North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Soulful Marc Cohn to perform Jan. 12 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

Published on 11/15/2012

Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn will deliver a soulful performance Jan. 12 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

Cohn performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. An opening set will be performed by singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon. Tickets are $40 and $30; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Cohn discovered pop music at age 6 when he heard his older brother’s band rehearsing songs by Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Motown artists. His own career took off in 1990 with the recording of his critically acclaimed self-titled debut disc, “Marc Cohn,” which yielded such tunes as “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird” and “True Companion.”

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking In Memphis,” Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.

In 2005, while driving back to his hotel with his band and tour manager after a show in Denver, Cohn was shot in the head by a would-be carjacker. The bullet miraculously missed penetrating his skull and he was released from the hospital the next day. Ending a nearly 10-year absence from the studio, he released one of his most critically acclaimed records, “Join The Parade,” in 2007 and followed it with more than 150 shows across the country.

“I always had my priorities straight when it came to my family,” Cohn says. “For me, it never felt right bringing children into the world and then spending all your time in a studio or a tour bus. But that night in Denver somehow brought me a new appreciation for my work and my audience.”

His most recent album, “Listening Booth: 1970,” proves that “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons—a rich, immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own,” Rolling Stone says. Collaborating with longtime producer and fellow Grammy Award-winner John Leventhal, Cohn transforms songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson and Bread into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy and full of easy-going charm.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.