Super awesome my second album “Larger Than Life” featuring the groundbreaking collaboration “Friends” ft. Eric B & Rakim, “Real Love” and the ballad “Everything” is amongst these great albums! When people tell you it can’t be done – prove them wrong, focus on your goals, always have a vision, work hard, pray and believe in yourself. Click to read the full list. Black Music Honors 2017 Crossover Music Icon Honoree
Looking forward to wrapping up a fantastic music summer at the intimate Yoshi’s Oakland featuring SRL. We’ll be previewing a couple of new songs from the groups “Bridges” project and I’ll be including the George Michael tribute I did earlier on the year with Act 1 of my solo set devoted to my solo debut. It’s always a party and it’s always great to see the fan community get together- Wattage Crew in full effect. Concerts are great to come and release some stress and get away from sone of the serious issues facing this country right now.
It was an epic night in Nashville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center as I was the recipient of the Crossover Music Icon Award. I’ll be doing a more extensive post but wanted to share a few photos.
En route in a custom couture lace tux by Kevan Hall.
Red carpet and a post show exchange with host Rickey Smiley about a “workers of inequity” inspirational video he posted last year that was very timely.
Dancers ready to back up Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green in the Jody Watley tribute.
Front row baby! Looking forward to a great show and nervous about what I was going to say because I didn’t write a speech, just wanted to be in moment and enjoy the night.
With Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green after the tribute- they were so awesome and kind wanting to do me proud – they did.
My dear friend , SRL mate and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy had all dancers on point for the night – and for moral support too!
With Teddy Riley and Damian Hall from Guy.
With my best friend Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc – friend through thick and thin.
Got a big hug from Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award – great to see them honored – overdue and well deserved.
They have pivotal moments in my life-making this night even more special.
You’ve got to be willing to be ridiculed to open the door wider for the next generation in life, music, politics – all of it.
I intended to make that point in my speech but ended up in another direction. It means everything to receive this recognition.
With renowned Hip hop /rap artist DaBrat.
With the incomparable Oleta Adams – she’s such a loving person too! I did the Colors of Christmas Tour with her several years ago and it was such a pleasure to sing with her – we also share a publicist and friend Tom Estey.
Backstage after the receiving my award for Crossover Music Icon. The statuette itself is so regal. I dedicated my award to my parents.
Rickey Smiley was a great host along with LeToya Luckett – I was doubled over in laughter.
Hanging out post show with LeToya Luckett- so kind. LeToya gave me the most exquisite perfume after I complimented how good she smelled (like gardenia and roses).
LeeLee from SWV always beautiful , effervescent and keeps it 100 – love and those ladies.
Watch the full clip.. I’m asked about Unsung..
One of the great nights of my life – this summer has truly been awesome despite all the ugliness of the world. I thank all past and present-and as always I look forward to keeping it moving to the next.
Thanks again Central City Productions, Don Jackson and Black Music Honors for truly making it a night to remember!
Airing Sept.2 syndicated television channels around the club and throughout October on Bounce network.
This show is also in support of funding for National African American Museum of Music.
As the world continues to turn for all of the bad and good..life keeps ticking. I choose to focus of the energy of always being the change I want to see and encouraging others – love is the message.
I’m Nashville as honoree “Crossover Music Icon” for my contributions to soul and pop music as trendsetter and Icon – it’s really even more special to be honored on same night as The Jacksons (rest in peace King of Pop Michael Jackson)..they were such an inspiration to me growing up as I’ve said along the way of my career and life journey- my Mom could tell you that! Music is such a powerful force in life. Heals, inspires, motivates, gives hope..and so much more. I’m so thankful to continue to spread joy and to also continue to inspire others to be yourself, stay strong and do you — no matter what people have to say.
The taping is this evening and will be televised in September and October.
We still have a long way to go as human beings on planet earth…
In Nashville, I came across the reminder of how those who fight for change with the system being as it is are often penalized. Hats off to fighters for civil and human rights then and now.
What the commemorative sign reads : “On February 13, 1960 124 students from Nashville’s historically black colleges and universities walked into Woolworth’s, Kress and McClellan’s and sat down at the lunch counters and asked to be served to no avail. The students also targeted Walgreens, W.T. Grant as well as Harvey’s, and Cain Sloan Department stores. Their goal was to desegregate Nashville lunch counters. The student protesters experienced no violence until February 27. On that day at Woolworth’s and McClellan’s white resisters threw the students from their seats, punched, kicked and spat upon them. Nashville police only arrested the student protesters. 81 students were arrested and charged with loitering and disorderly conduct. Two days later, the court fined each student 50.00. They took a principled stand and refused to pay the bail and spent 33 1/3 days in jail. ” let that sink in and fast forward to 2017
Music Honors, Rosero McCoy (SRL) choreographer for the Jody Watley Tribute and other artists in the show snapped this photo.