September 3, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Rhonda Hamilton writes: The Detroit Jazz Festival got off to a spectacular start Thursday evening with fireworks in the sky and on the stage, as the voices of Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright rang out into the night and captivated the opening night crowd.
With near record breaking heat and high humidity in the Motor City over the last few days, the word perspiration doesn’t fit the bill. We have all been sweating but within the first few seconds of Sing The Truth!, I literally felt chills. These three incredibly gifted artists, each with her own distinctive style, put on a show that energized the audience and made us glad to be alive.
Dianne Reeves sings with the clarity, confidence and passion of an artist who has earned diva status. In complete command of her instrument, she knows how to weave a spell, create drama and take the music higher.
Angelique Kidjo carries the spirit of Mother Africa within her soul. Her voice, her dance, her exuberance have the power to make you scream.
Lizz Wright embodies youth and beauty and grace. Despite her young years she has the heart of a woman and the wisdom to match. With a voice like warm honey she digs deep and brings up a well of emotion with each performance.
During their months on tour, Dianne, Angelique and Lizz have developed a strong bond, clearly inspiring and learning from each other. They share the love and they “Sing The Truth.” Don’t miss our broadcast Labor Day Monday at noon.
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