RANGELEY — Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins will perform at the Rangeley Health and Wellness Pavilion on Saturday, July 26. Money from the concert will be used to support health and wellness programs and services provided by RHWP to residents and visitors of western Maine. Opening for Kenny Loggins will be Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr) and Maine’s own Mallett Brothers Band.

The summer concert will be an all-weather event held at 25 Dallas Hill Road overlooking Rangeley Lake. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with the Mallett Brothers Band kicking off the show at 4 p.m. and Blue Sky Riders appearing at 5 p.m. Kenny Loggins will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages by local vendors will be available on site throughout the day.

Loggins’ career as a singer-songwriter began in the early 1970s with singer-producer Jim Messina. Their first album together featured the smash hit single, “Danny’s Song” andLoggins’ own version of “Pooh Corner.” The prolific recording and touring duo released a studio album every year from 1971 to 1976, wrapping up with “Native Sons” after which Loggins began his solo career.

As a solo act, Loggins recorded many well-loved songs for film soundtracks affectionately becoming known as the “King of the Movie Soundtrack.” It began with “I’m Alright” from the movie “Caddyshack,” followed by the title track from “Footloose,” “Meet me Halfway” from “Over the Top,” and “Danger Zone” from the blockbuster movie, “Top Gun.” He racked up scores of other solo hits, multi-platinum albums, and sold out concert tours with smash hits including “Celebrate Me Home,” “I Believe in Love,” “Angry Eyes,” and “Whenever I Call You Friend.”

Loggins joined forces with Michael McDonald in the late 70s and co-wrote the song “What a Fool Believes.” Each recorded his own version of the song, with McDonald recording it as a member of The Doobie Brothers, and both of them received the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Loggins and McDonald also co-wrote, and Loggins performed, “This Is It,” earning Loggins his second Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

While rocking worldwide stages, Loggins found his way into children’s hearts in 1994 with his popular album “Return to Pooh Corner” featuring a rework of his hit single “House at Pooh Corner” written for his son Luke. In 2013, Loggins released a children’s illustrated book and CD of the classic holiday story, “Frosty the Snowman.”

Though Loggins has earned 12 platinum albums, a pair of Grammy Awards, and hits on almost every billboard chart, he is still looking forward to what’s next. “I feel very lucky that this is the way I make my living, and not a lot of people can say that,” Loggins said. “I’ve been lucky that I love what I do and I get to keep doing it.”

Concert-goers will have a rare glimpse at Loggins’ latest creative step when he performs with Blue Sky Riders in Rangeley prior to his solo performance. Loggins founded Blue Sky Riders with well-known Nashville songwriter, Gary Burr.

Loggins said of his first performance with Burr, “When we sang together, we sounded like brothers. The last time I experienced that kind of blend was with Jimmy Messina in 1971.”

Burr has been named Songwriter of the Year for hits including Juice Newton’s “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” Conway Twitty’s “That’s My Job,” and Wynonna’s “To Be Loved By You.” He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, had a worldwide hit with the Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera smash “Nobody Wants to be Lonely,” and topped the charts with Kelly Clarkson’s “Before Your Love” and Clay Aiken’s “This is the Night.” Early in Burr’s career, he spent three years as lead singer of Pure Prairie League.

The third member of this trio, Georgia Middleman is one of Nashville’s most accomplished singer-songwriters: She has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols and Tracy Lawrence, among many others. In 2010, Keith Urban took “I’m In” which she co-wrote with Radney Foster, to the top of the country charts.

Those who have seen her live, though, can attest that there is real magic in her own renditions of her songs as, she wraps one of music’s most expressive voices around lovingly crafted glimpses into life and love at their most compelling.

Tickets go on sale at www.ticketweb.com on April 9, and are expected to sell quickly. For more information, visit www.rangeleyhealthandwellness.com or call 207-864-4397.


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