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Emily Hearn to perform in Griffin

The Griffin Area Community Concert Association will present Emily Hearn in concert at the Griffin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The daughter of Tim and Robin Hearn of Griffin and granddaughter of Jimmy and Sara Hearn of Barnesville, she was a senior in high school when she taught herself to play the guitar. While attending the University of Georgia, she began writing songs and performing them for close friends. ’It wasn’t long before my hobby became my passion,’ she said. She professionally recorded her first song, ‘Maybe in Charleston’, in June 2009, which led to her collaboration with Trey Roth and Jason Hoard of Griffin for her five song EP, Paper Heart, released in May 2010. A year and a half after independently releasing her debut EP, Paper Heart, Hearn, 21, is touring all over the Southeast. Her manager, Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, guided her to a licensing deal with All Media Music Group in 2010. This led to an opportunity for her to perform in February 2011 at the Sunset Sessions in Carlsbad, Calif., alongside acclaimed bands and artists including REM, Stevie Nicks, Iron and Wine and Augustana. In addition Hearn has been the opening act for Hootie and the Blowfish, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Darius Rucker. She released a music video for her song ‘Rooftop’ in February 2011 co-starring Bill Murray. Most recently, Hearn performed in Houston at the 100-year celebration for The Girl Scouts of America. She has also been chosen as a featured performer for the National Association for College Activities, which will give her the opportunity to perform at colleges and universities all over the nation. Her song, ‘Not the One’ will be used on the new ABC family show, Jane by Design. She will release her first full-length album, Red Balloon, also recorded in Griffin with Trey Roth Productions, this month. Currently residing in Athens, Hearn will perform in concert for the first time in her hometown. Tickets are $20 for adults with all minor children accompanying a paid adult admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by mailing a check to Griffin Area Concert Association, 1131 Skyline Dr., Griffin, 30224 or by calling 770-228-3229.

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