Ledisi “Let Love Rule" Tour w/ Melanie Fiona & Tweet
Melanie Fiona, Tweet
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
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Ledisi is a 12x Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the scene. She's earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed eight times at the White House. Her fans include icons, legends and current chart-toppers like Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder,Kehlani and more. She has headlined two national sold-out tours, performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Jill Scott, Maxwell and many more. She’s appeared on nationally recognized shows like Good Morning America, HARRY, The David Letterman Show, The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and VH-1’s Diva’s Live to name a few. In 2015 she appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie Selma as Mahalia Jackson and is currently starring in Gabourey Sidibe's Shatterbox Anthology film, The Tale Of Four. Ledisi released her ninth Grammy nominated studio album Let Love Rule, which features John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and B.J. The Chicago Kid among others. The album received three GRAMMY nominations in the “Best R&B Album,” “Best R&B Performance” (High), and “Best Traditional R&B Performance” (All The Way) categories.
Just like powerful music itself, the two-time Grammy Award winner Melanie Fiona exudes soulful charm, wit, and a genuine story-telling ability that expresses both vulnerability and strength. Her distinctive voice has captivated the hearts and minds of countless souls. The Toronto native, who is signed and managed by Title 9 Productions and co-managed by Roc Nation, is creating new awe-inspiring music that promises to infiltrate the psyche of her fans.
Melanie’s 2009 debut, The Bridge, was the formal introduction of what would become her bluesy, soulful signature: melodic tales of empowering emotional rollercoasters. The New York Times named The Bridge one of 2009’s best R&B albums. Her songwriting is braided with sad truths and balanced by glimmers of fulfilling romance; something the young woman firmly believes exists in this crazy world. The album’s breakthrough ballad, “It Kills Me,” topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks and earned Fiona her first Grammy nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.
Her first album was remarkable; and The MF Life, released in 2012 was the perfect follow-up. The MF Life, which features artists such as Nas, John Legend, J. Cole, B.o.B., and T-Pain, exhibits an admirable blend of artistic confidence and emotional vulnerability, while simultaneously illustrating her outstanding versatility as a singer-songwriter. The album reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. "Wrong Side of a Love Song”, written by Melanie, received a nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Following two Grammy wins in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B performance and Best R&B Song for Cee-Lo collaboration “Fool For You,” the songbird reached new plateaus in music, reinforcing the longevity of her career and continiuously keeping the public intrigued by her ability to pour her heart out over the guitar riffs. Since her debut, her artistry and hustle have not gone unnoticed. Melanie Fiona has received several awards, nominations, and honors including being named ELLE Magazine’s Top 25 Artists to Watch and iTunes’ Best New R&B/Soul Artist of 2009. She won the trophy for Best New Artist at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, as well as picking up four nominations at the 2010 BET Awards, plus a 2010 NAACP Image Award nod for Outstanding New Artist, a 2010 Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, and a 2011 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her guest appearance on “Wake Up! Everybody” by John Legend and The Roots featuring Common. Moreover, she was nominated for a 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Song and won a 2012 Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for “Gone and Never Coming Back”. Melanie has had the privilege to tour with acclaimed artists including Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo, in addition to headlining festivals in Europe.
Her sophisticated blend of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and classical flavors is ever evolving. While her sound is certainly contemporary, her approach reminds listeners of classic recording artists who were more concerned with making art than making money. One can feel the authenticity of her music while perceiving its freshness, as she mixes the old with the new. The songstress is currently working on her third studio album, “Awake,” due out in 2016.
Her undeniable talent, incredible voice, and striking beauty are the reasons she stands out from the rest and the reasons why she’s had staying power in the fickle, precarious music industry. Since emerging on the scene, songstress and songwriter Tweet, born Charlene Keys, has been a favorite for R&B music lovers. Now, after a six-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album Charlene, a testament to her professional, personal, and emotional evolution.
Charlene is more than just what some might call a “grown and sexy” album. It’s a soulful, beautifully candid album that showcases Tweet’s dynamic vocals, and her artistic writing ability. Charlene is food for the soul that will feed Tweet’s loyal fan base hungry for her return, and also pique the appetite of new fans with its powerful, expressive tracks delivered with passion and fervor, and a different, more mellow and poised sound than her previous hit albums, Southern Hummingbird and It’s Me Again.
It’s been quite an exhilarating and enlightening journey for Charlene Keys, who has carried the nickname Tweet since childhood. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Tweet grew up in the church, sometimes attending service seven days a week, and it was in the pews that her love for music began. She sang in the choir for years as a child, played the drums in the church band, and even became part of a gospel group that performed all over Rochester. “I come from a family of musicians, pastors, and singers,” Tweet says. “My dad was always singing in a group, and my mom was in a group with her brothers and sisters. So I’ve always been around music. It’s always been part of my life.”
In 1993, Tweet auditioned for a spot in the R&B group Sugah, the brainchild of DeVante Swing of Jodeci, who came to Rochester looking for a replacement for one of the group’s members. Tweet won the audition and stayed with the group until 2000, although the group never released an album. The group was part of The Basement Crew which featured Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Magoo, Playa, and Ginuwine. Even after the group disbanded in 2000, Tweet stayed in touch with Missy. So when it came time for Missy to record her So Addictive album, she called Tweet and asked her to sing background vocals. While recording with Missy, Tweet played a song she’d written on her guitar which made Missy set up a meeting with Tweet and Sylvia Rhone, then CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group. It was at that meeting that Tweet landed a solo record deal.
Between 2002 and 2005, Tweet cranked out hit after hit, from her provocative premiere single “Oops (Oh My),” the catchy “Call Me” (which went on to be an anthem for Verizon ads) and the hypnotic “Smoking Cigarettes,” from her debut album Southern Hummingbird, to the sultry “Turn Da Lights Off,” featuring Missy Elliott from her sophomore album, It’s Me Again. Her vocals were also featured on several tracks for Missy, Ja Rule, Timbaland, and Bubba Sparxxx. “I was surprised at how quick I blew up,” remembers Tweet. “When I went to do the background vocals for Missy, I wasn’t expecting to get a record deal at the same time. I didn’t have time to take it all in. It was like a whirlwind and I rode the waves. I never wanted to be a solo artist; I’d always been in groups. I was the shy girl. I was really surprised at how quickly I was accepted as a solo artist. That was a great time in my life.”
The good times came to an end after Rhone left Elektra and the label merged with Atlantic Records, which wasn’t sure what to do with Tweet. With It’s Me Again having no support behind it and the relationship issues she was having at the time with her then-boyfriend, Tweet reached a low point. “I was crying every day, drinking every day, and smoking three packs of cigarettes a day. I went into a deep depression,” she says.
She managed to pick herself back up after seeing gospel artist Tonex perform “Make Me Over” on BET. “I heard Tonex singing that record and I fell on my knees and prayed to God and asked Him to do exactly what the song said, to make me over,” Tweet recalls. “That meant leaving the music business and getting myself together and that’s exactly what I did. I found a church home and started getting my life together spiritually.”
Tweet spent the next six years out of the limelight, although she did sign a deal with Jheryl Busby’s Umbrella Records in 2007, but sadly, Busby died while they were working on the album and getting ready to release the first single. In 2011, she then signed with DuBose Music Group, and quietly released the five-track EP Simply Tweet in 2013. But it was after running into eOne Music’s Phil Thornton in 2014, that the second-act of her career was about to begin.
She signed with eOne and got back into the studio with her longtime friends and producers Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, John "Jubu" Smith, and Charlie Bereal to record Charlene. From the first single “Won’t Hurt Me,” an anthem for women completely over a bad or ungratifying relationship, to the alluring “Magic” where Tweet croons in her angelic voice, “It must be magic/ Cuz what you do to me, I can’t understand it,” to “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” where Tweet sincerely regrets ending a relationship, lovers of pure R&B music will find themselves in sonic heaven. Missy also makes an appearance on the new album and the musical chemistry that she has with Tweet on the Timbaland-produced track “Somebody Else Will,” is quite evident and nostalgic. Because of the many gems on Charlene, it is the type of album that can be listened to all the way through, over and over again.
Tweet says that Charlene illustrates how much her personal and professional experiences have shaped her. “I’ve evolved as a woman and I am much more wiser now. As an artist, I’ve totally matured vocally,” says Tweet. “I’m comfortable with myself and I don’t care what anyone thinks anymore. I still write about what’s going on my life, but I will never compromise my creative freedom like I did on It’s Me Again.” With its throwback feel to it, Charlene is a creative, confident, and superbly produced album sprinkled with what influenced Tweet growing up. “With the state of music these days, I found myself falling out of love with it. So I had to go back to the basics, back to when and where I first fell in love with it,” says Tweet. “I had to go back to what influenced me to make music in the first place. That’s what you will hear on Charlene—gospel, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin-inspired soul.”
Charlene Keys has come a long way. A few years ago, she was on the verge of giving up on the music business, but today she stands stronger than ever. A bolder, wiser, happier Tweet. She says her faith in God is what turned her life around. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t talk to Him,” she expresses. “I’m not perfect and I don’t always do everything right, but because of Him, I’m still here and that’s an amazing blessing. He is my strength, my source, and I couldn’t have done any of this without Him.”
$50.00 - $125.00
General Admission tickets go on sale Friday, March 2nd at 10am
VIP Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb 28th at 10am
• One premium General admission seated ticket located in the first 10 rows
• VIP early entry into the venue
• Exclusive preshow meet & greet with Ledisi
• Personal photograph with Ledisi
• Specially designed Ledisi tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only!)
• Autographed 8x10 photo
• Exclusive Ledisi VIP merchandise item
• Official VIP meet & greet laminate
• On-site VIP host
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