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FRONT AND CENTER SEASON EIGHT FINALE FEATURES SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE NILE RODGERS

Mar 08 2018

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Front and Center, Public Television’s critically acclaimed concert series, will air the finale of its star studded eighth season on March 9th.  The episode features highlights from Nile Rodgers’ induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, performances of “We Are Family” and “Le Freak,” as well as insightful storytelling about his songwriting process and an intimate performance from the McKittrick Hotel in New York City.   View the trailer for this episode here:  https://youtu.be/O8xOnx9H_k0

“Nile is respected and admired by his fans and peers alike not only for his multi-/cross-genre music, but also for his curiosity and eagerness to discover the next new wave of music,” said SHOF President and CEO Linda Moran. “It is most fitting that Nile kick off our new partnership with Front and Center as there is no one better than Nile Rodgers to get the message across loud and clear, with unbridled passion and extreme eloquence, that it all begins with a song!

“It’s an honor to partner with The Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nile Rodgers as part of the Front and Center series” said Executive Producer Don Maggi.  “Nile’s show reinforces why he’s a musical pioneer and member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.  His passion, talent and unique ability to tell a story is on full display in this episode.  It was our pleasure to work with Nile, Linda Moran and her team at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  We look forward to additional shows in 2018.”

Among music legends, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times”.  His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.

Season eight of Front and Center boasted an all new line-up of Grammy Award winners, Billboard chart toppers, CMA Awards winners, and emerging artists.  The 10 new episodes included intimate performances from Liam Gallagher, Mike + the Mechanics, Beth Hart, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Jack Johnson, and Nile Rodgers as well as Miranda Lambert, Clint Black and a twin bill featuring Kane Brown and Luke Combs, as part of Front and Center’s ongoing partnership with the Country Music Association and the CMA Songwriters Series presented by U.S. Bank.  All air dates and times are available here: http://www.pbs.org/show/front-and-center/

Videos and more information about Front and Center are available at www.frontandcenter.com and www.youtube.com/frontandcentertv.

Front and Center is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW LLC for WNET. The series is distributed by American Public Television.

Front and Center funding is provided by U.S. Bank, Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, Student Transportation, and Citi.

About Front and Center Entertainment:

Front and Center Entertainment, LLC produces the popular music performance television series Front and Center as well as the groundbreaking talk show Speakeasy and the monthly series MTV Live: Setlist. Since 2012 Front and Center has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, and The Avett Brothers. Speakeasy, which began airing in January 2015, features an iconic talent chatting intimately with an interviewer of their choice.  Included are conversations with Roger Waters and Bill Weir, David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis, Nile Rodgers and Valerie Simpson, and Robbie Robertson with Warren Zanes. MTV Live: Setlist spotlights rising artists spanning multiple genres including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dua Lipa, and Muna.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, scholarships and SHOF/NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.. West Coast educational activities are held at The GRAMMY Museum, which hosts the permanent Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery, and at the University of Southern California. Out of the tens of thousands of songwriters of our era, there are approximately 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. The list of inductees include Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland, Smokey RobinsonPaul WilliamsHal David & Burt Bacharach, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly, Bob DylanIsaac Hayes & David PorterCarole KingPaul SimonBilly JoelJon Bon Jovi & Richie SamboraElton John & Bernie TaupinBrian WilsonJames Taylor, Don Schlitz, Bruce SpringsteenPhil Collins, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Loretta LynnJimmy WebbVan MorrisonKris KristoffersonDolly PartonGarth BrooksDiane WarrenPaul AnkaStevie WonderSteven Tyler & Joe PerryMac DavisLeonard CohenRay Davies, Donovan, Cyndi Lauper,  Desmond ChildMick Jones & Lou GrammChip TaylorElvis CostelloMarvin GayeNile Rodgers & Bernard EdwardsLionel RichieBill WithersNeil DiamondJay ZTom PettyToby KeithMax Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Berry Gordy, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Robert Lamm & James Pankow among many others.


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