*“It’s full of high energy,” four-time Grammy Award nominated Ledisi said about her “Pieces of Me” Tour which arrives inBaltimoreNovember 23, 2011 at the Lyric Opera House. “It’s a show with ballads and outfits that I love …fun times, it’s a ‘we’ show, not a ‘me’ show.”
The “Pieces of Me” Tour is to promote her current album of the same name on Verve/Universal, which features guest vocals by Jaheim on the “Stay Together” track.
The show is 90 minutes long and Ledisi said she was sure someone will be unhappy because she couldn’t fit all six of her albums into the set.
“It’s bigger than I am use to. Normally I’m opening,” Ledisi said about the tour.
Ledisi’s “Pieces of Me” project offers 12 powerful numbers that speak to the human spirit of which we all share, which is why I could relate to some of the selections, as I know the listeners will also.
The tour will have some dates with Timothy Bloom, Eric Robertson and Rashaad Patterson opening the show for her.
“It’s intimate, DC andOaklandare sold out,” she added about the 24-city tour.
My favorite songs on the “Pieces of Me” album include the title track, a cute Pop/R&B number; “Hate Me,” a soulful selection; “Raise Up” a funky number that show Ledisi’s powerful vocal ability, and “I Miss You Now,” a sweet R&B love ballad.
Sheryl Lee Ralph host her 21st Annual DIVAS Simply Singing AIDS Benefit Concert
*I was invited to cover the red carpet arrivals of actress/AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 21st Annual DIVAS Simply Singing AIDS Benefit Concert at The Wilshire Ebell Theater inLos Angeles. Ralph had a long list of “divas” there to support her.
“Visit us at TheDIVAFoundation.org and TestTogether.org,” Sheryl Lee said repeatedly to the crowd of media lining the red carpet to the benefit concert.
Accompanied by her daughter Coco and her husband Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, Ralph was there to greet her guests that included Raven Symone’ – accompanied by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy youth troop; Frenchie Davis, Neicy Nash, Shanice Wilson and husband Flex Alexander; Loretta Devine; Alia Rose (Teena Marie’s daughter), Bonnie Pointer, and Michael J. Fisher and the Voices of Destiny.
“Next year every station that gets this show televised is going to get “a” show.” Sheryl Lee Ralphs pointed out to the cameras. “This is the longest running AIDS event in the country!”
Jacob Latimore opens ‘Scream: The Next Generation Tour,’ arrives at Club Nokia November 13, 2011
*“The tour has been wonderful,” young R&B singing/dancing sensation Jacob Latimore said about this opening act performance gig on the “Scream: The Next Generation Tour” which arrives at Club Nokia Sunday, November 13, 2011. “I’m loving it. They try to make it all fun.”
Latimore is currently preparing for the release of his debut album on RCA Records and will be performing the first single, “Like ‘Em All,” which features rapper Diggy Simmons – who is headlining the “Scream Tour” along with Mindless Behavior.
“I perform the original with Diggy in the concert, but I am currently promoting the remix which features new rapper Isa,” he pointed out.
Only 15 years old Jacob started at a young age in his native Milwaukeeat nine singing and dancing as he studied The Temptations and B2K. After a move to Atlanta and connecting with Rodney Jerkins, R&B singer Lloyd and producers Corna Boys and Rico Love, he caught the eye of RCA A&R Wayne Williams. Jacob was immediately signed to the label and handed over to house-managers Larry Rudolph and Jeremy Geffen.
“All my credit goes to God and having a great team,” Latimore said about his success thus far. “I’m still learning the business.”
“Like ‘Em All,” the original with Diggy, is produced by Infinity. Jacob is also getting into acting and will appear in the feature film Vanishing on 7th Street starring Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton.
To others young artists trying to achieve their dreams to become entertainers Jacob Latimore said, “Work hard and keep God first…Make sure you try to perfect your craft.”
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)