Music roundup for Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2013

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By Bill Livick, Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Justin Moore at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. With Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. Tickets: $35-$40. Call 414-342-7283.

Justin Moore is an up-and-coming country music artist based in Nashville. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter moved there from his hometown of Poyen, Ark., in 2002 and released his self-titled debut album in 2009.

Moore has landed three No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Music charts: “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away” and “'Til My Last Day.”

The latter was released in March 2012 as the third single from his album, “Outlaws Like Me,” which also debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Country chart.

“It was very rewarding and very humbling to see my name at the top of any list,” Moore said in an interview with Broken Records Magazine.

“It's surreal. I grew up in a town of 300 people, and those kinds of things are supposedly unattainable. To get to experience, No. 1 songs and albums, is just really crazy to me. I am very blessed to have fans out there that support me and my music. And I am blessed that country radio has embraced me the way that they have.”

Moore began performing during his junior year of high school. After graduating, he joined his uncle's Southern rock band and moved to Nashville, where he made contacts in the music industry.

After recording albums in 2009 and 2011, he released the album “Off the Beaten Path” in September of this year.

Marc Broussard at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. Tickets: $16-$18. Call 608-255-0901. (Also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $20. Call 414-286-7288.)

The son of guitarist and Louisiana Hall of Fame member Ted Broussard, singer-songwriter Marc Broussard seemed destined for a life in music.

His upbringing in Lafayette, La., instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence of Otis Redding with the gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard released his first album, “Momentary Setback,” in September 2002. He was barely 20 years old.

Soon afterward, Broussard signed with Island Def Jam Records. He spent the fall of 2003 on the road as an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band and Gavin DeGraw.

Broussard's second album, “Carencro,” was named after his hometown and was issued by Island Records in 2004.

He made the jump from Island to Atlantic Records four years later for his third album, “Keep Coming Back.” He then went on tour, opening for and sharing stages with Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King. Broussard has also worked as the guitarist on several Tom Waits albums.

Broussard's fourth full-length album was self-titled and released in June 2011. He signed a new deal with Vanguard Records in 2012 and released a live album, “Live from Full Sail University” in April.

Broussard's guitar style is R&B with elements of funk, Southern rock and soul.

African Children's Choir at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison. Tickets: $16-$30. Call 608-258-4141, TTY 608-258-4967.

The African Children's Choir consists children ages 7 to 12 from several African nations: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. Many of the children have lost one or both parents to AIDS and other diseases, and all of them are victims of extreme poverty.

The choir was founded in 1984 by Ray Barnett, who was traveling in Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride to a safer village. During their journey, the child sang a simple song of dignity and hope. That became the catalyst for Barnett to form the African Children's Choir.

Barnett conducted the choir's first tour in 1984 and established the Music for Life Institute to support fundraising for African children.

The institute has facilitated more than 40 tours through the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The choir serves as the main fundraising branch for its parent organization, with proceeds from the choir's work used to fund education and relief efforts for African children affected by poverty and disease.

More than 7,000 children in several African nations are currently supported through the program.

Sheryl Crow at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $45-$55. Call 414-286-3663.

Pop singer Sheryl Crow was a backup singer for Michael Jackson and Don Henley before gaining an audience after the 1993 release of her first album, “Tuesday Night Music Club.”

The two releases after her debut album were also critically and commercially well received, solidifying Crow's reputation as an artist of significant talent.

Crow grew up in a rural farming community in Missouri. She was exposed to music all her life, as her parents were amateur musicians who often played in big bands in Memphis. Crow began singing in rock bands while still in high school.

She received a degree in classical piano from the University of Missouri and later taught music at an elementary school in St. Louis.

In 1986, Crow moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Her first big gig was singing backup on Michael Jackson's 1987-88 “Bad” tour. She also worked as a backup singer for other artists: Henley, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder.

Crow signed with A&M Records and in 1993 released “Tuesday Night Music Club,” which peaked at No. 3. With the hit singles “Leaving Las Vegas” and “All I Wanna Do,” the album received a Grammy Award for record of the year in 1994. Crow also received awards for best new artist and best female pop vocal performance.

Crow has recorded eight albums, including her 2013 release, “Feels Like Home,” a country-flavored album that debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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