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Jules Shear

The GRAMMY Museum will welcome singer/songwriter Jules Shear to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and conversation, hosted by music journalist Roy Trakin. With 40-plus years in the music business, Shear first began with the Funky Kings, before moving on to Jules and the Polar Bears and then an impressive solo career, with hits like Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night,” The Bangles’ “If She Knew What She Wants,” and his own “Steady,” a co-write with Lauper. Shear also had catalog mainstays such as Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers’ “If We Never Meet Again”, Til Tuesday’s “[I Believed You Were] Lucky” and Alison Moyer’s Top 20 UK hit, “Whispering Your Name.” Not to mention, Shear was also the host (and co-creator) of the influential MTV Unplugged. In November 2017, Shear released his 13th studio album. With just piano, vocals and the occasional harmonica interspersed, the 13 personal songs on One More Crooked Dance—its title a sly, Leonard Cohen play on man’s favorite sport—evoke the likes of Bob Dylan, Elton John, Randy Newman, Brian Wilson, Neil Young. Shear will admit One More Crooked Dance is not a young man’s album, but is from someone who has lasted over two decades with wife and creative partner Pal Shazar, and is now examining that relationship in terms of his own mortality.