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Always a Sunset Beach Concerts favorite. For decades The Embers have been making music by playing a mix of rhythm and blues and heart and soul.
The Embers Band, featuring Craig Woolard, Inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2014 Beach music legends are honored by North Carolinians, Woolard uses recognition to promote cause oriented campaign.
Stamford-Norwalk, CT – The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard were recently added to the list of North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees. The band was formally honored on October 16th, 2014 at a red carpet ceremony at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC.
Inductions at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame are held annually to honor and commemorate those who have made significant contributions to American music. Notable past inductees include James Taylor, Alicia Keyes, John Coltrane, and Ben E. King, among others. The Induction Ceremony will be a historical, entertaining, and educational evening honoring some of North Carolina’s most outstanding music makers with entertainment provided by North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees, including The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard.
Craig Woolard, lead singer of The Embers, will announce that his dedication to his music is rivaled only by his love for family and his desire to make a difference in the lives of others. One aspect of The Embers Band that distinguishes it from its counterparts is the fine tuned and longstanding hits that have been made throughout the decades.
Rhythm and Blues became the foundation and essence of SOUL music and the Motown sound, but in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Alabama the name that applies is “Beach Music”. Bobby Tomlinson, drummer and the leader of the band, believes that Beach Music is music with a memory. Others believe that Beach Music is simply lyrics that are easy to sing with and simple melodies and pretty harmonies that accompany them.
To say “The Embers play Beach Music” is an understatement. After seventeen albums, numerous single releases, THE EMBERS are one of the most popular bands as well as one of the most active groups in the country. THE EMBERS boast an average of three-hundred dates per year all ranging from Toronto to Florida, and westward to California and Hawaii.
Over the years they’ve played for presidents and princes, students and bankers, at the beach and in the city, on record and in concert. A musical marvel, the EMBERS have survived disco, punk, new wave, and hip-hop and continue to take the stage as one of the most entertaining bands to ever perform. They’ve been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and were named North Carolina’s Official Musical Ambassadors. They’ve opened for the Rolling Stones, done commercials for Budweiser, played the Olympics and President Clinton’s inauguration, and created the soundtrack for endless summers. THE EMBERS were involved in a video/commercial for the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City where their captivating, premier performance resulted in a return engagement for the past New Year’s Eve.
The EMBERS album, “Beach Music, Super Collaboration”, an album of internationally known recording artists, received international critical acclaim and evoked the best of memories and emotions for anyone who has been touched by the magic of Beach Music and introduce newcomers to the same passion that has made these enchanting melodies one of the greatest music phenomena of all time. Pepsi released a commercial performed by The Embers to the title tune of their new CD, “Beach Music”.