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December 12, 2014

Grace McLean Voted To Open American Songbook 2015

American Songbook

Friday, December 12, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino


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Free Concert in David Rubenstein Atrium on January 21


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook will open its 2015 season on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 pm with a free concert by singer-composer Grace McLean in the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway bet. 62nd& 63rd Sts.).  McLean received the most votes in the “Invest in the Future of American Song,” an online contest developed through a partnership between Prudential Investment Management and Lincoln Center.   


Now in its second year, “Invest in the Future of American Song” empowers the public to pick the artist to give the opening American Songbook concert.  American Songbook curators nominated three contenders who were then ranked by the public via social media, primarily through a tab on the American Songbook Facebook page.  The three artists selected for the program this year were chamber pop group Owel, singer-composer Grace McLean, and Americana stars The David Mayfield Parade.


American Songbook is a unique, exciting series that celebrates the breadth of American music performed by a blend of legendary performers and emerging talent. It reflects the best of American music past and present, music that deserves to be preserved, promoted and performed in one of the world's finest venues,” says David Hunt, CEO and President of Prudential Investment Management. “We are proud to partner with Lincoln Center to keep this legacy of the American Songbook growing and vibrant.”


Called “electrifying” by The Huffington Post, Brooklyn-based Grace McLean is an actress-composer-singer-writer-teacher on the rise. Following a critically-acclaimed star turn in Bedbugs! The Musical and a year as a lead in Off-Broadway’s critically acclaimed electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Grace returned to her acclaimed original music, both as a solo artist and with her band Grace McLean & Them Apples. Manhattan User’s Guide writes, “this pop and jazz singer writes seriously infectious melodies with seriously antic lyrics. Her voice can raise the roof, or she can slide off a note and break your heart.”  McLean’s pop opera In The Green (about 12th century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen) is currently in development. McLean released her new EP in 2014, featuring the single, and her first feature video, “Natural Disaster.”


American Songbook continues with performances in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center from January 28 through February 28, followed by American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse from March 11 through 27.  TICKETS to these performances can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website for the series at, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.




Since its launch in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.  Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.


For a list of artists that have performed in American Songbook over the years, as well as the composers that have been honored by evenings of their music, please click here:


American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management.

Major support for American Songbook is provided by Amy & Joseph Perella.

Endowment support provided by Bank of America.

Wine generously donated by William Hill Estate Winery, Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston,   The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Jill and Irwin B.Cohen, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

United Airlines is the Official Airlines of Lincoln Center.

WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center.

William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.


About Prudential Investment Management

Prudential Investment Management’s businesses offer a range of investment solutions for retail and institutional investors around the world across all asset classes, including fundamental equity, quantitative equity, public fixed income, private fixed

income, real estate and commercial mortgages. Its businesses have offices in the U.S., the U.K., Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and had $826 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. For more information, please visit



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