8th Step Presents: Deeper Than the Skin

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Eighth Step presents

Friday, November 22 – 7:30 pm – The Addy
A Musical Presentation About Race
Long-time friends Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris – both singer-songwriters and familiar performers on our stage, team up for “Deeper Than the Skin,” an electrifying and poignant musical exploration of their unique histories as a White man from the capital of the Confederacy and a Black man whose maternal ancestor was a slave on a plantation just outside of Richmond, Va. Together, Harris and Greenway have built a bridge between their lives through 30 years of friendship, shared goals and a passion to build community.

“‘Deeper Than the Skin’ is an absolutely amazing experience,” says Selma Civil Rights activist Rev. Gordon Gibson, author of Southern Witness, Knoxville, Tenn., in a review of the production.

Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him,” continues Rev. Gibson. “He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.” 

A songwriter of great insight, Reggie Harris both writes and sings from a deep sense of humanity and a uniquely positive world view. A musical trailblazer, he performs for audiences of all ages. Harris is a teaching artist for the John F Kennedy Center’s CETA program, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and director of music education for the UU Living Legacy Project.  A master song leader, he deeply values the power of song and the dignity of every human being. Reggie’s effervescently humor and hopeful presence have led fans to dub him ‘Ambassador of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.’ 

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