LOGAN — Local singer Julia Neville and her band will take the stage at the Gazebo in Worthington Park on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. This band is appearing in the park for the first time.
Overcoming early adversity and struggles, Neville persevered, putting her attention on music. With a determination to encourage women through music, she began a path leading to fulfillment of her long time childhood dream: becoming a country singer.
Neville is no stranger to the stage; she has been singing since eight years old, mostly in karaoke venues, entertaining audiences all over central Ohio. Her love of entertaining and encouraging people through music led to singing on stage professionally. She captured the hearts of the crowd at the Opry House and the Opry owner connected her with a Nashville record label owner; who, upon hearing her sing, offered a recording contract.
She made the trip to Nashville to record her first single “Six Strings are Hard on Diamond Rings, ” released in May of 2015. The song was a hit, resulting in the award for “Young Country Single of the Year” from the NTCMA (National Traditional Country Music Association).
While in Nashville, she had the opportunity to sing in many venues including Tootsie’s, The Full Moon Saloon, Nashville Palace, John A’s and many more. Julia has shared the stage with Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard, Chris Lane, Bothers Osborn and opened for Trick Pony in Nashville.
In February of 2017, she released her first EP titled “Survivor” which received great reviews from fans and media alike. It debuts her first song, a story of overcoming and using that energy to achieve her dreams. Her music can be heard on all major streaming outlets as well as on over 30 k AMI jukeboxes across the U.S., Canada and Europe. More information is available on the band’s website: http://www.julianeville.com
Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Concertgoers should plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets as park seating is limited. Concerts will generally occur rain or shine except in the event of extreme weather.
Volunteers from the Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter will once again offer sandwiches, sides, snacks and desserts by donation; or participants can bring their own picnics. Alcohol is not permitted in the city park nor is smoking, except on the perimeter of the park.
The free concerts are brought to the community by the generosity of sponsors such as businesses, civic organizations, merchants, individuals and others, in addition to donations from those attending the concerts. All the donations are greatly valued and enable this popular program to keep going from year to year!
For additional information, contact concert coordinators, Keith and Liza Conner, at 740-385-0694.
The season schedule is as follows:
July 5 The Diamond Brothers (new this year)
July 12 The Nostalgics
July 19 Saving Grace Gospel
July 26 The Wayfarers
Aug. 2 Hocking River String Band (new this year)
Aug. 9 The Van Dykes
Aug. 16 Coal Cave Hollow Boys (new this year)
Aug. 23 Bandana Rhythm (new this year)