New Orleans Makes Yamaha Artist Gino Vannelli Just Wanna Give

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2007) — Known for hits such as "I Just Wanna Stop," "People Gotta Move" and "Black Cars," Yamaha artist Gino Vannelli has been making his mark in the music business since the '70s, but this time he's making his mark in a slightly different way – by raising money for New Orleans charities. Vannelli will be playing his S90ES at three charity concerts on Nov. 14, 16 and 17 at The Theatre in Harrah's New Orleans Casino. The concerts will take place at 8 p.m.

"We are proud to have such a well-respected artist on our roster who dedicates his time and talent to a good cause," comments Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc.

The special fundraising concerts will support two local organizations, the Greater New Orleans chapter of United Way Women's Leadership Initiative and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (Music Department).

NOCCA is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts, and creative writing, to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana through school day, after-school, weekend, and summer sessions.

The Women's Leadership Initiative is an organization within the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area that was founded by a group of corporate, civic, and community leaders who are working together to improve the quality of life for women and children in the New Orleans region through leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy.

Canadian born artist Vannelli made a name for himself at a young age, despite bucking the industry trends of the '70s by producing sophisticated jazz-inflected pop during a time of glam, punk, new wave disco and funk. He was signed by his first label RCA Records in Canada at the age of 16, and his first American record deal came shortly after that. His most recent album These Are The Days (Universal Music) features seven of his earlier hits and seven new songs, showcasing his metamorphosis as an artist and his ability to continue to write mature pop music with hints of jazz.

Tickets for the New Orleans concerts are $35 and available through or by calling (504) 533-6600.

Vannelli will also be performing in Las Vegas on Feb. 22 and 23 at Flamingo Las Vegas. To purchase tickets for these shows, call (702) 733-3333.

New Orleans Makes Yamaha Artist Gino Vannelli Just Wanna Give
— The singer/songwriter will play his S90 ES at three charity concerts in November —