Six-time Grammy nominee, Nnenna Freelon will deliver the Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in the Stone Center’s auditorium. This year’s lecture will be part of the Stone Center’s 30th anniversary programming.
An international jazz singer, composer, producer, and arranger, Freelon has built a storied musical career spanning over thirty years. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl. In November 2011, The White House asked Freelon to headline the Asia Pacific Economic Summit for 300 Presidents, Premiers and Heads of State from around the world. She received a standing ovation for her performance during the 43rd annual Grammy Awards telecast and has headlined ActionAID, Sir Elton John’s international AIDS fundraiser.
In addition to her musical career, Nnenna Freelon has dedicated herself to educating young people. She toured the United States for four years as the National Spokesperson for Partners In Education, an organization with over 400,000 community/school partnerships across the country. Freelon also teaches classes, including her ground breaking “Babysong” workshops at Duke University Medical Center which teach young mothers and healthcare providers the importance of the human voice in healing and nurturing. She has received numerous awards including the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in New York City. The YWCA of North Carolina awarded her the inaugural “Legend Award” for her commitment to the arts and arts education and Bennett College named her the 2010 “Woman of Substance”.