What would American music, or culture for that matter, look like without the rich contributions of African Americans? It stretches the imagination to conceive of a world without Pop music, Rock & Roll, Blues & Jazz. Music is a sort of living timeline, evolving from generation to generation, but never loosing connection with roots that go back hundreds, if not thousands of years. In the words of President Obama, “Generations of African Americans have carried forward the musical traditions of their ancestors, blending old styles with innovative rhythms and sounds… African-Americans have always had a hand in shaping the American sound.”. We’d like to take that a step further and say that there is no sphere of modern music that hasn’t been profoundly effected by the contributions of African Americans. TheShowStore.com is pleased to pause and honor African American Music Appreciation Month.
Below are three dynamic entertainers who embody this rich musicial heritage:
The Grammy Award winner, Lisa Fischer, famed back-ground singer for Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Sting, Bobby McFerrin holds her own on stage with a new program sure to delight all audiences. Learn More & Review Video Reel and Review the Recent NY Times Feature on Lisa.
“When I hear Connie James sing, it’s like I’m hearing a song I already know… for the first time. She is truly one of the finest singers I’ve ever known,” writes Lee Bell, of The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach. Learn More & Review Video Reel.
Gloria Lynne is an American Treasure. In addition to her performances and recordings, Lynne received the International Women of Jazz Award and she was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Other awards and recognitions include the National Treasure Award from the Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company (2003); induction into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame; Living Legend Award from the State of Pennsylvania (2007). On May 6, 2008, Gloria Lynne was presented with a special award for ‘Outstanding Achievement In Jazz’ at the New York MAC Awards and on October 22, 2010 she was honored at the Schomburg Library in NYC by Great Women In Music founder Roz Nixon for her many contributions to the music industry and the world. – Learn More and Hear Audio.