Poise. Personality. Preservation. Vanessa Williams showed the Howard Theatre how the three principles continue guide her career into the right direction because simply put, Vanessa has “The Right Stuff.”
The seductive power of Teddy Pendergrass. The gospel grit of Patti Labelle. The vocal command of Jill Scott. These Philadelphia R&B influences form the soulful foundation of Jazmine Sullivan. The nine-time Grammy-nominated artist graced The Fillmore Silver Spring with the tone of less is more, demonstrating the power, range, and agility of her voice last Tuesday.
1996 was the year of attention grabbing breakouts: Hotlanta hosted the summer Olympics to catapult itself to the now entertainment mecca of the South, former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated the Macarena dance to the world, and Tickle Me Elmo arguably caused childhood frenzy. Though, in the world of RnB, Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, also known as Ginuwine, emerged out of the collaborative shadows of now superproducer Timbaland to start his solo career with the frenzied single, Pony! Two decades and seven albums later, the Grammy-nominated singer returned home to DC on Friday and reminded the Howard Theatre why he’s still the Same Ol G’.
To many, the number seven represents good luck or completion, which is very true and well-deserved for Amber Denise Streeter, otherwise known as Sevyn Streeter. The 30-year-old R&B singer is on the journey to transition from her skilled stint as a collaborator and songwriter to pop acts (Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Usher) into the realm of a top-notch R&B vocalist and performer. To add to two acclaimed EPs, Sevyn will release her debut album, Girl Disrupted, on January 27. In support of the album, Sevyn treated her DC fans to a show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday for her current tour, Girl Disrupted.