(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
Well-known for his 1991 adult contemporary hit “Walking in Memphis,” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has released five studio albums in his career. His most recent release, 2010’s Listening Booth: 1970 peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 and is a set of covers ranging from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” to the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.”
“My relationship with ‘Walking in Memphis’ was incredibly personal,” Cohn told Cleveland.com last October. “That’s really what’s at the center of that song: the power of the music, and that has never left me. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed playing it more than I have in the past few years. I really just feel proud that that’s my calling card.”
If you think a Grammy would change one’s life, imagine being conscious while a doctor removes a bullet from your head. Following a concert in 2005, Cohn and his band were driving back to their hotel in Denver when an attempted carjacking left him with a gunshot to the head. While his life was not threatened from the experience, the emotional toll was weighty. Four months later, though, he was thankful to be back on the road performing.
Inspired by reflections of Hurricane Katrina along with his own traumatic event, Cohn ended a near ten-year recording drought with 2007′s Join the Parade, one of his most critically acclaimed albums.
A devoted connoisseur of pop music, Cohn’s tenor croon is instantly recognizable. As a solo performer, he trades off between acoustic guitar and keyboards. Marc Cohn, 7 p.m. Monday at the Center Theater. $37-$47. JHCenterForTheArts.org.