Avery*Sunshine performs on Good Day L.A. Avery*Sunshine is a Soul and R&B duo and their latest album is getting rave reviews.
They say their "mission is simple: to inspire and encourage people to pursue whatever their life calling is and to operate at the highest level of themselves through that calling - ultimately to #SHINE."
Fun facts about Avery*Sunshine (Source: Wikipedia)
Denise Nicole White, professionally known as AverySunshine (sometimes stylized as Avery*Sunshine), is an American singer and pianist.In college, White met Maia Nkenge Wilson, a vocal major, and together they formed a gospel and r&b singing duo, DaisyRew. In addition to performing in Africa, DaisyRew played churches in the area and at clubs, including the Apache Café, which was noted for launching the careers of several prominent artists, including India.Arie. Wilson was cast in a Broadway role following college, and Sunshine was hired as the Minister of Music at the St. Paul AME Church in Atlanta. DaisyRew continued to perform when Wilson, on breaks from her theatrical career in New York, would return to Atlanta. While working at the St. Paul AME Church, White met Dana Johnson, a guitarist, producer and songwriter who had previously worked with India.Arie. White, Johnson and Wilson began working together in 2003 with Johnson writing and producing the music, in addition to managing DaisyRew's career. Soon after, Wilson was again cast in a Broadway production, and she left for New York. White then adopted the name AverySunshine.
In 2005, White and Johnson recorded "Stalker," a neo soul song, which a friend, Chris Brann, set to a house beat. The track became a dance hit on a Japanese record label, which led to a series of live dates in Japan.
White and Johnson began work on what would become AverySunshine's self-titled debut album, released in 2010 on their own label, BigShine. Recorded mainly at White's home with ProTools, the record included guest appearances from pianist Takana Miyamoto, vibraphone player Roy Ayers and Christian McBride. The record was praised by the media, with USA Today calling it "refreshingly original" and The Washington Postdescribing it as "a radiant brand of soul." White—a single mother of two – focused on AverySunshine, but also accepted jobs as a keyboardist with artists including Tyler Perry and Jennifer Holiday and served as a choral director for Atlanta performances by artists such as Michael Buble, Anthony Hamilton, and David Foster. From 2010 until late 2013, AverySunshine toured consistently, and developed a following throughout the United States, the UK, Europe, and Africa. They began recording a second album, The Sunroom, in November 2013, which will be released in May 2014 through a partnership with Shanachie Records.
Avery Sunshine's next performance will be this Friday, July 3rd at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
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