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Chase and Morgan lead a country invasion into town

SHANGHAI is known as a jazz city and there's a fair number of classical music fans in town too. But country music? It falls pretty far down on the pecking order here.

However, good news is that local country music lovers will get a relatively rare chance for some live tunes courtesy of Canadian singers Melanie Morgan and Kevin Chase. The two will present a joint show at Shanghai Oriental Art Center next Sunday.

Chase says the songs they will perform are a combination of their own, as well as covers of popular country tunes the promoter recommended as good choices for a Shanghai audience.

The list of songs includes Morgan's "Take My Picture," "I Wanna Be That Girl," along with Chase's "Born to Ride."

Fans will also hear their versions of some classic country songs like "My Girl," "Lemon Tree" and "California Dreaming." Chase will also sing "The Dance," a tune by country star Garth Brooks.

"That song means a lot to me," Chase says, adding it was the first he ever sang in front of a large audience.

Morgan says she is focused on bringing a high-energy show to Shanghai.

"I'm looking forward to singing some of my own songs, but I'm excited to do some fun covers that the audience might recognize like 'Honky Tonk Woman,' 'Magic Carpet Ride and 'Hallelujah'," Morgan says.

Growing up in a small Acadian town, Morgan says she was exposed to both country and French Acadian music from a young age. She is described as "one of the most exciting new voices to hit the Canadian country music scene in years."

"Country rock is all about having fun and expressing yourself," she says. "It's about real life and real stories, that's why it's always been my passion and what I relate to the most."

Even though Chase grew up around country music, he also has a love for rock 'n' roll. He likes combining the two styles in his songs.

"I like the good heartfelt story behind a country song and the drive and edge of rock 'n' roll. A pretty good mix don't you think?" says Chase. "I really don't dislike any type of music. I've listened to different styles, anywhere from jazz, blues to hip-hop."

Morgan is also open to all genres of music.

"Music is music in the end, whether it can make you dance or make you cry, it's all great," says Morgan.

Date: March 11, 7:15pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 180-480 yuan (US$28.50-76.04)

Tel: 962-388


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