Julie Gold to Perform at Southern Door Community Auditorium

The Southern Door Community Auditorium presents an evening with Grammy winner Julie Gold on Jan. 25 at 7 pm. It’s was twenty years ago when Julie Gold won a Grammy for writing Bette Midler’s smash hit, “From A Distance.” With over four million plays on radio, the song became a modern standard and changed Gold’s life.

Gold was working as a secretary for HBO in New York when a telephone call from Nanci Griffith changed her life. An aspiring singer/songwriter, Gold had been waiting for her big break when a tape of her song, “From A Distance,” was sent to Griffith by singer/songwriter Christine Lavin. Griffith was so impressed by the song that she called Gold seeking permission to cover it on her album, Lone Star State of Mind. Griffith’s recording was only the first of numerous renditions of Gold’s tune. In addition to Bette Midler’s 1990 interpretation, which received a Grammy award as Song of the Year, the song has been covered by an eclectic range of artists including James Galway, Jack Jones, Patti LaBelle, Cliff Richard, Donna Summers, Phil Coulter, Kathy Mattea, the Bryds, Judy Collins, Patti Lupone and the Texas Boys Choir.

Michael McKinnon

Michael McKinnon, a multi-talented musician and singer, will be the opening act for Gold. McKinnon is a senior at Southern Door High School who is active in concert choir, the annual high school musical as well as writing and performing his own music. Later in the evening, Southern Door’s Middle School choir students will join Gold for her performance of “From A Distance.”

Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information visit or call 920.493.5979.

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