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CCPA rings in the holiday season with Colors of Christmas
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 10, 2010

Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Oleta Adams and Stephanie Mills perform live.

For 17 seasons, the spirited Colors of Christmas extravaganza has graced the stage at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) with holiday melodies and Pop music. This yearly celebration returns with two-time Grammy winner Peabo Bryson again headlining a dazzling array of entertainers that includes James Ingram, Gospel great Oleta Adams, and Grammy winner Stephanie Mills.

Performances are at 8:00 PM on Saturday, December 11 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 12. Tickets, priced from $95-$50, can be purchased at the CCPA Ticket Office, at, or by calling (562) 467-8818.
Backed by a full orchestra and a Gospel choir, Bryson, Ingram, Adams, and Mills individually and collectively deliver greatest hits and yuletide favorites in the CCPA’s holiday spectacle COLORS OF CHRISTMAS. 

Cited by Billboard for his “premier silky” vocals, renowned R&B and Soul singer PEABO BRYSON has rocked music charts with the No. One song If Ever You’re in My Arms Again; By the Time This Night Is Over; What You Won’t Do for Love, a duet with Natalie Cole; and Tonight I Celebrate My Love, a collaboration with Roberta Flack.

Bryson won Grammys for his duet with Céline Dion, Beauty and the Beast, and his Oscar-winning duet with Regina Belle, A Whole New World from the hit movie Aladdin. Throughout his career, Bryson has amassed a faithful fan base, critical acclaim, Gold albums, and a plethora of awards and honors for a long string of popular hits, including Count on Me, I Promise I Do, and Don’t Make Me Cry. His stirring 2007 song Missing You became an anthem for the U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. 

Called a “rich-voiced songbird” by the Los Angeles Times, Soul-Pop sensation JAMES INGRAM intoxicated fans worldwide with his first hit, Just Once, and the Grammy-winning songs One Hundred Ways and Ya Mo B There, a collaboration with Michael McDonald. The Grammy winner for “Best R&B Vocal Performance,” Ingram garnered great success for his collaborations with other musicians. Baby, Come to Me, a duet with Patti Austin, soared to the No. One spot on the Pop chart. Somewhere Out There with Linda Ronstadt, the theme song from the hit film An American Tail, was nominated for an Oscar and Grammy.

Rolling Stone magazine praised Gospel great OLETA ADAMS, noting that “[her] exquisite voice is an instrument whose high end vibrates in stunning clarity and whose bottom range resonates richly.” Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One, which went Platinum, and the hit Get Here, the four-time Grammy-nominated singer has impressed legions of fans and critics globally with her crossover into Soul, R&B, Urban, and Pop music. The New York Times hailed, “She dares to be overtly inspirational, vulnerable and loving.”

Grammy winner STEPHANIE MILLS broke into show business with the lead role in the successful Broadway play The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic book The Wizard of Oz.  She was a steady presence on R&B and Soul music charts with the Grammy-winning Never Knew Love Like This Before, If I Were Your Woman, How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?, the passionate ballad I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love, and her signature song Home. The New York Times called her voice an “extraordinary” mix of “the kittenish and the ferocious.”

For tickets or more information on Colors of Christmas at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to

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