Chickasaw Singer Tabitha Fair
ADA, OKLAHOMA – Chickasaw singer/songwriter Tabitha Anoatubby Fair will make her McSwain Theatre debut concert appearance Saturday, January 25. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ms. Fair, an Oklahoma native who now calls New York City home, has made her musical mark on the world.
Ms. Fair said that she is honored and thankful for the unique opportunity to perform at the McSwain, which is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation.
“I am so grateful, appreciative and proud that the Chickasaw Nation is allowing me to come home to the McSwain Theatre and share my artistry that the tribe helped nurture,” she said.
An award-winning songwriter and vocalist, Ms. Fair will perform with her New York City-based band. Ada-based “Injunity” will also perform with Ms. Fair during a portion of the show, weaving a Native thread and paying homage to the Chickasaw people in the concert.
“I can’t wait for (my band) to experience the awesomeness of the (Chickasaw) people, the theatre and the beautiful heritage that I come from. I am so excited about this amazing opportunity.”
During her star-studded career, Ms. Fair has performed with some of the world’s best known singers, including Sting, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Amy Grant.
Ms. Fair grew up in Oklahoma, the daughter of a preacher and a mother who ministered through music. She grew up singing in her father’s church and was heavily influenced by her gospel roots.
Ms. Fair’s roots also run deep in the state and the Chickasaw Nation.
She was part of the 2013 Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Chickasaw Festival in a very special way. She recorded a song marking the occasion and was featured in the video which premiered at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
The theme of the song connected to the theme of the annual event – “Coming Home.”
“When I come back to Oklahoma, it is like coming home,” she said. “It’s like breathing fresh air. It smells so good here.”
Ms. Fair’s career journey began at age 11 when she made records with her family. By 15, she made her way to Nashville, where she signed with a record label and recorded her first gospel record. A nationwide tour and a Tulsa television show quickly followed. She continued to explore her gospel roots both as a writer and performer, co-founding Avalon, the best-selling contemporary Christian group of all time.
Ms. Fair moved to New York to focus on her solo career and in 1998 received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Ohlman Award, which recognizes writers of great promise. She was also recognized as a songwriter to watch, and was featured by BMI alongside Norah Jones in the company’s “Artist on the Rise Series.”
Critics have lauded her performance and voice.
“If you took the best attributes of Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde and Annie Lennox, poured them into a bottle and stirred, you would pour out a sensuous cocktail that could only be called Tabitha Fair,” David Hurst of Show Business Weekly wrote.
During her career, Ms. Fair has also been featured in concert duets with musical greats Sting, Travis Tritt, Michael McDonald and Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave). She has also performed at several high-profile venues including the Kennedy Center Honors and the Clinton and Obama Inaugurations, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fair is a regular on the Jimmy Fallon Show, singing background vocals for The Roots. She has also had the opportunity to perform with John Legend, Joss Stone, Snoop Dog, Charlie Wilson and Philipp Phillips.
For information about tickets to the Tabitha Fair concert, contact the McSwain office at (580) 332-8108 or at http://www.mcswaintheatre.com.
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The McSwain Theatre is located at 130 W. Main in Ada.