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Singer/songwriter lends ballads to Center Points cause
Matthew Perryman Jones will perform a benefit concert Saturday night at Pearce Auditorium. - photo by For The Times

Matthew Perryman Jones
Concert benefitting Center Point
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville
How much: $12 advance, $15 at the door

If you haven’t picked up Matthew Perryman Jones’ 2008 album, "Swallow the Sea," you’ve no doubt heard his music through another pop culture medium — television.

Jones’ heart-wrenching indie pop ballads have been featured on hit TV shows such as "Grey’s Anatomy," "One Tree Hill" and "Bones," among others. And he will bring these tunes to Pearce Auditorium at Gainesville’s Brenau university on Saturday night as a fundraising concert for Center Point.

Center Point was formed in 1967 by area churches to offer religious education classes to public school students. The classes are allowed as long as the center accepted no public money and held classes off the Gainesville High School campus.

Originally called the Christian Education Center, the organization changed its name to Center Point to reflect its wider mission, which today includes counseling, mentoring and alcohol and tobacco programs.

Growing up in Atlanta, Jones learned to love Athens bands like R.E.M. and Guadalcanal Diary. Along with influences from fellow indie rockers like Echo and the Bunnymen, U2 and The Pixies, he began playing the Atlanta music scene as a teenager. By the 1990s he was fronting rock bands with steady gigs at Eddie’s Attic.

Today he lives in Nashville and has three albums and one EP under his belt.

On "Swallow the Sea," Jones’ rich vocals blend with soft yet strong melodies. "Save You," featured on TV shows such as "Private Practice" and "Grey’s Anatomy," pulls particularly hard at the heart, but most songs in his catalog keep in tune with his style of deep emotion carried by a gritty yet soulful voice.