Richie Havens with Jess Klein '95
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Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful, singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960's. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Presidential Inauguration in 1993, and coming full circle with the 29th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day in the Garden", in 1998. For three decades, Havens has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With over twenty albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a high one. As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me. I'm not in show business, I'm in the communications business. That's what it's about for me".