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WPU Concert & Comedy Series: Chris Hendricks Band

University Green (Main Lawn)

Sat Sep 21st, 2013

07:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m.


Breaking Down Barriers

William Peace University is pleased to present the Chris Hendricks Band in concert. FREE ADMISSION. RAIN LOCATION: KENAN HALL.

Bring your blanket and a picnic basket and come enjoy a concert on the lawn (University Green, Main Lawn)!

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age, musician Chris Hendricks was once told that he would never walk. Today, he goes wherever his music takes him.

A native of Durham, N.C., Hendricks' musical roots were planted early on when he began singing at the age of four. While his vocal ability continued to improve and evolve throughout his childhood and teen years, it was not until his junior year at Elon University in Elon, N.C. that Hendricks picked up a guitar for the first time. The connection was instantaneous. Before long, Hendricks discovered a passion for songwriting and began to pursue a career in music.

During a 2009 chance meeting, Hendricks connected with West Virginia native Aaron Gallagher in a Chapel Hill coffee shop. Gallagher immediately recognized Hendricks' songwriting skill and vocal ability. Determined to help him reach his dream as a musician, Gallagher soon signed on as Hendricks' manager.

Over the course of his career, Hendricks has performed at iconic venues across the country including Cat's Cradle, Carolina Theatre, Eddie's Attic and the Los Angeles House of Blues. His hit song "Noise," was featured at every artist's dream destination - the Louvre Museum in Paris - and was chosen as the 2011-2012 season theme song for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers. Quickly becoming a hit, the EP that features "Noise" has sold more than 6,000 copies to date.

Having overcome various obstacles in his life, including being bullied throughout his childhood and teen years because of his disability, Hendricks uses his music and experiences in an effort to inspire others.

In 2010, he began reaching out to students as part of his Breaking Down Barriers program, an anti-bullying initiative that works with area schools to raise awareness about the dangers of bullying and the importance of being true to one's self. Additionally, Hendricks travels the country speaking to various organizations and businesses, hoping to inspire them with his story and help encourage individuals to identify and pursue their own passions-a lesson after which he has modeled his own life.

Hendricks is back in the studio recording his latest EP, "Meant to Survive," which is set to be released in winter 2012. "With the 'Meant to Survive' EP, I feel like we have really pushed our boundaries musically," says Hendricks. "Working with producer Mark McKee has allowed me to open up and deliver the same raw emotion in the studio that I feel during a live performance."

Striving to reach and inspire as many people as possible with his music, Hendricks knows he has his work cut out for him. It is a daunting task, but he is excited to be on a journey that is fueled completely by his utmost passion in life. At the end of the day, as his song states, he does it for the noise.

"Passionate, soulful, and mesmerizing are three words that describe North Carolina singer songwriter Chris Hendricks' musical prowess and vocal style.  Hendricks has only been playing guitar for three years but has been singing for most of his life.  With powerful hooks and catchy melodies, Hendricks has been blowing away audiences in North Carolina and is looking forward to taking his music to all parts of the globe. His voice reminds you of an old school blues man with a pop accessibility that makes him stand out in a world of cookie cut singers who don't take the emotional expense to do their own thing. His voice pulls you in and leaves you wanting more. You feel his words, you feel his pain, and you celebrate his life along side of him. Fans of real music look out, your champion has arrived. His name is Chris Hendricks." - Journalist Chris Wells

Event Time: 7:00 p.m.

Event Location: University Green (Main Lawn) RAIN LOCATION: KENAN HALL