan. 23 in Irmo, SC; Jan. 25, in Mesa, AZ; Jan. 26, in Northridge, CA; Feb. 1, in West Palm Beach, FL; Feb. 6 and 7, in St. Paul, MN; Feb. 10, in Overland Park, KS; and Feb. 14 in Omaha, NE. The tour will conclude in Modesto, CA on March 3.
“IMG Artists is thrilled to be working with Damien Sneed,” says Toby Tumarkin, senior vice president, Global Head of Artists and Attractions. “We look forward to introducing Damien to communities across the country through this moving tribute to Dr. King.”
Sneed, a Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient comments, “I look forward to touring with a great cadre of vocalists and musicians. Being a part of IMG Artists is a dream come true. I would also like to thank Jono Gasparro, who led the efforts for the partnership with IMG Artists and Toby Tumarkin.”
On April 4, Sneed will join his longtime collaborator and renowned classical artist Audrey DuBois Harris for a series of performances for “MLK 50,” which will culminate with a historical event at the National Civil Rights Museum, formerly the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Sneed and Harris’s new CD project “God Bless America” is available at digital retail outlets everywhere. Sneed is also finalizing his forthcoming recording “Damien Sneed: We Shall Overcome,” scheduled for release in September 2018. Sneed has toured with music greats such as Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman, Diana Ross and Wynton Marsalis. This year, Sneed will graduate from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting.