Beyond Mask Expressions presents
My Sunshine has Come performed by ADTI Choir and Moroccan Ensemble
feat. Therapeutic Noh Theatre Troupe, Yahzarah, Gordon Chambers
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 6:00 PM
Critically acclaimed R&B vocalist YahZarah's most recent album The Ballad of Purple Saint James was released on The Foreign Exchange Music. The 13-track set, overseen by Grammy-nominated production duo Nicolay and Phonte of The Foreign Exchange, represents her brightest, most complete work to date. YahZarah, a singer-songwriter who first made her mark as a background singer for Erykah Badu, always delivers a showstopping performance with her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence
After amassing an impressive collection of prestigious awards and penning hit songs for some of R&B's most iconic legends such as Anita Baker, Beyonce, Usher, Brownstone, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, and The Isley Brothers, esteemed Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers is on the precipice of yet another exciting milestone in his career as a recording artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. Featuring production by The BeatBanggahz (Kenny Lattimore, Trey Songz, J. Holiday); A. Jermaine Mobley (Music Soulchild, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Thomas, Eric Roberson), and Chambers himself—alongside flavorful newcomers Darien Dorsey, Blake Melodius and Mike Severson, Sincere effortlessly melds a pop/ R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike.
The album is the result of Chambers employing a decidedly democratic approach to the creative process. "I didn't have a premeditated vision for the album," he admits. "For me, the process of making this album was more like being a curator: taking the pieces and elements around me to pastiche them together and tell a story." In sharing the reigns of creative control, the creation of the album proved to be somewhat of a watershed moment for Chambers. "This time, I let the production team take control—especially Darien Dorsey, who produced four songs for me. Even though I was older and more experienced than the producers on this album, they were not so in awe of me that they couldn't direct the sessions in the right direction." The result is a melodic 12-track opus with a young, vibrant energy and sound all its own. Coinciding with this change in musical direction, Chambers also witnessed tremendous growth as a songwriter during the creation of Sincere. "Obviously you can't ignore the new sounds," he says. "But if you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear that I'm speaking more honestly as a songwriter on this specific album – reflective of my own life – than ever before."
"There are many sounds on this album, but I think there's truly something for everybody on this album," says Gordon. "A lot of the great artists of our time have taken chances. I took chances sonically this time, because change is inevitable. This is an album that is reflective of where I am in this moment in time. Sincere has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This is the chapter I'm writing at this point in my career. And the way it's sequenced, it takes the listener from the current to the classic. It's a nice journey. You cook with what's in the kitchen at the time."
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