THREE OAKS, Mich. —Ted Yoder, who garnered 80 million views for his 2016 rendition of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and was ranked the top viewed music video on Facebook, will perform as part of the Bryan Lubeck show Sept. 30 in Three Oaks, Michigan.
He is known globally as a Latin guitarist and pop vocalist infusing pop and urban grooves into his fiery guitar and urban grooves with his hook filled smooth vocals. His music has been heard on the radio all over the world and has recorded and performed with numerous Grammy nominees and winners. In a digital age where album sales are hard to come by he has managed to sell 10s of thousands, leveraging his catchy songwriting and business savvy … a rare combination.
His most recent album, “Tuscan Sky,” spent 15-plus weeks in the top 40 of the smooth jazz charts and has received rave reviews from critics. When the title song was released, it immediately shot to the fifth most added to radio on the Billboard charts and continued that ranking four weeks in a row. He also recently shot his latest music video nearby at Tabor Hill Winery. Bryan also co-wrote a song with Jim Peterik who founded the group Survivor and wrote multiple number one hits including one of the most recognizable songs on earth “Eye Of The Tiger” for the album.
He also gives credit to Tabor Hill Winery in Southwest Michigan for his sound and inspiration as he played weekends there early in his career. He then gained international popularity with his “Acoustic Vineyard” album that was inspired by the vineyard view at the winery. And the song “Vineyard Groove” off his follow up CD “Vineyard Groove” was used as a theme song for a Microsoft product launch.
In-between those projects he did a holiday CD which is still ranked by top radio programmers, and still promoted by distributors with the likes of Manheim Steamroller and every year garners prime position on Sirius and XM Satellite stations.
He tells stories and brings them to life with an all-star musicians sharing the stage. Accompanying him will be Nate Lacny percussionist for Billboard top 10 artist Johannes Linstead.
On Aug. 24, 2016, Ted became something of a household name when a Facebook Live video of him from his “Live From The Orchard” series playing Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” went viral.
In the performance, he brought forth the tune’s majestic pop symphonic motifs and arrangement like a tone poet, sensitively navigating the 1980s classic’s lush emotionality and rich musicality. The homespun video, shot in his rural backyard, racked up 7 million views in 36 hours, rocketing up to 53 million views in four days.
In less than a decade, Ted has gone from tinkering on the hammered dulcimer to releasing five studio albums, authoring a groundbreaking instructional book, teaching Skype lessons to students around the nation, and becoming an in-demand performer at community theaters, churches and festivals. In 2010, just three years after dedicating all his time to the instrument, he won the title of National Hammer Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival.
He’s been profiled in the Kearney Hub, Huffington Post, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” show, among many other in regional and national tastemaking outlets. Ted is currently preparing his fifth album which will be the first to feature his breezy and emotive vocals, a popular staple of his live shows.
Chad Michael is an extended range guitar player/finger stylist from Northern Indiana whose many traits include vibrant overtones and melodies with dynamic chord progression along with percussive finger style playing that will lock you into a musical journey. His CD albums are “A Walk with Shirley Heinze” and “Dance the World Inside Your Mind.”
Event: Bryan Lubeck and the Three Gringos: Featuring Guest Ted Yoder
When: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time)
Where: Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128
Box Office: (269) 756-3879