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Bilal

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May 24, 2013

Fri 6:30 PM

329 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654

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Performers:

  • Bilal
  • PJ Morton
  • Avery*Sunshine

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30.00

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PJ Morton: PJ Morton, a native of New Orleans, LA, most often describes his music as feel good music that lyrically tells stories about life and lovemusic that makes your heart think. He coins his style of music, soulful pop. This 25-year old musical prodigy is indubitably a true seasoned musician who has garnered a reputation for writing and producing warm, heart-felt, and infectious songs that engage the heart. His humble, yet aggressive spirit, along with his prolific musical talents has afforded him with many opportunities to fall comfortably into the music industry. With PJ's background in music, it is no wonder that he has found himself right at home in the music business. Coming from a musical background, PJ got his start singing in the church. He began to play the piano at the age of eight years old and by the age of 14, he was already writing and producing. His dream of becoming an artist began to take shape while he was in high school. PJ's hard work and dedication to his craft is gaining him national and international notoriety in the music industry. PJ is a Grammy-award winning writer and producer who can be cited for writing and producing for a wide array of artists. His creative prowess allows him to cross all genres of music. He has worked with a range of noteworthy artists from India.Arie to gospel superstar Fred Hammond. He recently teamed up with super producer Jermaine Dupri to co-write for such platinum artists as Jagged Edge, Monica, Heather Headley and LL Cool J. PJ just recently signed a publishing deal with Famous music publishing, the music publishing division of Paramount pictures. Having influences that range from Stevie Wonder to James Taylor, PJ reminisces on his childhood. "When I was younger, my mother would put on the Beatles and explain the songs it made me focus on the writers. Ive never been drawn to one style of music; its always been about the songwriters. Thats why Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Sting and James Taylor touched me so because of the songs." Because of the uniqueness of PJs music, one cannot place him in one specific category. He says it best by stating, "Whatever genre you can stick Stevie Wonder or Sting in .Ill take that!" He has the necessary ingredients it takes to break new ground; to be a trailblazer! Without so much as a second thought, he will raise the bar in the industry! If one had to use one word to describe him, it would be FREE, because he does not worry about much. In his own words, PJ sums it up, "I just keep moving, because I know that its not my fight anyway. So, I just do what I do and let God do the rest!!!"

Avery*Sunshine: Bursting from an array of musical brilliance, singer / songwriter / pianist AVERY*Sunshine emerges onto the scene with her soon to be released self-titled debut album. Rooted in gospel, she reaches deep into that cornucopia of style and sound and sings a song which articulates the complexities of life with luminous insight. Fluent in many languages from soul and house to classical and hip hop, AVERY*Sunshine expresses with a voice that speaks boldly and tells a uniquely familiar story…a story about love and loss…healing…and finding the newness of oneself in the midst of it all.

Who is AVERY*Sunshine? “I am a self-proclaimed therapist! I want to start the conversation that will lead to individual healing and in turn will affect our collective healing. Let’s get people talking about their experiences so that we can learn from them, grow from them and more importantly, move on from them. ”

AVERY*Sunshine is a native of Chester, PA where she nurtured a natural talent by singing in church and leading and directing choirs. A former member of the renowned Wilmington/Chester Mass Choir, she honed her vocal instrument and sharpened her ability to play piano in her hometown, then headed south to Atlanta, GA where she attended Spelman College. Though far from home, she was never far from her one true love – music. She embodies it. She lives to express through it. But AVERY’s talent couldn’t be contained within the walls and stained glass of the church for very long. Making her mark on the Atlanta-soul music scene, she and her Spelman sister, Broadway talent Maia Wilson, teamed up to form the singing duo DaisyRew; and later AVERY lent her voice to the soundtrack for Paramount Pictures’ THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS. In 2005, she was hired as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s stage play MEET THE BROWNS, and last year she was sought out by vocal great Jennifer Holiday to be choral director for the theatrical production of DREAMGIRLS during the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. AVERY*Sunshine recently made history with daily performances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO and four private events during the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

With vocals and lyrics that are thick and strong yet jazzy-smooth, coined ‘jazzgosoul’ by a personal friend, it’s easily recognized that AVERY*Sunshine has been singing all her life. However her sound and her music is perfected in collaboration with her musical partner Dana Johnson, a classically trained guitarist, gifted lyricist, producer and the man behind the tracks. What started in church at a young age has been refined by experience as she stands ready to proclaim her own story with her first CD project. “In the album I sing about my life – being a divorced mother of two, aging, being mean to the person I love. I sing about the possibility of being a single woman – indefinitely; as well as the feeling of being in love with my man before I even meet him. I also sing about the promise of God; the promise that He will never leave me or forsake me. The idea of never being left alone somehow makes things easier to deal with. Burdens seem lighter.”

Intent on shining by sharing her song with the world, AVERY wants you too to give yourself permission to “Get Your Shine On!” Whatever it may be. Are you getting your shine on? Are you using the gifts that God has given you? Are you walking in your calling? Let’s get started.

“There is not one fast-forward moment on the self-titled album- Avery’s warm tones Seduce”- Heart and Soul

“Warm Hugs from someone who’s pouring out her heart! An affectionate release with 12 enthralling and uplifting songs”- GA Music Magazine

“Light, Smooth and Contagious”- BET.com

“The eclectic soul singer/pianist delivers this smooth toe-tapper from her refreshingly original eponymous debut”- USA Today

“Musical Brilliance”- Digiwaxx

"There is something edibly scrumptious about the music of Avery*Sunshine. Her lovingly seasoned debut album serves as an inviting introduction to the Urban Alternative Contemporary market". Soultracks

“A radiant brand of soul delivered from the gut with a joyful smile. The comparisons to Jill Scott are inevitable if obvious, but you've got to have a shared reference point when you tell your friends about her album that's a bit of church with a smidge of doo-wop and quiet storm jazz” - Washington Post

“If you're already up on Miss Sunshine, then you know that her voice is a cure for the common R&B singer” - Soul Bounce

"Her songs are smart explorations of the heart with a refreshing dash of soulful humor, all bolstered by fluid production"- Jet Magazine- Jan 2011 issue

"When it comes to her voice, her stylish phrasing sounds effortless – and with some beautiful runs and great note choice, Avery shows us that she has truly got it". Soul Culture

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