12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief and Our Student Crystal


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Dark Horse Institute is proud to announce our student, Crystal Taliefero, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is among the performers working with Billy Joel this evening at a special event at Madison Square Garden. Being billed the largest benefit concert in history with the most legendary performers, 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief benefits the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which has launched a large-scale relief effort to help people in the tri-state area who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.Performers include the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, KanyeWest, The Who and Paul McCartney.

John Mellencamp discovered Crystal performing in college and convinced her to join his touring band. She was subsequently invited to join the Billy Joel Band in 1989. She has been with the Billy Joel Band ever since. Aside from Mellencamp and Joel, Crystal has performed with artists including Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Joe Cocker, Tina Arena, Bob Seger, Brooks & Dunn, Richie Sambora, Elton John, Enrique Iglesias, Natalie Merchant, Meat Loaf, Michael McDonald, Bruce Springsteen and The Northern Pikes, Julian Lennon, The Bee Gees, Dolly Parton, Steven Van Zandt, and Buddy Guy.

Wanting to enhance her professional audio career while being a busy professional, Crystal realized two things. She needed to learn from the pros in Nashville and she didn’t have 2-4 years to learn what she needed to know. Dark Horse Institute’s 14-week focused program quickly became Crystal’s audio school of choice. Catch Crystal as well as several other performers who have recorded at Dark Horse and donate what you can to a worthy cause.

The concert airs live tonight at 7:30 pm ET on HBO, AMC, IFC, Showtime, Encore, Hallmark and a number of television and Internet stations.


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