Jan. 12, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
Christian singer/songwriter and guitarist Derek Webb will lead Maryville College’s February Meetings, scheduled for Tues., Feb. 7.
Webb will be the guest speaker for Community Worship, which will meet at 1 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
At 7 p.m., he will perform a concert in the Clayton Center’s Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.
Both events are free and open to the public.
The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister at Maryville College, called Webb “a
sterling example of a performer who integrates his deep Christian commitment, his call to serve the needs of the world and his incredible musical talent.”
Webb, 37, was a member of the folk/rock band “Caedmon’s Call,” which formed in Houston, Texas, in the early 1990s. Since embarking on a solo career 10 years ago, Webb has earned a reputation as a provocative singer/songwriter who challenges the political and spiritual status quo.
With albums “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Mockingbird,” “I See Things Upside Down” and “She Must and Shall Go Free,” Webb’s innovative work has received broad coverage from Paste Magazine to USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. He was recently named one of Performing Songwriter magazine’s “100 most influential independent artists of the past 15 years.”
McKee said the Maryville College community is looking forward to hearing Webb speak and perform for the 2012 February Meetings.
“From his days with the band Caedmon’s Call, through his solo career, Derek has broken boundaries between groups of people and has expanded the notion of ‘Christian music,’” she said. “We are excited to have him on campus and to offer his large and diverse group of followers, as well as newcomers, an opportunity to experience his music.”
Held annually at the College since 1877, February Meetings have offered the College and local community an opportunity to come together to consider questions of faith and responsible living in the world. In years past, guest speakers and special music have been highlights of the condensed lecture series, which is open to all members of the College community, people in the area and visitors, including the College’s Board of Church Visitors.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.