Sharing the stage as the Four Voices Tour, these four acclaimed artists decided to hit the road together. Their friendship began over twenty-five years ago when Baez invited Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers to perform at a 1991 benefit for her late sister’s organization, Bread & Roses. Upon accepting the invitation, Ray and Saliers suggested enlisting Mary Chapin Carpenter as well. After a successful performance, the four of them reconnected a year or so later for a performance at an Earth Day Celebration in Boston. Most recently, while together at Baez’s 75th birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre, they discussed the possibility of going on tour together and—one year later—the Four Voices Tour was confirmed.
Baez’s career has spanned over 50 years during which she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic and continues to this day to stand passionately on behalf of causes she embraces. She is the recipient of many honors including the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award and, in April, will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Her early albums introduced songs that found their way into the rock vernacular including “House Of the Rising Sun” (The Animals), “John Riley” (The Byrds) and “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (Led Zeppelin).
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Beloved by fans and critics alike, she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations) and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her most recent album, The Things That We Are Made Of, was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and was released last year to widespread acclaim. The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness."
Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10.
Spend Friday, June 16th with Four Voices and enjoy a musical journey filled with a reminiscent collection of hits.