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Sept. 13, 2007

Queen Latifah performs in Hancher Oct. 1 on 'Trav'lin' Light' tour

Queen Latifah's new Verve recording, "Trav'lin' Light," will be released on Sept. 25, and the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will be the second stop on her 32-city "Travl'in' Light" tour -- at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Produced by three-time Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma and by Grammy-nominated producer and Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the recording is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated 2004 release, "The Dana Owens Album," which was certified Gold.

"Trav'lin' Light" is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul and blues, featuring guest artists including Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Joe Sample and Christian McBride. Once again she embraces a sultry mix of fabled female vocalists who have inspired her, including Peggy Lee, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, Roberta Flack, Mary Wells and Phoebe Snow, performing both well-known classics and forgotten jewels.

A multifaceted talent, Latifah is a rapper, singer and actress whose work has been honored with a Grammy Award, five more Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

A native of Newark, N.J., Latifah started her career beatboxing for Ladies Fresh, leading to a recording contract for her first solo album, "All Hail the Queen." That critical and commercial success was followed by "Nature of a Sista" and "Black Reign," which included the Grammy-winning hit, "U.N.I.T.Y."

She has made guest appearances on recordings by artists including Black Sheep, Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Erykah Badu, Living Colour, Brandy, Luther Vandross, Meredith Brooks, Naughty by Nature, Pat Benatar, Quincy Jones, Salt 'n' Pepa and Take 6.

But this summer Latifah changed gears, making her live jazz-singing debut at the Hollywood Bowl, performing standards old and new with a 10-piece orchestra before an audience of more than 12,000.

Latifah's success as a recording artist has been intertwined with her active career as an actress. For five years she not only starred on the sitcom "Living Single," but also wrote and performed the theme. For two years she hosted her own talk show and this year she garnered an Emmy nomination for the TV movie "Life Support."

Her big-screen film career began in the early 1990s with "House Party 2," "Juice" and "Jungle Fever," and her more recent film projects have included "Living Out Loud," "The Bone Collector," "Chicago," "Bringing Down the House," "Scary Movie 3," "Barbershop 2," "Beauty Shop," "Last Holiday," voice acting in "Ice Age: The Meltdown," and, of course, as Motormouth Maybelle in the recent hit "Hairspray."

In 1999 she published a provocative autobiography, "Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman."

The Oct. 1 concert is supported by the Office of Diversity and Employee Network Groups of Rockwell Collins, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Queen Latifah's "Trav'lin' Light" concert are $50/45/40; UI student, $40/36/32.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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