A Crystal Star Christmas Concert for Foster Children

Music for charity is the sweetest sound. Hugh Brockingham, Melony Varnado and I donated our voices to support children who are seeking supportive families. We weren’t the only ones, Judith Hill and Wayne Brady gave in appreciation for the cause. It was truly a pleasure to sing with them at this event.

A big thank you to Stacey Lamont Sydnor for introducing me to Crystal Starr who spearheaded this wonderful benefit. Crystal has a huge heart and her event was reflective of the dedication to foster children.

Thank you again for sharing this cause and giving me a great purpose for the holidays!

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In spirit: Celebration of Whitney Houston with Narada Walden at The Grammy Museum

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I felt so touched hearing Shelea cover Whitney Houston songs at the Grammy Museum. Her voice is absolutely amazing. I know how hard it is to do Whitney’s songs justice because of how much spirituality was infused in every run and every note of each song. Shelea did!! Please check her out on youtube when you get a chance.

Shelea sings a tribute to Whitney Houston

Narada Michael Walden has enough energy to fuel the world. He spoke about his career producing hits for Whitney Houston. It was inspiring to learn how much love was poured into each record.

Whitney was fearless. She was humble, loved her voice and lived big with a deep love of God. Narada remembers Whitney throwing a dinner for all the engineers and team who made the albums possible.

The second album was completed in two months. Narada shared advice with the audience, “Working fast is where it’s at. If something takes too much time. It wears out. Capture it and keep it fun and fresh.”

Whitney had the gift of improvisation. The ability to Capture a moment and the freedom to shift the music into fifth gear. Narada calls that gear God.

From an early age, Whitney has been able to deliver a deeply connected song through her voice. Rightfully so, as she comes from a family of amazing vocalists including her aunt Dionne Warwick and mother Sissy Houston.

Even her father would come by the studio and ask, “Are you taking time for yourself?”. Narada and Whitney would stop the recording session so she could talk with her father. This is the kind of support that Whitney was blessed with.

Narada has a new book out that shares more about their close friendship and working relationship. It’s called Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration.

Also, if you’re a fan check out Whitney’s version of Higher Love which apparently was unreleased.

Higher Love

Thank you for all you do!

Out and About with Ciara, Nina Storey and JoJo

Have you heard Nina Storey sing yet? I’m loving her new album which will be performed live on January 8th at Hotel Cafe. You can catch me singing on background vocals.

I met Nina at the first monthly Bacon Social music and art show initially, then I ended up joining in to sing backgrounds for the band a couple weeks ago. She is extremely talented and such a genuine person. Love working with her and the band. I will let her music and shows “do the talking.” Looking forward to continuing on. Plus I’m a big fan of Hotel Cafe. The crowd was completely engaged and the sound is amazing.

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I just discovered that Ciara is back in action! She has great presence on stage and her background dancers were on the money. I’m interested to hear her new music.

The Backpack Kids opened up for Ciara at the Key Club. Tommy Parker and Austin Brown are a fiery duo. Austin is on the rise with the support of the Jackson legacy. I love watching performers who look like they’re having a blast on stage. You can tell he loves what he’s doing! His music just hit the radio this week as well. Big movements to come for these talented folk.

The night before the Key Club show, I went with a friend to Austin’s birthday concert celebration where JoJo performed. She’s incredible. Her voice is big, soulful and so well controlled. Not to mention, she completely owns the stage. Every time I watch a live performance, I learn new ways to communicate with an audience on stage. Sounds contradictory, but performing is learning how to have a meaningful one-on-one conversation but in public. More outings and learnings to come.

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Here are the photos from JoJo and Nina Storey’s show:

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