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Still Believe: Tonic Sol-Fa to present holiday show Dec. 21

Grammy award-winning ensemble Tonic Sol-fa -- Shaun Johnson (left), Jared Dove, Theo Brown and Greg Bannwarth -- will present their holiday show “I Still Believe” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Submitted

Grammy award-winning vocal group Tonic Sol-Fa will present their holiday show "I Still Believe" 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The show is part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Series.

Tonic Sol-Fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also one of the most successful independent acts in America, according to a news release. With sales of more than 2 million copies of their 10 CDs, the group has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. They perform 100 concerts a year across 48 states to a combined audience of more than 250,000 people.

"I Still Believe" is part of a sold-out 25-city holiday tour in the Midwest.

Tonic Sol-Fa began at St. John's University in central Minnesota and includes Shaun Johnson as lead vocalist; Greg Bannwarth, tenor and vocal percussionist; and Jared Dove, bass. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC's Today Show and in Newsweek magazine.

Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Lonestar, and were recently part of Garrison Keillor's 30th Anniversary celebration of A Prairie Home Companion.

The group has three PBS television specials: "Christmas," "If I Dream" and "Greatest Time of Year." Last year Tonic Sol-Fa released two albums: "Original" and "30K," a holiday offering. The releases add to a catalog of numerous award-winning DVD and CD projects highlighting three voices.

The musicians have received multiple Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards, National Association of Collegiate Activities Entertainer of the Year nominations, received national

press and have landed their music on the best-selling seasonal DVD at Walmart, "The 12 Dogs of Christmas."

Tonic Sol-Fa released their third television holiday special in 2010, which aired over 1,800 times in 47 states and Canada. In late 2010, Tonic Sol-Fa won its first Emmy in the "Musical Composition/Arrangement" category for a song performed in a Toys for Tots public service announcement. They recently won two Independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song out of 650,000 entries worldwide. Tonic Sol-Fa's original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews.

Philanthropic efforts include collaborations with Be the Match foundation and the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" effort, contributions to breast cancer research for every pre-ordered copy of "Boston to Beijing," radio drive appearances for Gillette Children's Hospital, Music in the Schools Fundraisers and Master Classes, American Red Cross Disaster Relief and numerous other charities.

The group has performed "The Star Spangled Banner" for national Republican and Democratic events, former presidents, the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago Bears, the New York Mets, the National Fourth of July Celebration at Mount Rushmore, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and the Saint Paul Saints.

Tickets for Tonic Sol-Fa's holiday show are available online at

or from the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199.

The performance is sponsored by Essentia Health, the Central Lakes College Foundation and Prairie Bay Grill and Catering. The entire Performing Arts season is made possible in part by an operating grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board as part of the Legacy Amendment.