Multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb has topped the charts from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest -- from Glen Campbell to Art Garfunkel to Linda Ronstadt -- and covers by everyone from Guns n’ Roses to Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Since Webb’s Grammy sweep in 1968 when his own “Up, Up and Away” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” vied for Song of the Year (and “Up” won), to the use of his “Do What You Gotta Do” in Kanye West’s “Famous,” the man often praised as “America’s Songwriter” remains an icon in popular music – and continues to challenge his artistic boundaries with projects like a classical nocturne. His most famous songs are touchstones for a generation yet remain timeless – “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Worst That Could Happen.” Now in his touring show “An Evening with Jimmy Webb”and his literary memoir, THE CAKE AND THE RAIN (St. Martin’s Press; now in paperback and audiobook), Webb brings fans of his music a unique connection to their favorite songs, revealing the stories behind his hits as far back as his first songwriting job at Motown through a career trajectory that took a teen preacher’s son from a farm town in Oklahoma to the top of his longed-for profession, with pitfalls and blessings in equal measure between.
With interests in both theater and music, Spielberg earned a B.F.A. in drama from New York University. As a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, she has acted in dozens of off-Broadway plays, radio dramas, and composed several original scores while building a career as one of the premiere piano performers in New York’s piano rooms. Robin Spielberg is a Steinway Artist, and has been hailed as one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers and has been featured in live performances on PBS, CBS Saturday Morning, ABC News, Lifetime Live, and NPR. She has played sold out performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall three times. Spielberg’s has toured South Korea several times and just this past summer embarked on a three week concert tour of China where she is a bonafide “piano star.” Spielberg’s music has now been heard by over 165 million listeners on Pandora and has had hundreds of millions of plays on Apple Music and Spotify.