WCU Live! to Host a Carole King Tribute That Her Fans Won’t Want to Miss


By Chris Cooper

If you can’t ever keep yourself from singing along when a Carole King song comes on the radio, you’re not alone.

Now, you’ll have the chance to sing along with hundreds of other fans of one of America’s most prolific and revered singer-songwriters in “Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King,” a concert hosted by WCU Live!

On Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 PM, Jeannie Austin will bring her popular show to West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall for an evening that faithfully recreates the glorious sounds of a Carole King concert. With Austin on piano and vocals, joined by her back-up singers and band, fans will experience the memorable music King wrote and recorded, including such favorites as:

  • “You’ve Got a Friend”
  • “Natural Woman”
  • “It’s Too Late”
  • “So Far Away”
  • “Beautiful”
  • “The Loco-Motion”
  • “I Feel the Earth Move”

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Fans know that many of King’s well-known compositions became hit singles by other vocalists, like “Run to Me” by Bobby Vee, “Up on the Roof” by The Drifters, “I’m Into Something Good” by Herman’s Hermits, and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles.

However, it was her 1971 album Tapestry that took King to the summit, as she won the Grammy Award for record, song, and album of the year, and thus earned the honor of Best Female Vocalist. With more than 25 million units sold, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter-century, and King went on to earn three more platinum and seven gold albums.

A film producer by day and a musician by night, Austin brings a wealth of musical experience to wherever she performs, whether headlining a show or playing in multiple bands. Her first instrument was the piano, but she is also accomplished in acoustic and electric rhythm guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. While she considers music her passion, King remains her inspiration.

The Carole King Tribute has been lauded everywhere it’s been performed. According to the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in New Mexico, “The show was great and the audience loved it. When they had the audience singing along, it really brought the music of Carole King home to all of them.”

A division of WCU’s Department of Cultural and Community Affairs, WCU Live! is now in its 22nd year of presenting the best of touring international artists to the community. Throughout its history, WCU Live! has aimed to be a diverse and multidisciplinary series, with a something-for-everyone approach to its programming.

Prices for the concert range from $19-$27 for adults, and $15-$22 for students and seniors.

Click here to purchase.

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