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Family concert series back with more fun

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights will open Oct. 12


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights will present a family concert Oct. 12.

Lake Oswego musician Aaron Nigel Smith and his One World Chorus will again present the Mountain Park Concert Series, opening at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 with a performance by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights.

The concert takes place at the Mountain Park Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego. Admission is $5 at the door.

The concerts are entertainment for the whole family and benefit One World Chorus, a nonprofit committed to sharing the gift of music with children around the world.

Her destiny became obvious to her parents when, at the tender age of two, Joanie Leeds grabbed a band mic and belted out the entire song “Tomorrow” from “Annie.” No one could remember ever hearing a big voice like that coming from one so tiny.

As a musical theatre major at Syracuse University, she began composing her own songs. After graduation she made the rounds as a singer-songwriter in New York clubs and tried her hand at about ten different day gigs until a friend suggested that she get a job where she could sing with kids during the day and perhaps sleep at night.

She managed one of the Manhattan Gymboree locations, singing for and with the kids all day long. Life clicked into place when Joanie realized that when she was with children they transformed themselves into creatures of joy, forgetting to hold back.

Seeing the kids get in touch with their true selves gave her a sense of fulfillment that far surpassed playing for adults on the club circuit.

The songs Leeds sings reflect this sense that life is a joyful adventure.

She has five full length CDs and has also released a full length DVD, “City Kid Live.”

Learn more online at joanieleeds.com and mountainparkconcerts.com.

Admission is $5 per person at the door.

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