Last Sunday we attended a concert at the Shreveport House Concert Series at Fairfield Studios. My son-in-law took us to the concert for my birthday. The Shreveport House Concerts feature original live music, performed in a warm, intimate setting. The artists we saw were James LeBlanc and Angela Hacker.
James LeBlanc was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He picked up the guitar at the mere age of three years old, inspired by his father, James Sr., who played guitar on a daily basis around the LeBlanc household. Throughout his teen years James started writing songs and playing in several bands.
James moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he signed his first publishing deal with Fame Music. James first hit single was released by Travis Tritt. The song was entitled “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde. He also wrote the title cut on Jason Aldean's album, Relentless. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Thompson Square, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, and Martina McBride. To close out the concert he sang "Where You Are" which was recorded by Rascal Flatts as the first song on their Feels Like Today album.
Angela Hacker first gained fame through winning Nashville Star, a country version of American Idol. She was born in 1978 in Muscle Shoals, AL. When she was 13, she entered a singing contest at her school and claims that she "hasn't quit since." She struggled with her singing career, but got an audition on the fifth season of Nashville Star. She was selected to be one of the show's ten finalists. On the finale of the show, she won against her younger brother, Zac Hacker.
Angela is a gifted songwriter in her own right, but she says her passion is for singing. She did an awesome version of the song, "People Get Ready".
I really enjoyed the intimate setting of the concert. It really was like listening to friends make music. After the concert we were able to visit with James and Angela. It was a special evening and a really great birthday present.