The Colors of Christmas (feat. Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada, Deniece Williams)

Wall Street Theater Presents:

The Colors of Christmas (feat. Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada, Deniece Williams)

Sat · December 1, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$32.00 - $100.00

This event is all ages

Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music of the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, this two-time Grammy Award-winner has survived and prospered despite the passage of time and changes in popular musical trends.

With twenty albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented, across- the-board level of international success, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.

Acclaim and recognition are nothing new for this multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer. Born April 13, 1951, in Greenville, South Carolina, Bryson spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in Maudlin, South Carolina. "I have two sisters and a brother, but I'm the oldest male in the family, so I was taught to work and work hard!”

Bryson's family not only instilled in him his work ethic, but a love for music as well. "My mother was a serious music lover. Whenever there was somebody great in town, she'd drag us along to catch their act. I have seen most of the greats of that period – Sam Cooke, Little Richard and even Billie Holiday. Sam Cooke was a great influence on me. His voice had a pure quality – straight from-the-heart."

"I think the sensitivity in my songs stems from my early childhood. I was raised by women – my grandmother, until she died, and my mother. My grandmother was a woman who lived and loved with incredible passion."

THE EARLY YEARS

Peabo began singing at age 14 as a star of the traveling revue Al Freeman & The Upsetters. Two years later in 1968 he left home to tour the now-famous Southern "chitlin' circuit" with another local band, Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display, gaining the experience that would help prepare him for a solid career as a recording artist and entertainer.

Bryson's first break came during a recording session at Atlanta's Bullet/Bang Records. The young singer caught the ear of the label's then-general manager, Eddie Biscoe.
Biscoe signed Bryson to a contract as a writer, producer, and arranger and encouraged Bryson to perform his own songs. For several years Bryson worked with hometown bands and wrote and produced for Bang. In 1976, he released his debut LP, “Peabo”. The project featured Peabo composing nearly all of the songs (some with the great Thom Bell), a young Luther Vandross among the background vocalists, and sexy black film star Tamara "Cleopatra Jones" Dobson showing him love on the back jacket.

REACHING FOR THE SKY

Bryson moved to Capitol Records in 1978, where his album “Reaching for the Sky” went gold and the title track was a number six R&B hit. With his LP “Crosswinds” (gold,1978), he truly penetrated the hearts of soul fans everywhere with the title tracks "Feel the Fire" and "I'm So Into You”, which spent two weeks as the nation’s number

two R&B hit. He was paired with Capitol label-mate Natalie Cole for the 1979 project “We're the Best of Friends” and a year later with Roberta Flack for the double-LP “Live & More” (on Atlantic Records). Peabo delivered four more albums for Capitol before making a second, even bigger album with Flack titled “Born to Love”, a gold seller that featured the smash "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" (Top 5 R&B and #16 Pop). That led him to sign a deal with Elektra Records for four albums, the second of which, “Take No Prisoners”, featured the crossover smash "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" (Top 10 Pop and Top 10 R&B).

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

"With youthful good looks and a relaxed, almost conversational vocal style," wrote Mike Kirkeby of Rolling Stone, "Bryson is unabashedly a romantic balladeer, wooing female listeners much as R&B idols did in the fifties, but in a reverent, subtle way."
With each move in his career, applause for Bryson became louder. New York Times music critic Jon Pareles called Bryson the "Pavarotti of soul singers”. His duets with Natalie Cole – "What You Won't Do for Love" – and Roberta Flack – "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love," a Top 15 pop smash – had earned Bryson the tag "King of Balladeers.” With "If Ever You're in My Arms Again," which landed in the Number 10 spot on the pop charts, he scored another crossover hit and solidified his mainstream audience. Both "Tonight" and "If" went to Number One on the adult contemporary charts. A return to Capitol in 1989 for the album “All My Love” earned him his first R&B #1 single with a remake of the late Al Wilson's "Show & Tell" (a song he proudly keeps the torch lit for in all of his shows). He hit the R&B chart-top a second time with the smash "Can You Stop The Rain", the title track of his R&B chart-topping first of two albums for Columbia Records. The single won Bryson a 1991 Grammy nomination for best R&B vocal performance by a male, as did "Lost in the Night" in 1992.

But it was two songs for Disney animated films that earned Peabo his two Grammys. The first was 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" with international pop singer Celine Dion which was a Number One pop hit. The very next year, Peabo struck gold again receiving another Grammy for "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" from Aladdin which he performed with Regina Belle. Both “Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and “A Whole New World” (1992) won Oscars for “Best Song”. Since these milestones, he has been even more sought after as a guest vocalist and duet partner, resulting in his collaborations with Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga on "We Kiss in the Shadows" (#1 on the Classical Crossover chart from a new recording of "The King and I" score), Melissa Manchester’s “Lovers After All”, and Kenny G's "By The Time This Night is Over" (from the chart topping Contemporary Jazz CD, “Breathless”), which enjoyed a three month run on the Hot 100 in 1993. In June of 1993, Bryson sold out seven consecutive shows at Radio City Music Hall.


Demonstrating his skills as an actor, he appeared in the lead role for the touring production of the Tony Award-winning “Raisin” (based on “Raisin In The Sun”) and in the role of The Wizard in a touring company of “The Wiz.” In 1998, he appeared in the Michigan Opera Theater’s 100th anniversary production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and also recorded two songs for the soundtrack for the “Barney” movie, one of which, the Bryson-produced “DREAMS,” became the lead song for the album. He also released a whopping three Christmas CDs, lovingly filled with music he has performed for years in the annual touring holiday music extravaganza, "The Colors of Christmas."


In late 2005 Peabo released “Live In Concert: Ladies’ Request” in association with Time-Life, for whom he has been the spokesman for their soul retrospective collection. “Live In Concert” is an excellent collection that covers many of Peabo’s biggest hits, and shows that his voice is still as strong and smooth as ever; to date it has sold over 3 million copies. He followed this in early 2006 with “The Very Best of Peabo Bryson”, a compilation of his biggest hits recorded on multiple record labels.

LATEST PROJECT
With his tremendous crossover success, Peabo has transitioned into a world of international acclaim. It has taken the last eight years for the proper pieces to fall into place for him to find and sign with Peak Records (a division of industry giant Concord Music Group).


For “Missing You” – the twentieth album of his career, his first in eight years and his first for Peak Records – Peabo Bryson continued to do what he does best on eleven tracks that showcase the broad palette of his skills. On "Count on Me" (produced by The Heavyweights) and "To Love About" (on which Peabo plays some driving acoustic lead guitar), Peabo proves he still has the goods to gracefully contend with today's younger R&B stalwarts. The title song “Missing You” was recorded as a tribute to his mother (Marie) and sister (Agnes) who have both passed away, and for his son-in-law who was serving in Iraq. Elsewhere, smoothies such as "Heavenly" and "Don't Give Your Heart" (produced by Barry J. Eastmond) and "My Last Goodbye" (produced by Peabo and Barry) reveal that, ultimately, he is in a class of his own.

An avid golfer, Peabo will never turn down a chance to “hit a few balls,” and has participated in numerous tournaments. To his family, he is simply a big brother, dedicated father and, most importantly, “’Pop-Pop’, handsome singer of love ballads.”

Peabo Bryson is, at his intimate best, a legendary vocalist offering a timeless mix of pop and soul as only he can. Bryson has amassed a loyal fan base, critical acclaim and an avalanche of awards by being one of the “truly best friends” a song could ever have.
Taylor Dayne
Taylor Dayne
Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music's most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold andplatinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them number 1 hits such as "Tell It To My Heart", "Love Will Lead You Back" & "Prove Your Love To Me".

During the course of her career, Taylor has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three GRAMMY nominations and appeared in many film, television, and Broadway stage roles such as Elton John's, Aida. Taylor is also considered a great songwriter having co-penned, Tina Turners hit, "Whatever You Want."

In 2008, Taylor released her latest album, "Satisfied", co-penning the songs with major platinum selling writers Mike Mangini (Baha Men, Digable Planets, O-Town, Bruce Hornsby etc.), Peter Wade (Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield etc.), the New Radical's Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels (Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Santana etc.). "Satisfied" enjoyed great success in the USA, immediately positioning its single "Beautiful" at Billboard's # 1 slot.

In 2009 Taylor contributed songs to the Sex And The City 2 hit movie and in 2010 she delivered a breathtaking spectacular in Cologne when she performed "Facing A Miracle", the official anthem of the "Gay Games VIII. Cologne," during the opening ceremony which ended in a five-minute standing ovation.

A favorite with the fans, Rolling Stone Magazine readers voted Taylor Dayne as the number one choice to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol.

Most recently in 2011, Taylor released her latest single, "Floor on Fire", which garnered her 18th top ten Billboard hit. "Floor on Fire" currently sits at #8 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Taylor also won an HMMA award for "Change The World" which was featured on the trailer for the hit film, The Help. Taylor just wrapped a national and international tour throughout the US and Australia.

In January 2012, Taylor was featured in the highly-anticipated Celebrity Cook-off show for The Food Network with Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri. She not only stayed til finales showing fierce competition, her team Rachel won.

Aug 2012 Taylor was the recipient of the Legends of Pop/ Dance award given by Promo Only during the prestigious International DJ convention held in Atlantic City.

Aug 2012 marks her 25th yr anniversary of the release of "Tell It To my Heart", which launched her career and was her first top ten single.

Oct 18 2012 Taylor was inducted into the LI Musicans Hall of Fame, alongside other Long Island luminaries -- Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Lou Reed, Blue Oyster Cult.
Jon Secada
Jon Secada
With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada, have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish, establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. Adored by millions around the world, he is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice.

In 2017 Secada returns to the stages, bringing to life a heartfelt tribute to Beny Moré, one of Cuba’s most beloved icons. Produced by Julio Bagué with the support of Peer Music and in the company of The Charlie Sepulveda Big band ”…To Beny Moré With Love” finds the Cuban-American artist re-recording ten of Moré’s timeless classics, arranged by none other than Ray Santos. The first single “Como Fue”, collaboration between Secada and Moré will be released on February 3rd, 2017.



This is very personal album. The biggest challenge was to make sure that I did right by the original music, arrangements and vocals. Preserving the integrity of the music was the number one priority for Julio and me. ‘Como Fue’ is one of Beny Moré’s most famous songs… an anthem. We worked hard to make the duet. Technically it was a big challenge to be able to extract his voice and blend it in the right way with mine. To hear it all come together and see how people react when you play it to them, is simply amazing.
– Jon Secada



Acknowledged as Humanitarian of the year in 2016 by The Muhammad Ali Foundation, Secada’s career skyrocketed in 1991, with the release of his self-titled debut album Jon Secada (SBK/EMI), which sold over six million copies worldwide, was certified triple platinum in the U.S., and reached No.15 on Billboard’s Pop album chart. The Spanish-language version of the album, Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte (EMI-Latin), went on to become the Number One Latin album of 1992 and earned Jon his first Grammy Award, for “Best Latin Pop Album.” Three more top 20 Billboard hits would eventually come from that album including “Angel,” “I’m Free,” and “Do You Believe In Us.” The unprecedented success for Secada continued in 1994 with the platinum selling release of his second album Heart, Soul and Voice (EMI), which garnered another top 10 hit, “If You Go”, and followed with his third album, Amor, earning him his second Grammy Award for “Best Latin Pop Performance.”

Beyond his own hits, Secada is widely recognized for his impeccable producing and songwriting skills. One of his first major breaks came from collaborating with Gloria Estefan in the late 1980s, which led to him co-writing her #1 hit single, “Coming Out of the Dark.” Since then, Secada has gone on to pen countless popular songs for superstars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Still friends to this day, Estefan shares the world’s passion for Secada’s talent, remarking, “I’ve been a big fan of Jon’s since I first heard his beautiful voice! He’s one of those special singers that makes my hair stand on end!” Ricky Martin for whom Jon wrote the #1 hit, “She’s All I Ever Had,” raved, “In addition to being a great human being, Jon has an innate talent for writing beautiful songs. All of us artists who have worked with him sincerely admire him.”

Secada’s impact goes beyond music as he has devoted himself to assisting various charitable groups all over the world through his personal organization, “Jon Secada Charities.” He has been active with many causes to help Hispanic Americans, children, education, AIDS research, and child abuse. His commitment to education and helping others led him to create the Jon Secada Music Scholarship at the University of Miami.

He’s also led an ongoing effort to raise awareness for Hepatitis C by partnering with pharmaceutical giant MERCK and The American Liver Foundation. For his efforts, The Pan American Health Organization recently honored Secada with an award that acknowledged him as a leader in Hepatitis C awareness around the world. In September 2012, Jon also headlined the “Miami Rocks The Troops” benefit concert, supporting US military veterans across the country.

Throughout his career Secada has participated in various international television shows including being a celebrity judge on the international smash, “Latin American Idol,” for it’s entire four season run, and as a celebrity contestant on Univision’s hit dance show “Mira Quien Balia” (Latin version of “Dancing with the stars”) which reaches over 10 million viewers. Jon is also involved in many business ventures and projects including a Miami based music lounge called “Secada’s” at the Magic City Casino, which continues to enjoy sold out shows and great reviews.

In addition to numerous recordings such as “Same Dream” and “Classics,” in the late 2000’s, in 2011, Jon released his seventh Spanish album, Otra Vez (YMe/Pyramid), which received universal acclaim, and spawned multiple hits on radio stations, worldwide. Secada continued a musical legacy with the release of “I’m Never Too Far Away”, which charted top 25 on Billboard. The single and music video commemorated the 20th anniversary of Secada’s music career and the release of his official RIAA Gold hit “Just Another Day.” The song also marked Secada’s first collaboration with Billboard Magazine’s five time “Producer of the year,” and six time ASCAP “Songwriter of the Year” winner, Rudy Perez.
Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams
Born June Deniece Chandler (birthdate June 3, 1950) known by her stage name, Deniece Williams is an American Grammy Award-winning singer,songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Williams, whose music has been influenced by Soul and Funk, is known for her hits such as “Free”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”, and for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis.

Before entering into the music industry, Deniece attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse and an anesthetist. During that time she performed on the side.“I got a part-time job singing at a club, Casino Royal, and I liked it. It was a lot of fun.” During those years, she also worked at a telephone company and as a ward clerk in the Chicago Mercy Hospital. But soon she would trade in these pursuits for a life of music.

As Deniece Chandler, she recorded for The Toddlin’ Town group of labels and one of those early records, ‘I’m Walking Away’ released on Toddlin’ Town’s ‘Lock Records’ subsidiary in the late 60′s, is a favorite on England’s Northern Soul scene. As her success grew, she found herself on the fast track. One thing led to another and Deniece became a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder as part of “Wonderlove.” in the early 1970s. It was an exciting time and she experienced many things on her journey. In 1975, Deniece decided to venture forward, leaving Stevie Wonder and signing with Columbia Records. She then teamed up with two famed producers: Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, and his frequent collaborator, Charles Stepney. Her 1976 debut album entitled This Is Niecy was released. The single “Free” reached #2 on the Black Singles chart, #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the British Singles chart. The album also featured “Cause You Love Me Baby” (which charted separately on the R&B chart as the flip side of “Free”) and “That’s What Friends Are For”. She also shared a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with pop singer Johnny Mathis in 1978 with the duet “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”. The duet also topped the Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Williams also topped the dance charts with her disco single “I’ve Got the Next Dance”. Mathis and Williams also recorded the popular theme to the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, “Without Us”.

Williams moved on to the American Recording Company (ARC) in the early 1980s where she scored the top ten R&B smash hit “Silly” in 1981. The following year, yet another famed producer, Thom Bell, helped Williams score another #1 R&B chart-topper with her remake of The Royalettes’ “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” which became a Top 10 pop hit as well, reaching #10.

In 1984, Deniece released the album Let’s Hear It for the Boy, in which the title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. She also contributed vocals, along with Maurice White, to the song “And Then” from Weather Report’s album Mr. Gone released in 1982. She continued releasing albums during the 1980s such as Hot On The Trail (1986), Water Under The Bridge (1987), and As Good As It Gets (1988), which featured her last Top Ten hit to date, “I Can’t Wait”, written by Skylark.

Although Deniece had recorded one inspirational song on almost each of her albums, it was in 1980 that her musical career path began change toward one of her favorite things, Gospel music. She joined with friends Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire fame), Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo to present a gospel show at a popular Los Angeles club named The Roxy. The show was called “Jesus At the Roxy”. Deniece felt strongly about it saying, “God did something miraculous. Over three hundred people were saved”, as reported in an interview with Gospel Today Magazine. After that, both Bailey and Williams decided to pursue careers in Christian music.

In 1983, Deniece and Bailey recorded “They Say”, an atmospheric, slow praise song that builds towards the end with rousing words of praise. The song was written by songwriters Skip Scarborough and Terri McFaddin and received airplay on both Urban and Gospel Black radio. Deniece later recorded the song with Christian artist Sandi Patti and won a Grammy for it. In 1984, Deniece sang a Gospel song at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards. She sang an acapella version of her 1977 composition “God Is Amazing”. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, “So Glad I Know” (Sparrow 1121; # 8-gospel) which brought her two Grammy awards.



Deniece would continue to write, record and release Gospel music for the next several years. From 1996 to 2004, she presented her own BBC radio show in the UK, showcasing new gospel and inspirational music. During that time (1999) she recorded the Gospel album This Is My Song, which brought her another Grammy award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.

Deniece continues to work on countless projects and is still quite active in the music industry today. She has an incredible four-octave range and distinctive soprano voice. Her vocal range was also pointed out by The New York Times, “Miss Williams mounted a spectacular vocal display in which her penetrating, feline soprano soared effortlessly to E flat above high C, and she worked various vowel sounds into prolonged feats of vocal gymnastics”.

In pointing to Deniece’s similar vocal ability as her former musical icon and colleague (Minnie Riperton), Mark Anthony Neal in referencing Jill Scott’s agility in displaying vocal acrobatics, states, “Scott draws on her upper register recalling the artistry of the late Minnie Riperton and “songbird” Deniece Williams”. According to Monica Haynes of Post-Gazette.com, “Williams has the kind of range that would make Mariah Carey quiver”! View the Deniece Williams Discography here. Also be sure to view Other Artists Who Have Sampled Ms. Williams Work – click here.
Venue Information:
Wall Street Theater
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