Out & About – November 15, 2015

1 and 2: Holy wow! Matt Maher appeared on the same stage as Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Fray, comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor Jim Caviezel, and yes, Pope Francis, when he performed for the masses during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Maher took a break in the VIP room to talk with his wife Kristin and Jim Caviezel, along with Gaffigan.

3: Provident artists Jon Guerra, Jason Crabb and Tim Timmons, along with Made To Thrive’s new artist Hannah Kerr, enjoy some communal van time in between sessions during the Christian Music Broadcasters Conference at Disney World.

4: CBS Evening News visits Muscle Shoals for a chat with FAME Studios founder Rick Hall about his new autobiography, The Man From Muscle Shoals (Heritage Builders Publishing), which chronicles his production of such legendary artists as Aretha Franklin, Wilson PickettEtta James, Candi Staton, AlabamaTom Jones, The Osmonds, Clarence Carter, Wayne Newton and countless others.

5: Mark Strassmann from CBS interviews gospel and soul great Candi Staton inside FAME Studios about what it was like to record at the historic venue in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement.

6: Anytime Stevie Wonder hits the road, it’s a happening, but considering he’s currently playing the game-changing “Songs In The Key Of Life” album in its entirety, it’s nothing short of must see show. “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” and “Have A Talk With God” were our top picks at the Chicago performance of the 1976 masterpiece that’s influenced practically everyone in soul, funk, pop, gospel and rock yet still sounds ahead of its time. (Photo by Andy Argyrakis)

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Andy Argyrakis
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Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).