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Antoine Dunn returns home for the "I AM" benefit concert at CSU

8/16/2013, 10 a.m.
Cleveland Heights Native and National Recording Artist Antoine Dunn, Gives Back to His Hometown with announcement of Breast Cancer Support ...

Cleveland National Recording Artist Antoine Dunn Announces “I Am” Benefit Concert

Cleveland, OH -"Music is a universal healer," says 24 year old Cleveland native and Billboard charting National Recording Artist Antoine Dunn, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2011. Off tour, Dunn has returned to Cleveland to announce his "I Am” Breast Cancer Awareness benefit concert at CSU's prestigious Waetjen Auditorium on August 23rd at 7:30 pm. Featuring new songs from his untitled sophomore album, Dunn will headline the event, hosted by special guest MC and former Cleveland Urban AC WZAK on-air personality, Robyn Simone. Dunn’s evening will showcase the talents of Cleveland artists; Alvin Frazier, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, composer, actor and director, Rachel Roberts, an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, and will feature a horn section lead by longtime colleague and fellow Cleveland Heights High alumni "Nathan Davis." Acclaimed violinist, Dr. Hanneberit Hahnemann, will also lead a string section accompanying Dunn on songs “Truth of the Matter”, and the first full-length live premiere of his new cross-over single "I Am", inspired by his mother’s battle with breast cancer.

Dunn, who lost his mother before going on the "Back To Love" national tour with ESTELLE and R&B great Anthony Hamilton, is utilizing his premiere event to give back to the community that supported his mother, Janna Dunn, in her battle with a disease that effects 234,580 women (and in rare cases men) annually (according to the American Cancer Society). The "I Am" concert experience provides an opportunity for Dunn and other like-minded artists in Cleveland, to recognize a select breast cancer support organization for their efforts, raise awareness for the cause and offer a financial contribution to the recipient for their work. This year's recipient is the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization Minority Women With Breast Cancer United, which will receive the "Janna Dunn Breast Cancer Awareness Community Leadership Award". Dunn will personally present the award to Director, Geri Blair, for her work with women and families faced with breast cancer in Cleveland. Dunn will host an invite-only, catered, VIP pre-concert event for guests, offering an intimate opportunity to meet with sponsors, members of the media and executive members of Minority Women With Breast Cancer United.

Featured in Black Love Magazine, Singers Room, Grown Folks Music, Soul Train, Cleveland Women's Journal East, Conversations Music Magazine, NYC Parle Magazine, and other industry outlets, including an upcoming August 22nd performance on Cleveland’s FOX8 Jukebox morning show segment, Dunn is gaining exposure and excitement for the debut event and new single among fans. "I want to make this an annual event. It is an opportunity which not only allows me to heal from losing my mother, but allows me to help others heal through the power of music. We are fortunate to have great local support from partners such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation Ohio for our debut event, which I hope will translate into national support from other companies and organizations in the future. I feel very blessed to be able to give back to my hometown and connect to the families affected by this universal disease with an evening of music. Music can soothe the soul-it is a true universal healing tool," says Dunn of the evening event.

Tickets range from $20 to $30 per person with a percentage of each ticket sale benefitting this year's recipient, the Minority Women With Breast Cancer United. For more information on the event visit www.iamantoinedunn.com To purchase tickets to the concert visit www.iamantoinedunn.tix.com