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Event 17 - New York April 7, 2021 Carnegiel Hall, Weill Recital Hall

Indie Collaborative Earth Day Concert Rescheduled to 2021 Due to COVID-19 Crisis

No sooner was the INDIE COLLABORATIVE EARTH DAY CONCERT at Carnegie Hall announced, when the COVID-19 crisis reared its ugly head at the epicenter of New York City’s entertainment world, turning life “upside down.” Lights went dark on Broadway while Carnegie Hall shuttered its world-renowned concert halls.

“But the show will go on, “ announced producers and IC co-founders, Grant Maloy Smith and Eileen Sherman, who immediately rescheduled their CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY IN SONG - now to be performed in the Weill Recital Hall at CARNEGIE HALL on APRIL 7, 2021, featuring the same amazing two dozen, award winning, artists, whose creative collaborations cross genres, cultures, and continents.
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“We’re thrilled that our original cast fully committed to next year’s date,” reported Sherman. “The program is so unique and eclectic. It’s terrific that we don’t have to sacrifice any of our original show. Of course, the spirit of the INDIE COLLABORATIVE is that “through thick and thin,” we stay together.

“Plus,” added Smith, “We certainly don’t want to disappoint our dedicated fans. Before mid-March, we just about sold out the house. We hope, given enough notice, everyone will mark their calendars and come celebrate with us, a year later. I predict we’re gonna enjoy that celebration a whole lot!”

Smith and Sherman agree that the present climate is unnerving and uncertain. On behalf of the entire IC family, they extend their heartfelt prayers to music makers and fans worldwide. And they’re using this time to create a new means to engage music makers and fans this summer, with their inaugural magazine, THE IC.

Genuine and personal, THE IC will offer in-depth examination of the life of the Indie Artist, no matter his or her niche in the music industry. THE IC will be available on the Indie Collaborative website and in print.
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Billboard top 10 charting American Roots artist GRANT MALOY SMITH is excited to return to Carnegie Hall following his 2018 performance at the legendary venue where he and his Nashville band earned a standing ovation. Grant is being inducted into the Indie Music Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood during 2020 (that event was also postponed for the same reason). Grant has earned several Grammy® certificates himself for his work on Grammy winning albums.

A playwright and lyricist, Emmy Award Winner, EILEEN SHERMAN, collaborates with her sister and composer, GAIL C. BLUESTONE. Their musical theater works, performed by many of Broadway’s best, have delighted audiences at Carnegie Hall, Hallmark’s Crown Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center. Also, a young adult novelist, Eileen won the National Jewish Book Award and earned The International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award. Her first audio book, THE VIOLIN PLAYERS is due this June.

Their artistic niches may be different, but their vision remains the same – bringing highly talented musical creatives together to explore new collaborations. Award-winning performers will seamlessly go from song to song, backed by a talented core band comprised of Musical Director and Jazz songwriter, pianist and trumpeter ALEX OTEY, Percussionist KEVIN LUCAS, and Jazz bassist from Lionel Hampton’s big band CHRISTIAN FABIAN – each of whom will also present their original songs in addition to backing up the other artists.
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Joining Eileen and Grant for this Carnegie Hall Earth Day celebration are:

Texas-based Latin recording artist LETI GARZA; New York’s own World Singer/Songwriter DAVID S. GOLDMAN; Billboard charting Dance, Folk and Traditional Pop lyricist MIKE GREENLY; Jazz stylist SONYA HENSLEY; Nashville-based Native American flutist GARETH LAFFLEY; Contemporary Classical pianist and Rapper BENJAMIN LERNER; San Diego-based Classical guitarist DAVID MALDONADO; Urban Singer/Songwriter MLN; Jazz guitarist NOSHIR MODY; Pop/Reggae artist RICKY PERSAUD, JR; Jazz singer MONIKA RYAN; Classical concert pianist TANIA STAREVA; Broadway and film dancer RYAN VANDENBOOM; and Arkansas-based Jazz and Classical pianist ALAN STOREYGARD.

Additional talent from the IC who will perform include Irish Folk singer HELEN O’SHEA, Children’s artist AMY OTEY, Folk and Jazz singer ELAINE ROMANELLI, and Gospel artist YOCONTALIE JACKSON.
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The co-founders of the Indie Collaborative (IC) are an unlikely duo: EILEEN SHERMAN, a playwright, lyricist, and young adult novelist, and GRANT MALOY SMITH, a cowboy hat-wearing Americana Roots songwriter and performer. They founded the IC in 2015 to help foster musical partnerships across genres, cultures and continents. Today, its membership boasts more than 2,000 artists worldwide. The organization has produced more than a dozen showcases from New York to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago. In 2018 they produced their first “theme” show at Carnegie Hall, only to return 18 months later. More showcases and theme shows are planned.

General Admission tickets are available for $60 each at, or by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or by visiting the box office in person at at 57th and 7th Avenue in New York City.

IC artists wow audiences in leading concert halls around the world. Its ranks include Grammy® Winners, Emmy® Award Winners, Top 10 Billboard charting artists, film composers, Broadway pit musicians, DJs – even official Music Ambassadors to the United Nations and UNESCO. Independent musicians and industry professionals are invited and encouraged to join the IC on their website at There is no charge to become a member. You can learn more about the Indie Collaborative at

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Valerie Nigg
Press Relations, The Indie Collaborative

Grant Maloy Smith
Co-founder, The Indie Collaborative

Eileen Sherman
Co-founder, The Indie Collaborative


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