Reported from Los Angeles by Phyllis Pollack
The Recording Academy and MusiCares issued a joint statement today, announcing that Rolling Stones vocalist Lisa Fischer and Lady Gaga will be among the many performers that will pay tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King, as she is honored during Grammy Week at the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The event will benefit MusiCares' Emergency Financial Assistance and Addiction Recovery Programs.
Multi-Grammy-winner and honoree Carole King will also perform, in addition to the long list of artists honoring her with performances of her works.
Grammy-winning Fischer is among the vocalists featured in the critically acclaimed documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom, a stunning work focusing on a selected group of background singers whose careers have been highlighted by iconic recording sessions. The film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, and Darlene Love, who also appear in the documentary will also be among those performing.
A former label mate of King, the New Orleans born soul singer is heard on a slew of rock and roll staples, including Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." Clayton also famously appeared in the Who's original staging of the rock opera Tommy.
Ms. Clayton, who has previously delivered vocals on works of King's decades ago, including the song "Oh, No, Not My Baby."
Fischer's live performance of "Gimme Shelter" has been a live staple of Rolling Stones set lists since she began touring with the band in 1989.
Lou Adler is among those who have produced Clayton's solo works, including her 1972 single "Suspicious Minds," released on A&M Records. In addition to Elvis Presley, Clayton has recorded many works in tribute to other artists, as well.
The famed Judith Hill and Darlene Love, who also appear in the documentary, will perform at the MusiCares benefit, as well. Love came into prominence when working as part of the school of artists working with Phil Spector, at which time she landed the hit "He's A Rebel," which hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts in 1962.
Love furthered her reputation, working with The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick and other artists. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 201l.
Judith Hill was chosen to serve as the duet partner for the late Michael Jackson in performances for the ill-fated This Is It tour that was derailed by the pop star's death on June 25, 2009. Hill's striking performance of Jackson's song "Heal The World" at his public memorial at Staples Center marked a pinnacle of emotion that ensued at the event.
Within her long resume, Hill has also sung and competed on The Voice.
James Taylor, who has worked with King on hit records including her epic Tapestry album, scored a Number One smash single in 1970 with his breathtaking King composition "You've Got A Friend," will also perform.
On the red carpet at last year's event, when commenting on substance abuse, Taylor told Examiner.com that drugs and alcohol seem to be everywhere in the music business.
Taylor stated, "It’s one of the pitfalls in being in show people. There’s a high availability of drugs and alcohol, it’s party time. It’s an easy thing to fall into."
With a drug habit that began in the Sixties, Taylor, himself, kicked an addiction to meth and heroin.
Additional performers at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala will include multi-Grammy-winning artists Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers, six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant, multi-Grammy winning and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.
For artists like Taylor and Tyler, the fundraiser for the MusiCares MAP Fund is part of the victory dance.
Jason Mraz, Jennifer Nettles, vocalist Pink, and will.i.am are also slated as performers.
Multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning-artist Gloria Estefan, multi-Latin Grammy-winning artists Jesse & Joy, and Grammy-winning hearthrob Miguel will also be among perfomers supporting MusiCares at the tribute to King.
More artists announced are Grammy-winning Train and Sara Bareilles.
Ms. King's multi-talented daughter Louise Goffin will also take the stage.
Multi-platinum country singer Martina McBride will be among the star-studded line-up. Irish singing sensation Leah McFall of The Voice UK will lend her talent, as well.
Among those that will speak at the event will be Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and The Recording Academy; Bill Silva, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus.
In addition to the star-filled performances, a bevy of additional celebrities and prominent music industry and entertainment executives will also be in attendance to honor Ms. King.
One of the Tribute Chairs is Lou Adler, for whom King recorded her debut solo album, Writer, in 1970 for his Ode Records label. It featured James Taylor adding acoustic guitar and back-up vocals.
Martin Bandier and Rob Light are also serving as Tribute Chairs, in conjunction with James Taylor.
Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger and session player Robbie Kondor will be the evening's musical director.
Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year at the event, celebrating her remarkable career and her noteworthy charitable works that include many environmental causes.
Proceeds from the 24th Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute will generate much needed support for MusiCares, an organization that gives those working in music an option to turn to in times of financial, medical, and personal need or emergency.
The 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. A large and seductive amount of luxury items, VIP experiences, and unique music memorabilia will be onsite for bidding on by guests.
The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares "Vehicle of the Year."
During the gala dinner, a live auction will feature coveted items, including a customized Acura RLX. This year's red carpet press arrivals area will be sponsored by Degree, the publishing sponsor will be Disney Interactive, and honoree tribute video will be sponsored by Rhapsody International.
One of the most prestigious events of the year, the annual MusiCares tribute will be followed two nights later by the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Gibson Guitars, CenterStaging, Delta Air Lines, Double Platinum, FrameX, Heineken USA, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jackson Limo, Pepsi, and Sweetwater are also supporting the event.
Under the umbrella of the The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. The MusiCares Foundation MusiCares focuses the resources and attention of the music industry in relation to issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The organization ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need by providing programs and services including various types of direct assistance, educational workshops, and health programs.
MusiCares offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments, as well as medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills, and psychotherapy, in addition to treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other critical illnesses.
MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals.
Each case is treated with confidentiality.
The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Safe Harbor Rooms, weekly addiction support groups, and the MusiCares Sober Touring Network provide ongoing recovery support. Staffed by experienced chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are working in televised music shows and other major music events.
The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States that can take music people to recovery support meetings while touring on the road.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to handle with the matters involved during the recovery process in the optimum manner.
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For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, readers may contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares at 310.392.3777.
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