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Cyclists Getting Help From Pop Star

UTAH COUNTY, UT― Members of Y Cycling are getting a lift from an unusual source.  On October 26, pop songstress Julie de Azevedo will perform in concert at BYU's De Jong Concert Hall as a fundraiser for the young BYU club.

De Azevedo has performed in a string of benefit concerts, most recently in a fundraiser for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  She also performed on October 4 at the opening of the Special Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Her October 26 concert will be a lighter affair, featuring tunes from her latest pop offering, HELLO SKY. 

Earlier on the day of the concert, de Azevedo will make an appearance at the BYU Bookstore from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. to sign copies of that new CD.

Produced in Salt Lake City, this intelligent modern pop album shatters existing definitions of "local music" in Utah.  Critics are raving about de Azevedo's songwriting talent and her Salt Lake-based production team, both of which have previously been recognized with multiple PEARL Awards.

De Azevedo's music offers "hip groves with timeless sentiments -- the most inventive production and song crafting to come from a Wasatch Front artist," says Dick Diamond from

Opening for de Azevedo on October 26 at the De Jong Concert Hall will be local pop pianist Jared Johnson.  On stage, Johnson adds a new dimension to his music by actually drumming on the piano with his hands to produce a background beat.

Y Cycling was chartered in fall 1999 with the goal of promoting the sport of competitive cycling and representing BYU at competitions around the nation.  Since then, the club has doubled its membership, gained official racing status from the NCAA and represented BYU at the Collegiate Nationals in spring 2001.  The October 26 concert marks the second time de Azevedo has taken the stage on behalf of the club.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $7 in advance, $8 at the door, and are available at the Harris Fine Arts Center box office.

Download clips from the new album HELLO SKY at