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Peabo Bryson to Appear as Special Guest November 19th

New York, NY, July 17th, 2006Two pop music and R&B legends will perform on the same stage in a benefit concert this coming November 19th, 2006, 7:30 PM, at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, NYC. Hosted by the Whiteweld Foundation as part of its prestigious Whiteweld Concert Series, the concert will feature the inimitable Dionne Warwick singing a selection of her unforgettable hits, along with popular crooner Peabo Bryson of R&B and Walt Disney movie soundtrack fame. The concert will be co-sponsored by 98.7 KISS FM in NYC.

Celebrating 45 years in show business this year, Dionne Warwick's signature interpretations have made their mark on the landscape of pop music through each decade, earning generations of listeners from virtually every demographic. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly implanted into American consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hit songs since 'Don't Make Me Over' topped the charts in 1962. Warwick received her first of five Grammy Awards in 1968 for her classic hit 'Do You Know The Way to San Jose?' and in doing so became the first African-American solo artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Performance. Warwick also preceded the success of her musical peers by becoming the first such artist to achieve twelve consecutive Top 100 hit singles from 1963-1966, including 'Walk On By,' 'I Say A Little Prayer,' 'Close To You,' 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', and others.

In 1970, Warwick received her second Grammy Award for the best-selling album I 'll Never Fall In Love Again', and she embarked on her second decade of hits with Warner Brothers Records. In 1985, Warwick reunited with producer Burt Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John to record the smash hit 'That's What Friends Are For.' The landmark Grammy-winning, chart-topping single was the first music collaboration which raised literally millions of dollars for AIDS research and AMFAR. Throughout the world, Warwick has devoted countless hours to many philanthropic causes, serving as the U.S. Ambassador for Health, Global Ambassador for the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, among several other educational and charitable endeavors. Warwick recently received the first Support Music Appreciation Award in Washington, D.C., for her efforts in lobbying Congress to keep music education in school curriculums. Warwick will continue to complete her world tour, performing in every city and on every continent that she has ever played, again making music history.

Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier soul crooners of the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, nearly operatic voice, he has survived and prospered despite the passage of time, changes in popular musical trends, and occasional periods of mediocre material.

Bryson was born in South Carolina and began performing at an early age. While in his early 20s, he was working with producer Michael Zager's band ('Let's All Chant') and recording as a solo artist, while writing with other artists at Bang/Bullet Records, such as Paul Davis. His Bullet Records debut, Peabo, was a moderate success and contained one notable song, 'Jut Another Day.

It was his next album, 'Reaching For The Sky & and its hit' Feel The Fire' that took Peabo to the top of the male R&B vocalist class. His follow-up 'Crosswinds' solidified that position, and gave him his biggest hit to date,' I'm So Into You.' In 1991, Peabo released the single 'Can You Stop The Rain', arguably the best song of his career, and his first #1 R&B in several years. It anchored a solid album of the same name, and he hit the top of the pop charts twice as the lead singer on themes for two consecutive Disney-animated smashes, 'Beauty And The Beast' (with Celine Dion) and 'A Whole New World' (from Aladdin with Regina Belle). Several guest vocalist appearances on pop and smooth jazz albums followed, as did work in theater, and Peabo enjoys a solid place in the popular, smooth jazz and urban adult contemporary worlds.

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November, 2006 marks the beginning of Love Our Children USA's eighth year as the leading national nonprofit that honors, respects and protects children. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. It works to eliminate behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential, and redefines parenting by promoting prevention strategies and positive changes in parenting and family attitudes and behaviors through public education. Love Our Children USA works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy, and online youth mentoring. Its goal is to protect children and strengthen families -- its message is positive ... one of prevention and hope.

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