Producer and musical director Damien Sneed is a pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader.

We Shall Overcome

Producer and musical director Damien Sneed is a pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader.

Celebrating African American music traditions intertwined with the spoken word of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Diana Wortham Theater will present an evening of inspiring words and music with We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Damien Sneed on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken words from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

The production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional and contemporary gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, traditional spirituals to music from The Wiz, producer and musical director Damien Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover a vast range of musical ground in a single performance.

Sneed is a pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader who has conducted and collaborated on original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies opera star Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured such musical giants as Diana Ross, the late Aretha Franklin, and the Clark Sisters.

Marsalis praised Sneed as “an ambassador for classical and gospel music who brings positivity, optimism and thoroughness to every occasion. His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.”

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 18 Biltmore Ave. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina.

For more information, or to purchase tickets (Regular $40; Student $35; Child $20; Student Rush, day-of-the-show with valid I.D. $10), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit