Just secured a spot for another bar performance. This time, I’m feeling a lot more physically, vocally, and mentally prepared. While perfection is something that all performers do strive for, as I admittedly do myself, I also am learning that it is about the connection an artist has with the audience. Performance is only another form of communication and for me, as an artist, I cherish that exchange since it is precisely what music entails. Nervous, but also — ready.
The 2019 Christmas Benefit Concert was quite a way to end the last year of the decade. While it happened two months ago, it feels as though it was only yesterday when I was invited by the concert host, Rory Seldon, to participate. To say the least, the concert was festive with the help of amazing musicians/ singers/ talents to spread the holidays cheers, lights to put us in the holiday spirit, and lastly, delicious food to bring us together at the dinner table.
As I have mentioned before, I feel so incredibly blessed to have participated in such an important event with people who share the love of the holidays and of course, music. The concert included performances of both the band Rory Seldon with InnerSession and Aretha Franklin’s manager of 25 years, H.B. Barnum’s LIFE Choir. I feel blessed to be in the presence of such phenomenal talent, it amazes me how great music can bring together a room full of strangers. While I only consider myself a rookie next to such professional acts, I only feel inspired to improve and grow as a vocalist myself. For me the concert, was the catalyst I needed to believe in myself, have faith, and go for my dreams— a leap of faith, I should say.
At the end of the concert, I had the chance of meeting Motown Singer Brenda Holloway, who also participated at the event and sounded so lovely. I had such an amazing time that the concert will remain an unforgettable memory of mine that I am so incredibly proud of and blessed for in the pursuits of my passion for music. I thought I’d share with you all pictures of the 2019 Christmas Benefit Concert that I will cherish for a long time, thank you again for sticking with me.
Had the opportunity to sing my heart out a bar in Los Angeles. I performed “Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox, one of my favorites at the moment. The club was filled with good vibes and so many talented artists that night. Though I waited nearly three hours to finally perform with a little alcohol in my system and almost no water.. I did the best I can vocally in spite of all the nervous. I know this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait for what else God has in store for me. So cliche, but if you truly put your mind to something you’re passionate about.. God will make miracles for you. Feel free to check out a clip of my performance here and my singing instagram here.
Yet another list of amazing oldie but goodies. Happy Saturday!
I Wanna Be Down by Brandy
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Something He Can Feel by Aretha Franklin
I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
Thought this post deserve one of its own. here’s to the Queen of Soul.
An icon who inspired generations of musicians and artists.
Original version belonged to Bobby Womack.
Taking it back as I always do for ya’ll. Here’s to some of the most amazing female artists out there since day one. Original Gangstas. Superwomen.
Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle / (1991 MCA Records Inc.)
Karyn White (1988)
Hi thought I’d start this new series where I share my playlist with ya’ll. Every so often, I’ll come across a song playing at my restaurant work, grocery store, clothing store that catches my attention and end up identifying it through the Shazam app. This app is probably the best thing ever invented and truly is a life saver. Because I find this happens often, I thought I’d share more of my musical taste with you guys as many of you have shown it hasn’t disappointed. Here’s to great music and living your best life!
I’m Ready by Tevin Campell
Going in Circles (The Ltj Soul Invention Remix)
Grease by Frankie Valli
It’s A Love Thing by The Whispers