Edwin McCain takes the stage at Capitol Theatre

Edwin McCain takes the stage at Capitol Theatre

Photo courtesy of CAPITOL THEATRE
Capitol Theatre welcomes Edwin McCain March 9.

CLEARWATER – Singer-songwriter and musician Edwin McCain will take the stage Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour.

Tickets start at $25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­ap.co­m.

His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts.

After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the U.S. as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.

Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; American Idol and The Voice contestants turn to McCain’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike. Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.

Earlier this year, McCain suddenly found himself with a whole new crop of fans when his “Flipping Ships” television show debuted on Animal Planet.

“Flipping Ships” took him from the chart tops to the boat shop – his very own Boats Have Souls, a restoration outfit dedicated to bringing life back to vessels and customizing them to perfectly fit their new owners.

“We started the business to put good boats into good families’ hands by restoring them in ways that might otherwise be financially out of reach,” Edwin said in a press release.

The blood, sweat and the occasional tear that he poured into his renovations fascinated viewers. The rehabbed boats have found new life and new owners, including a few nonprofit organizations in his home state of South Carolina. Just like his songs, McCain’s boats all have a story to tell; about the people who built them, McCain’s team who defies all odds to reconstruct them, and the families who take them home.

But McCain’s heart remains on the road.

Once the “Flipping Ships” season ended, McCain picked up his guitar once again and returned to the stage. Whenever he can, he likes to drop by favorite club haunts, a comfortable return to his early days that delights both his fans and himself.

“The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 41-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today and I remember that,” he said. “I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this.”

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