Soul Confidant Selected to Perform at Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival



Soul Confidant Selected to Perform at Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival

Nashville-Based R&B/Soul Band Featuring Tiffany Johnson Receives Rare Opportunity to Perform in Front of Hundreds of Participants and Attendees including Nashville Dignitaries at Shoney’s Annual Event Benefiting the MNPD

Nashville’s premiere annual family event is getting a shot of rhythm, blues and soul this year as Shoney’s today announced that Soul Confidant will headline its Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & FREE Festival, Saturday, May 7 at Nissan Stadium.

Soul Confidant, a Nashville-based R&B/Soul band featuring the powerfully soulful vocals of Tiffany Johnson, was selected by Shoney’s as the winner of its inaugural 5K Band Selection Contest, after fan voting narrowed the finalist field down to five. Soul Confidant will showcase its talent in front of hundreds of participants and attendees, including Nashville dignitaries. In addition to the great exposure, the winning band is receiving $500 for its performance.

Soul Confidant Selected to Perform at Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival

David Davoudpour, Shoney’s Chairman and CEO

“After careful consideration of the very talented bands who were nominated for this year’s contest, including factors such as social media interaction, Shoney’s felt that Soul Confidant was simply the best and right choice for our family-friendly event,” said Mr. David Davoudpour, CEO and chairman of Shoney’s. “Shoney’s Festival has always put the emphasis on fun because Shoney’s is a fun place. The highlight of the day’s event is the sense of community found following the race at our free festival. Shoney’s has always been about, fun, families and being a good neighbor and we know that this year’s 5K is going to top them all, thanks in part to the wonderful sounds of Soul Confidant.”

Soul Confidant Selected to Perform at Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival

This year’s 5K Fun Run will take place at Lot T beside Nissan Stadium, adjacent to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, on Saturday, May 7 at 9 am and for the 8th consecutive year, all proceeds from the event benefit the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The event will feature a FREE festival with something for the entire family after the race including listening to live music from Soul Confidant.

“Soul Confidant is so excited to perform at the Shoney’s 5K Fun Run here in Nashville!” said Tiffany Johnson with Soul Confidant. “Music City is full of talent, so to be nominated for the contest and then be chosen by Shoney’s as the featured band is just an honor. We can’t wait to play for all of the participants and their families. It will be a blast!”

Although the entertainment and festival are free, the entry fee for the Fun Run through May 6 is $30 and $35 on the day of the event.  Teams of 3 or more are $20 per person.  The entry fee for Shoney’s employees is $10, $25 for police cadets and $5 for students ages 11-18. Kids 10 & under are free. Registration is available via Shoney’s web site.

As he has in the past, Mr. Davoudpour will donate 100% of net proceeds to benefit the Metropolitan Nashville Police Support Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The foundation was established primarily to help defray costs for officers working to complete higher education degrees.  Through the generosity of Mr. Davoudpour, nearly $150,000 has been raised for the fund since the 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival began in 2009.  Dozens of officers have received higher education grants from the fund over the past two years.

Soul Confidant Selected to Perform at Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival

Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with approximately 150 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoneys, Instagram and YouTube.

Tiffany Johnson and Soul Confidant is a Nashville-based R&B/Soul band featuring the powerfully soulful vocals of Tiffany Johnson. During her teens and twenties, Tiffany toured the country with the gospel group TRUTH, which helped her develop her vocal sensibilities and soulful command of her singing voice. As a solo artist, she was the opening act for Bob Carlisle, NewSong and Ashley Cleveland, among others. Currently, she can be found performing locally at various Nashville venues with Soul Confidant, as well as backing up some of the most critically acclaimed artists such as Etta Britt, The Long Players and Lionel Cartwright, along with using her talents to further the mission of the charities such as Soles4Souls and Songs for Sound. Armed with a super tight rhythm section comprised of several Nashville studio musicians, Tiffany and Soul Confidant play wonderfully unique versions of some of R&B’s most memorable songs, from artists like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, as well as contemporary artists like Joss Stone, Sara Bareilles and Adele.