Thursday, May 23, 2019

Barbria DeÁnne - Live At The 'BELI'

Hey Barbies,

Barbria DeÁnne is Back At The ‘BELI’ Memorial Day Weekend,

May 24th & 25th.

Come out and witness R&B (Randy and Barbria) back together again at Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar.  This promises to be a show you won't want to miss.

Also, Barbria's Long Awaited Live CD will be on sale the night of the performance. 

Reserve your copy today!!!
(770) 664-8055

The Location is at the following. 

3000 Old Alabama Road
 Johns Creek, GA 30022

 Make your reservations today
 (770) 664-8055.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Night I Met Nancy Wilson

I can’t even begin to tell you how much this Woman, Artist, Actress, Stylistically Beautiful Song Stylist meant to my musical journey.

Back in the day I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Wilson.

One Friday evening in Chicago, I happen to be performing at a supper club called, The Greenery while Ms Wilson was performing on the opposite corner at A club called, DeJoie`s Bistro.

During our set, due to the long lines outside to see Ms. Wilson,  a lady walked in and decided to have dinner and listen to us perform, while waiting for Nancy’s next set. 

After our set the woman, called me to her table to let me know how much she enjoyed my singing.  She then asked me what was I doing after my show.  I thanked her and let her know I was free as a bird.  She then preceded to tell me she was Nancy Wilson’s best friend and she wanted me to meet her.  I immediately thought the woman was crazy, however, I’m one for a good gotcha story so I said sure, let's go.

Well the end of our show came and I walked down the street with this woman right to the front door of DeJoie`s, completely bypassing the line.  Still skeptical,  I was thinking ,what now, every seat is full.  Just then, a table was brought to the front of the stage and we were seated.

I was literally front and center watching Nancy Wilson perform.  Close enough to count the rhinestones on her dress.  Which was beautiful by the way.  Now I must say that at the time I was a vocal jazz performance major at DePaul so I was beyond thrilled, But I digress.

Nancy was on fire .  I hung on to every single note, diphthong and breathtaking utterance.  She was Fabulous right to the end.  During her encore she motioned to security to lead me and this woman,  I initially thought was crazy, to the back stage area... so I thought. 

Upon Ms Wilson’s last note, the woman and I were taken downstairs to the dressing room.  At this point the mere fact that I hadn’t passed out was amazing.  I just kept telling myself; be cool, Barbria, please be cool. 

Just then in a White terrycloth robe, Nancy Wilson walks through the door. Still stunning but in total chill mode.  Wow.

I was formally introduced to Ms. Wilson , however Nancy was not a mere hand shaker.  Nancy Wilson embraced me with a huge hug then grabbed my cheeks and shook my head while saying I reminded her of her.  “You look like me” she said.  And all I could say was “thank you, I think you’re beautiful." While still trying to tell myself to be cool, I thought I was seriously losing the battle.

Oh My Gosh,  is this happening?

For the next few minutes Nancy Wilson and I along with her friend talked Jazz standards, techniques and the importance of keeping a since of self and portraying that through your music.  A valuable lesson I have and will keep with me forever.

Just when I could not have been any more amazed by this incredible woman, Jesse Jackson Jr. walked in. Nancy gave him a hug, asked about his family and then asked him if he was seeing anyone.  When he replied no, Nancy quickly turned into Aunt Nancy and told us to exchange numbers.  This caught both of us off guard,  yet we would never say no to Aunt Nancy.  So we exchanged numbers and made an effort to try to hang out, however, both of our schedules just wouldn’t permit.

Are you kidding me?  I literally had to pinch myself.  1.   I got to see Nancy Wilson, Live.  2.  I got a chance to meet her.   3.  I got to have her hug me and grab my face.  4.  I got to talk to her, a musical mentor, about Jazz and 5.   She then tries to fix me up with Jesse Jackson Jr. 

Beyond Unbelievable.   Upon my arrival home. I screamed at my Mother,  “YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THE NIGHT I JUST HAD.”   I could  barely believe it myself. 

Nancy Wilson, was the epitome of Style and Grace with an absolutely beautiful personality to match.

Ms. Wilson, Rest in Heavenly Peace and thank you for one of the most wonderful nights of my life.  Heaven has called an Angel Home.  I will never ever forget you.  You were and will forever be absolutely amazing.  Thank You.

 February 20, 1937December 13, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Barbria DeÁnne Live At The 'BELI'

Hey Barbies,

Barbria DeÁnne is Back At The ‘BELI’ October 26th & 27th.

Come out and witness R&B (Randy and Barbria) back together again at Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar.

Also, October 27th is  The Altobeli's Halloween 🎃 costume contest. Come in your best costume, and win one of three place prizes. See you there.


The Location is at the following. 

3000 Old Alabama Road
 Johns Creek, GA 30022

 Make your reservations today
 (770) 664-8055.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Whitney Tribute / Aretha Tribute - The Connection

Hey Barbies,

This past week we paid homage to our Neighbor that just happened to be the Legend known as Whitney Houston.  After months of dealing with an insurmountable amount of issues, sleepless nights, and a sound man which was clearly overpriced and wasn't prepared... when it was time to hit, we laid back on our talents and did what we all do.

I would like to thank all in attendance.  You made it easy for us to entertain you while cleansing our souls.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  
During the show as a part of the Whitney Songlist there was a tribute to Aretha Franklin.  I was asked several times as to why I would leave that part in the show.  I simply replied that it had to stay in.  And I'm glad I did. The Aretha portion was my connection to Whitney.  In fact that connection began before either of us were born.

As explained in the show, Whitney and I had a few things in common the main one was that we were both CDK's.  That being an acronym that I created meaning, we were both Choir Directors Kids.  Our lives, or our Mother's lives, were pretty much paralleled as displayed in the below pictorial.
Aretha Franklin traveled with Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers during her early gospel career, before Sam Cooke started his secular career and his label, SAR records.

It is well known by now that Whitney's mom sang background for Aretha.  It is not as well known that Sam Cooke had a record label or that my mom's song was one of the first songs produced on his label.

Aretha Franklin has been a part of my musical journey before I ever knew.  It was only right to pay tribute to her as well. As she is currently in declining health, I think of her and pray for her everyday.  It has been my dream for a long time to meet her and see if she remembered my mom and aunts singing back in the day.  It doesn't look as if that will happen, however, should she read this I want her to know that I Love her and I Thank her.  Her soulful sound and ability to pour her heart into every song she sang has influenced me.  I pray that God keeps her in his care and I Thank her for sharing her Gift and her Heart.  God Bless you, Thank you and All Hail The Queen of Soul. 

In Addendum 

Obviously I wrote this prior to getting the news of Aretha Franklin passing today.  However, everything still stands with the exception that I have to say Rest In Peace to a dear lady that has leaped into my soul and will never let go.  Gone but Never ever forgotten.  Again, God Bless You, Thank you and All Hail The Queen of Soul. 

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Monday, July 2, 2018

A Birthday Tribute Honoring Whitney

Hey Barbies,

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, Barbria will be Honoring the Musical Contribution of the Most Gifted Vocalist to Capture Our Minds, Hearts & Spirits. The One and Only, Miss Whitney, on what would be her 54th Birthday.  This event will take place where Whitney used to live at The Country Club of The South and includes dinner, dancing and drinks. 

Come out and listen to Barbria perform Whitney's Bodyguard world tour set list.

This is a One Night Only event and tickets so purchase you tickets soon before its too late.

Accompanying Barbria for this intimate Concert will be a Five piece band featuring: 
Reginald Ward - Guitar / SOS Band
Melvin 'Melly-Mel' Baldwin - Drummer / New Edition / Justin Bieber
Jon Roberts - Bassist / Roberts Entertainment / Tyler Perry

Charles Marshall - Saxophonist
Nanette Frank - Background Vocals / Miki Howard
Mae Koen - Background Vocals / Aretha Franklin

Renee Robinson - Background Vocals
When asked as to her level of nervousness the closer we get to the day, Barbria replied, that Whitney is not easy.  If she were, everyone would be doing this.  I am grateful to be able to honor one of my musical mentors with the gift God has blessed me with.  It is truly a high honor.  No one has ever been asked to pay homage to Whitney where she once resided and I am humbled that it is I that gets the chance to do it.  My band is ready, My girls are ready and I am ready.  Let's Do this, Right.

The Location is at the following.

I will also  be expecting all of my Sexy Shoe Lovers to come out in the sexiest shoes you have in your closet. This time Come out and strut your stuff in Sexy Shoe Style.

 My Sexy Shoe game for the night might be the following, however that is subject to change.  

I can't wait to see you all.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

I Am Legacy...

I typically don't brag on my Mom.  Okay, I do, an awful lot.  She was beautiful, smart, talented and caring.  On the flip side she was also very Classy and Sassy and could shoot better than Annie Oakley.   I think of her and miss her every single day.

My friend shared this video and I had to do an unscheduled post.   This documentary on Sam Cooke was very informative and mentioned that he started his own label and publishing & management company.  It didn't go too far into depth because it's only a few minutes long.  However, my Mother's record was released on Sam Cooke's label SAR records.

Many people didn't know that Sam Cooke had a label.  However, my Mother was the first woman of color released on SAR Records.  The Song, He Cares, was originally written as a dedication to My Grandmother and has lead vocals  by JOHNNY TAYLOR before his legendary solo blues career.   It is also the only Gospel recording to prove he sang traditional Gospel at all.

One day I just happened to find a copy of the original release of my Mother's song on Ebay and purchased it right away.

Admittedly it was kind of weird asking my Mom for her autograph, however, she got a huge kick out of it. 

I recently found a video with my Mother's song.  I hope you enjoy such a legendary piece of my musical history. 

I am Legacy...  And I couldn't be more Proud.

My Aunt Annie & My Mother


Don't forget to get your tickets for A Birthday Tribute Honoring Whitney,  I promise to bring the connection home.