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Star Light-A Christmas Collection[CD]
Mack Bailey is gaining an ever-larger audience for his strong, expressive voice and sensitive original songs. You can tell a lot about this singer and songwriter by the musical company he keeps. Mack has been hailed as 'the next great singer in folk music' by no less an authority than Glenn Yarbrough, the original tenor in the fabulous world-renowned folk trio, The Limeliters, a group Mack grew up listening to as a child. Using John Denver's music, Mack taught himself to play the guitar and John's example taught him how to sing a song. Today, the Limeliters and John Denver continue to play an active role in his professional life, even as Mack pursues his successful solo career. Mack's career came full circle when recently he was asked to be the newest tenor in The Limeliters, with whom he now performs around the country. And it was a thrill for Mack when he had the privilege of trading verses to 'Thank God, I'm a Country Boy' with Denver in front of 9000 people, just before John's death. Mack has finally released his first Christmas CD. It has been 18 years in the making. It features his musical friends and cohorts, Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger and Jim Horn. Some of the highlights are versions of Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful in their original languages and Mack's own Star Light. For almost two decades, Mack has been a principle member of the reunited popular Maryland-based 60's folk/bluegrass group, The Hard Travelers. With The Hard Travelers, he's recorded an additional five albums that feature many of Mack's original songs, and even toured in the Far East. He continues to appear with them as they still perform exciting concerts and sponsor annual benefit events for charity, through the M.U.S.E. Foundation. Besides writing, performing and recording, Mack is musically active in several medical and environmental causes, including Maryland Therapeutic Riding, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Mack is actively involved with music therapy programs for nursing home and Alzheimer's patients, conducts songwriting workshops for students, and for a church directs the music program for a family service. Mack's genuine warmth makes his audience feel right at home with him instantly and he makes everyone in the room his friend. Whether touching your heart with a tender love song or tickling your funny bone with a parody, Mack's shows are always a pleasure.
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