Happy Sunday Loved Ones!
Things have been happening so fast around here, I have to make sure I'm reaching out to you so that you'll be in the loop with all of the awesome-ness that's going on ;).
I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far. I've been on an amazing musical roller coaster since 2018 started.
Scroll down to read about all of the happenings, whew!
All pics below are courtesy of Ryan Landell.
First, I wanted to share the second video from Jan 9th and our MLK Humanitarian Concert.
I sang a Jazz classic, 'Blues in The Night' and had such an awesome time with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra!
I can't even begin to tell you how nervous I was, singing for a crowd that large. There were reports that at least 50,000 fierce women (and men) were at the march that day, so I felt especially honored to be asked by my friend SuCh, Angela Astle of the Athena Project Arts, and the March on Colorado commission to be there!
Just too grateful and excited about that moment in time, I'm still pinching myself!
Can I just tell you how grateful I am with all of the opportunities that have come since we've moved to Denver? And how incredibly excited I am to be having these ah-may-zing performances with my sistagirls SuCh and Kerrie?
BlackGirls are winning in Denver, chile. And I, for one, truly can't wait to see what the rest of 2018 brings.
That said, Loved Ones, scroll down for info on my upcoming performances (I'm acting in a PLAY, can you believe it? ;)) The next few months are going to be packed with activity, and I am so excited and ready to get started!
As always, I thank you all so much for your continued support, and I hope to see you out at a live concert or event soon!
P.S. 'Soulful Sundays' comes back next week with new 'duet videos' & more. Cant wait to share these clips with you too!
All my love,
COLORISM PLAY: Breaking the Chains of Complexion
One of the things I've been wanting to do since moving to Denver, is to expand the work that I do as an artist. I love to sing, but I've also been very interested in getting into acting as well.
I used to act in plays and theater troupes all throughout high school, so it feels awesome to be returning to a part of my creativity that I haven't explored in a while!
That said, I took a huge leap of faith and auditioned for (and was accepted in) a play here in Denver, called 'Colorism'.
It's presented by this amazing group called 5280Artist Coop (led by '3 ladies & a man' ;)).
Check out their dope Mission Statement here:
'5280 Artist CoOp is a company formed for the purpose of bringing artists together from all disciplines to produce great art that touches the heart of our community. Through poetry, theatre, music, and fine art we strive to deliver experiences that capture the imagination, warm the heart, and uplift the spirit.'
ABOUT COLORISM: 'Back by popular demand with a new and exciting cast. The stage play Colorism - "Breaking the Chains of Complexion", thoughtfully explores the dynamics of intra-racial discrimination. It is written and directed by Denver's own Kenya Fashaw.
5280 Artist Coop invites you to come hear the compelling stories told by Dark & Light Skin Brothers and Sisters. They will make you laugh and tear your emotions to the bone.'
This play is soooo thought-provoking, and it sparks some true emotions about our community and how we can learn from our past mindsets and practice more unity as we work to figure out how to move forward in today's current climate.
I love how it challenges my thinking as a Woman of Color and an artist, and I'm so honored grateful to be a part of such an awesome project.
I don't want to tell you much more about it because I'm hoping that you'll come and see it if you live in Denver!
The play opens on Friday, February 9th and runs each weekend through February 25th.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DATES
I have a lot of awesome music coming up for you in the next few months, Loved Ones.
Check out my list of performance dates here, and hopefully I'll see you out at a show soon!
January 31st *NEW DATE*- Jazz w/Stu MacAskie @The Crimson Room (9p-12pm)
Feb 9-25th- 'Colorism' Play w/5280 Artists Coop
March 3rd- The Laughing Goat, (my first gig in Boulder, yay!)
March 10th- Rajdulari w/The Colorado Women's & Men's Chorales (@Augusta Lutheran Church)
March 17th- The Triad Theater (w/special guest, Monique Brooks-Roberts!)
May 31st- Quinlan Cafe @Swallow Hill (Acoustic Gig w/Andrew Friedrich)