JACK WRIGHT’S TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND IN VACAVILLE
When Jack Wright’s Tribute to Neil Diamond takes the stage at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre Saturday, October 21st at 7
p.m., fans will be treated to an authentic and energetic 90-minute performance of the timeless hits and fan favorites that have
kept Neil in the hearts and minds of his adoring fans for five decades. Backed by the five-piece Jack Wright Show Band, the
22-song show includes fan favorites like Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Hello Again,” “Play Me,” “Song Sung Blue,” “I Am I Said,” and
“Coming to America.”
Jack Wright is not an impersonator. He relies on his natural singing voice, which closely resembles Neil’s, and his ability to
connect to his audiences with the same openness as the master entertainer himself. “I don’t try to shape my vowels to
match his. I don’t use over-the-top mimicry to create a nostalgic illusion of Neil’s early performances. It’s more important to
me to perform as Neil does today, and to faithfully present the very best performances of his five decades of superstardom.”
Jack has travelled a long road from boy soprano singing church songs for milk and cookies in Ogden, Utah, to seasoned
performer doing a full-on, energetic, passionate Neil Diamond tribute concert across the country.
He fell in love with the spotlight and the microphone as a small child, and the pure joy of being on the stage has been at the
heart of his performing career for decades. The “entertainer” in him found expression from high school through college in
musical theater and classical music performance, and that might have been his career path – except for the economic reality
that pop singers in lounge acts make more money.
Following one of the most challenging lead rolls in musical theater, as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, he literally “took
his act on the road.” During a continuous 13-year stint as a cover artist, he went from playing behind chicken wire in a
cowboy bar to years of repeat bookings at luxury hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada. And Neil Diamond
songs were the big draw.
Jack Wright’s tribute show is, in many ways, a coming together of a lifetime of experiences. The boy singer became the
young musician, the musical theater performer, the pop singer, the show and video producer, the composer and arranger.
And now, in the realization of yet another of his life dreams, Jack Wright has emerged, not as an impersonator, but as a
natural live performer of the best of Neil Diamond’s music. His voice is remarkably similar. His musical arrangements are
authentic and powerful. He explains the importance of the music this way: “I think part of the energy and emotions of Neil
Diamond’s songs comes from his musical arrangements. The only way to do them justice is to recreate the original music as
closely as possible – strings, bass, rhythm sections, woodwinds, brass – it all has to come together with that rich, full sound
that underpins and enhances his poetic lyrics. So I’ve spent years and thousands of hours recreating the best of his live-
Jack’s “gut feeling” for Neil’s music probably comes from the same place as it was originally written: a need to express life’s
ups and downs, hopes and aspirations, love found and love lost -- through words, melodies and expressive musical
arrangements. It’s a natural fit. And it comes through honestly and passionately in every performance.
In his words, “Neil Diamond is one of the most beloved performers in the past five decades. His music crosses generations
of fans. And like me, they can’t seem to get enough of it. The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is a perfect place for all of us
to get together for a rousing celebration of one of the world’s true superstars.”