Special for the Record & Landmark
Children’s Hope Alliance and Heartstrings Therapeutic Music & Art Program, in conjunction with their collaboration partner, Iredell Arts Council, announce that the February Music Speaks event featuring Eli Yacinthe will be held February 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Heartstrings Program Gracie Building . The event is free and open to the community.
Music Speaks is an inspirational speaker series for musicians taking place monthly throughout 2022 on the Barium Springs campus. A variety of guest speakers will share personal stories of overcoming adversity on their musical journey and will also perform some of their music for the local community and at-risk children in attendance.
Eli Yacinthe performs all styles of music: jazz, blues, country, rock, R&B, and even big band. He approaches every song, every note, with genuine energy and sensitivity.
This native of Statesville was immersed in music from his childhood. He sang harmony with his mother, at home and in church. When they watched musicals together, he was fascinated by the elaborate orchestration. Yacinthe discovered that he possessed the gift of extrapolating individual notes and reproducing them, even complex harmonies and rhythms. He learned the drums at the age of 2, and later the piano, but always preferred to play by ear.
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At age 10, Eli’s father taught him to play the guitar, but it wasn’t love at first sight. His fingers were burning from constant training. “After a few days I hated that thing, I hated it so much,” he said.
But then he watched a video of finger-style guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, and his world changed. “From that moment I became obsessed, I never wanted to let go. I didn’t want to play video games or whatever the other kids were doing. I would spend hours in my room learning songs or to try something new.
Eight years later, Eli rocks the house in a slew of local venues. Fans applaud her voice, which ranges from soulful to lively. His guitar virtuosity combined with his rich, soulful vocal style have already earned him a loyal fan base.
Highlights of her career include performing at MerleFest. Yacinthe will perform again at MerleFest in 2022.
He performed to a sold-out crowd on a full scholarship from the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville.
Since then he has taken lessons from a list of renowned guitarists such as Richard Smith, John Knowles, Pat Bergeson and John Jorgenson.
In a world where critics prefer to categorize music into specific genres, Yacinthe defies categorization. “Music is my life’s work,” he said. “It’s definitely my calling.”
This event is free and open to the public. Educators are encouraged to involve their students. All musicians and music lovers are also encouraged to participate.
Refreshments for 2022 monthly events generously provided by The Exchange Club of Mooresville/Lake Norman.
Location of the event
The event will take place monthly at the Children’s Hope Alliance Heartstrings Program Gracie Building: 153 Frazier Loop, Statesville.