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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 23, 2022

Champaign, IL – The Champaign Park District has announced that Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER will perform in concert with her band at the historic Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, Illinois, 61820, on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 7:30 P.M.  $29.50 – $75.00 reserved seating tickets (additional per-ticket processing fees of $3.50 – $6.50 apply) go on sale at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2021, at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, online at thevirginia.org, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063.  Presented by True Endeavors 

With a string of hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 16 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and is one of only fifteen female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carpenter has sold over 16 million records over the course of her acclaimed career. In 2020, she recorded two albums—“The Dirt And The Stars”, released in August 2020, and “One Night Lonely”, recorded live without an audience (during the COVID-19 shut down) at the legendary Wolf Trap in Virginia—and was nominated for “Best Folk Album” at the 64th Grammy Awards, in 2022. 

Of her new album, “The Dirt And The Stars”, produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, and Kings of Leon) and recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, Carpenter quotes the writer Margaret Renkl: “ ‘We are all in the process of becoming.’ That doesn’t stop at a certain age. To be always a student of art and music and life, as she says, that, to me, is what makes life worth living. The songs are very personal and they’re difficult in some ways, and definitely come from places of pain and self-illumination, but also places of joy, discovery, and the rewards of self- knowledge. They arrived from looking outward as much as inward, speaking to life changes, growing older, politics, compassion, #metoo, heartbreak, empathy, the power of memory, time and place. There are many themes, but they all come back to that initial truth that we are all constantly ‘becoming’ through art and expression.” 

For more, visit https://www.marychapincarpenter.com/ or www.trueendeavors.com

For tickets: thevirginia.org

For interview requests, please call 217-819-3936 or email

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