Jim Witter performs The music of Simon and Garfunkel
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Jim Witter
JIM WITTER, inset, featuring Ian Tanner, above, will take audiences through a musical journey when the Bradley Concert Association presents, “Feelin’ Groovy” Monday at 7 at the Conn Center on the campus of Lee University.
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Bradley Concert Association presents Jim Witter in concert on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 at the Conn Center on the campus of Lee University.

Witter sings the songs of Simon and Garfunkel and the music of the 1960s. From “The Sound of Silence” to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” their songs were the “Bookends” of the decade of freedom and love. Other familiar songs he sings include: “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Homeward Bound,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Wake Up, Little Susy.”

Get ready to let your hair down, kick off your shoes and get to “Feelin’ Groovy,” as Witter and his friends take you back in time. As the lights go down, and the music begins, close your eyes for a moment you may almost smell the incense burning, and see the lava lamps bubbling. Welcome back to the ’60s. “Time it was and what a time it was.”

Since the age of 4, Witter knew he belonged on the stage. His mother would get phone calls from the neighbors saying they were enjoying the concert he was doing on the front porch. Witter grew up in a musical family and home where music was always playing. He started in band at the age of 12 and played in his high school band and other musical groups.

He paid his dues by playing in small bars and cafes. But he got his break when Sony Music Canada signed him to a contract and sent him to Nashville to work with one of their writers. Together they wrote an entire album and it was released in Canada. Five of the songs on that album became top ten singles.

Later he signed a deal with Curb Records, the home of Tim McGraw, Leanne Rimes and Wynonna Judd. He released two albums under the Curb label — “The Long and Winding Road” and “Forgiveness.” The latter garnered him a Dove Award nomination for Inspirational Album of the Year.

When Witter is not on the road he still lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Rebecca, and four children.

Admission to the concert is by season memberships. This is the second concert of the 2012-13 concert season. Anyone who did not purchase a season ticket and attend the first concert may purchase a ticket for the Jim Witter concert for $25. Or you may purchase a discounted season ticket for $40. This will admit you to the Jim Witter performance, the Feb. 26, 2013, concert featuring the Side Street Strutters playing and singing the hits from the era of great jazz music. The April 25 concert will feature Jason Coleman playing the music of his famous grandfather Floyd Cramer.

For more information, call 473-1114 of 715-5662.