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Yolanda Rabun Sings Nancy Wilson Tribute At Theatre Raleigh’s Fall Concert Series

Raleigh, NC – Acclaimed NC jazz vocalist and professional actor Yolanda Rabun is set to open Theatre Raleigh’s Fall Concert Series on Saturday, September 30, 2017, backed by her 4-piece rhythm section and including special guests at Duke Energy Performing Arts Center’s Kennedy Theatre. This one-night special engagement, To Sweet Nancy with Love“, kicks off at 8 pm and is Rabun’s new signature tribute to dramatic pop song stylist and Grammy Award winning jazz artist Nancy Wilson.

With the celebration of Nancy Wilson’s 80th birthday in February of this year, Rabun began brainstorming her plan to pay homage to Wilson and her prolific discography of standards, pop, jazz, blues, Broadway show tunes, adult contemporary, R&B and soul-tinged music.

“I needed a cozy, intimate environment to dive into (Nancy) Wilson’s diverse repertoire of melodies and lyrics so when Theatre Raleigh’s Artistic Director, Lauren Kennedy approached me for the concert series, I was ecstatic; the stage was set for the tribute!” said Rabun.

Like music legend Nancy Wilson, Rabun has a reputation of approaching songs and concerts with outstanding vocal dexterity and a unique dramatic flair. This past May, Rabun performed a special tribute to another jazz icon, Nina Simone with the Durham Symphony Orchestra with rave reviews. She also was a featured performer in Theatre Raleigh’s Summer smash hit, Smokey Joe’s Café and last year’s stellar production of North Carolina Theatre’s Mary Poppins. Rabun, who touts Nancy Wilson as one of her favorite musical influences, featured the Wilson classic, That’s What I Want for Christmas, on her second CD recording, Christmastime.

“I love to share songs where people feel as though the story I am telling happened to them or even me”, said Rabun.  The Nancy Wilson tribute at the end of September will be filled with a smorgasbord of great music and familiar stories. Expect to have a myriad of emotions. You may laugh, cheer, cry, reminisce, get mad and forgive and then find yourself smiling. One thing is for sure, a good time will be had by all!

Tickets start at $25 and are available at

Group rates available by calling the box office – 919-832-9997

Advance Tickets Highly Recommended.

Yolanda Rabun
Yolanda Rabun

About Yolanda Rabun
An extraordinarily gifted storyteller with a soul-drenched jazz voice, NC chanteuse Yolanda Rabun is also a BMI songwriter and National Recording artist having three full studio albums and chart-topping singles under her belt.  Yolanda has been called a modern-day Renaissance woman as she successfully manages her music and life as a wife, mother, music entrepreneur, motivational speaker, professional AEA actor and practicing corporate attorney.  Yolanda Rabun holds an Honors B.A. degree from Holy Cross College, a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and has won, among other professional honors, the Triangle Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Leadership Award.  Yolanda is also an award-winning actor (Cantey Award for Best Actress), voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys) and an ASCAP Publisher.

Tour Dates:
September 30 – Nancy Wilson Tribute, Theatre Raleigh Concert Series
October 3 –  Community Music School Benefit Concert with Alan Campbell & Friends
October 22 – Jazz in the Park Concert Series, Birmingham, Alabama

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About Theatre Raleigh
The mission of Theatre Raleigh, Inc. is to produce work with an artistic scope that includes musical theatre, drama, comedy, concerts, theatre for young audiences, as well as the development of new theatrical projects. Theatre Raleigh, Inc. will nurture a tradition of intimate, professional live performances while enhancing, stimulating and providing opportunities to our community, thus contributing to its vitality.

Theatre Raleigh, Inc. produces a critically-acclaimed Summer Series, Family Series and a planned Concert Series.  This umbrella institution operates with the goal of providing audiences diverse programming in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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