Heart and Soul: A Classic Rhythm and Blues Revue with Amy Black 7/25/19Thursday, July 25 2019 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Start
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Join Nashville-based songstress and songwriter Amy Black for a soulful evening of classic and original music by Etta James, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Mavis Staples, Otis Redding, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland and many others, all in support of a powerful cause...ending human trafficking.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Atlanta charity Street Grace, to further their work of ending human trafficking and caring for the survivors.
The evening will be hosted by Ernie Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, the former CEO of Street Grace.
Ernie, who will serve as emcee, is an award-winning sports broadcaster and sports journalist, most recognized for hosting TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal.
ABOUT STREET GRACE
Street Grace is one of the pioneers in the human trafficking “space” — a $290 million illegal industry in Georgia, alone. An Atlanta-based, faith-driven organization cthat collaborates with faith, business and community leaders to provide a comprehensive path to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States. DMST is sexual activity in which there is a promise of the exchange of something of value to a child or another person(s) for sex with that child. Street Grace mobilizes community resources – financial, human, and material – to fight DMST through awareness, education and action. More at www.streetgrace.org
ABOUT AMY BLACK
Amy Black has always been drawn to soul singers. But it wasn’t until she began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she found her musical sweet spot — and knew her next stop had to be the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she was meant to make — the sound of Memphis.
Her new album, Memphis, puts Black — already considered “a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter” by Elmore magazine — on the same continuum as soul sisters from Dusty Springfield, Ann Peebles and Mavis Staples to Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne. The players on the album include members of the Hi Records and Stax rhythm sections who played on all of Al Green's albums.
Infusing her vocals with Saturday-night sultriness and Sunday-morning gospel, slow-dance sexiness and fast-dance exuberance, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough with equal ease. The result is pure and authentic —and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Black says she hopes her albums Memphis & The Muscle Shoals Sessions inspire listeners to dig into this music as she has, and to explore “the history, the people, the stories” of these fabled place.