Posted on June 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

My first concert at the Red Mountain Theatre Company was back in 2006 (when they had a different name), and I’ve been back almost every year since then, always amazed at the incredible talent of the kids there and the warmth and enthusiasm of the crowds. I didn’t expect a small city in the South to be so welcoming of new musical theater, but it’s been a privilege to return to Birmingham every time.

This time, I not only got to perform with the thrillingly talented teens of the Red Mountain Performing Ensemble, but I had a rare and moving reunion with Parade‘s original Jim Conley, the soulful, sensitive and sensational Rufus Bonds Jr., who happened to be teaching at RMTC this weekend. A great artist, a fantastic singer, and a kind, generous man.

(The first act of the show was comprised of RMTC’s fantastic teaching staff singing their butts off, then I came out for the second act to an already very well-lubricated and delightfully rowdy crowd.)

All Things In Time
I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You
The Old Red Hills of Home
That’s What He Said
from Parade (Rufus Bonds Jr.)
When You Say Vegas
Caravan of Angels
A Little More Homework
(Red Mountain Theatre Co. Performing Ensemble)
Brand New You (Red Mountain Theatre Co. Performing Ensemble)
Someone to Fall Back On

Thanks so much for Keith Cromwell and the whole gang at Red Mountain for a great night, and for taking such good care of me and my music over the years. Looking forward to the next one!