Saturday, June 26 at 7pm, four talented local singer/songwriters will take the stage in the Sunrise Theater. Using Nashville's “in the round” performance style, the artists will share the stage and perform one song at a time while offering personal stories behind each song’s inspiration.
Local favorite Annelle Staal will host the event and be joined on stage by Caleb Sasser, Paulina Simone, and John McDonald.
Watch the trailer HERE
Tickets are $15 reserved / $18 VIP and are available online HERE, at the Sunrise Theater Box Office, or by calling 910-692-3611. VIP seats are the first 6 rows of the theater and are reserved (assigned).
Nashville recording artist and songwriter Annelle Staal graduated from Pinecrest High School in 2016. She released her debut EP, “MARS” in 2017 after signing with Redline Entertainment.
After several years of experience in studio work, cowriting and live performance, the songstress released her second studio project, “Heart on My Sleeve” in October of 2020. In collaboration with Grammy Award Winning producer Andrew Bergthold, “Heart on My Sleeve” strips both Annelle’s sound and heart bare, and serves as a commentary on self-love, discovery, and courage.
Amidst the absence of live music, Annelle began performing virtual shows on Twitch TV, a streaming platform that brings live content to viewers around the globe.
Caleb Sasser has a passion for music and a dream to one day sing for millions and have his music reach the world as a source of inspiration.
He was born and raised in Goldsboro and is a graduate of UNC Pembroke with an emphasis in the Music Industry and Vocal Jazz. In addition to his music performance career, he is a middle school Chorus/ General Music teacher and teaches private voice and piano lessons.
Caleb has auditioned for shows such as The Voice, American Idol, The XFactor, and Sundays Best.
Paulina Simone is a French/American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her lyrics and tone offer vulnerability and a passion for vocal runs and R&B and she is inspired by influences like Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Nicks.
Paulina released her very first single in 2018 titled “Family Man” which proved valiant spirited and experimental, and paved the way for her true soul to be experienced in tracks like “Deep End” and “From Here”. The instrumentation performed by Simone in ”Deep End” was heavily inspired by Hendrix and personification of the instrument.
The Charlotte based artist started singing, playing guitar and writing songs at a young age and her journey began on an electric guitar.
John McDonald is a Moore county native with deep roots in the Sandhills.Influenced more by English musicians growing up, McDonalds songs blend Brit-pop hooks with American sentimentality.
As a member of a number of touring and recording groups, John and his band mates prioritized writing and performing original music over perfecting cover songs, which only enhanced the urgency of each performance.
Now, with long drives and longer nights behind him, and a young family at the center of his life, John's songwriting serves both as a chronicle of his world, and to blur the lines between the past and the present.
Currently working with Red Radio Productions, John will release his first full length solo work, Neon County, at the end of 2021.