@USCafe presents “One Accord” with @AverySunshine, @RonJamesMusic, @Jon_Winstead, Jo Rozier, D-Revolution and Tia of Gravity
Urban Soul Cafe` hosted an evening of great music and spoken word on one stage at Dr. Bobby Jones’ Visions Production Studio in Nashville on Friday night. By providing a platform for talented local and national artists, Urban Soul Cafe is continuously offering their audience an opportunity to enjoy a night out, in a Christian based atmosphere, void of alcohol, smoking or cursing.
Jo Rozier, native of Georgia, opened the show, performing a medley of gospel hits that provided a great segue into D-Revolution’s set. Most know the revolution will not be televised, but D-Revolution is using his gift of spoken word to bring knowledge to the masses. Jazz saxophonist, Ron James, gave his instrument a voice by playing traditional hymns with an updated more current arrangement.
Tia of Gravity, delivered a spoken word piece so powerful, it brought tears to my eyes. As a mother of two and entrepreneur it was like she was reading the words of my journal as she spit lyrical fire for the crowd; she left us wanting more. Jonathan Winstead and the band showed up and showed out, bringing the best of soul to the stage; his performance was emotionally stirring as he shared a personal saga he’s dealing with through tears.
The headliner, Avery*Sunshine, opened her set with “I Got Sunshine,” which is on her album, and illuminated the room with her “Voice of Light.” After paying homage to artists that came before her with a musical tribute, she continued to share songs from her self-titled album, among them; “Pinin’,” “The Most,” “Ugly Part of Me,” “Today,” and closed with “All In My Head.” Joined by producer Dana “Big Dane” Johnson on guitar, and Ron James on alto sax, Avery’s performance was both honest and engaging.
She called her Mom, talked to the band, talked to the crowd, played her keys, sang her songs and held the entire room’s attention with her performance; if she performs near you, go see her — you will not be disappointed. Overall, it was a wonderful evening that brought immense talent to the stage, and I was happy to be a witness. Earlier in the day Avery and I sat down for an interview on behalf of Root Magazine, which will be on stands in January, keep your eye out for that special Stellar Awards issue.
If you want to keep up with Avery*Sunshine, go to her website here; she’s also on FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter. Ron James is on Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace too. Jo Rozier is also on FaceBook, here. If you’re interested in hearing more music from Jonathan Winstead, he also has a Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace. Spoken word artists D-Revolution and Tia are both on FaceBook as well.