Home is Where the Heart Is
Part workshop, part fundraiser, part concert, this event is sure to be an event to remember. This annual event features a free informational session. Our fundraiser always features a headliner act that inspires and ignites! Funds go to supporting 1st time homeowners in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.
“…she reaches deep into that cornucopia of style and sound and sings a song which articulates the complexities of life with luminous insight.”
Avery*Sunshine is without a doubt one of the most dynamic voices on the
creative music scene, known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, compelling and revealingly honest song writing and impeccable instrument. The earthy and charming singer who has lent her vocals to the silver screen and collaborated with the likes of Roy Ayers, Will Downing, and Musiq Soulchild, has also lent her choral directing and choirs to a few of the live performances from Michael Buble, David Foster, Anthony Hamilton, and Jennifer Holiday. The SunRoom is Avery*Sunshine’s 2nd full length. It’s one of those albums that transports you both musically and emotionally. From organic soulful in-the-pocket grooves, sublime ballads and exuberant up-tempo numbers, the vocals shine throughout, the production is tight and the songwriting is authentic and thought provoking.
Kendall Isadore (Violinist, Pianist & Vocalist)
Born in Houston, Texas, KENDALL Nicole Isadore is a recent graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a passion for music, having played the violin and piano since she was 8 years old. Currently, she is the 6th grade science teacher and choral director at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (Washington, DC) and a gigging musician in the DMV area.
Though classically-trained in all three disciplines, Kendall’s niche is playing R&B, Jazz, top 40, gospel, contemporary, and hip-hop on violin. KENDALL has performed all over the country, at a variety of venues, with artists including R&B legend Roberta Flack, classical vocalist Josh Groban, Fantasia, actress/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph, Gospel artist Kurt Carr, Jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips, harpist Jeff Majors, and Gospel Jazz artist Kim Jordan, to name a few.
Kendall can be seen performing with several different groups: she is the principal violinist and string arranger for her quartet, “The String Thing,” she sings with the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Howard Theatre (Washington, DC), and she plays with the DMV-based band “Les Femme Totale.”
Kendall gives God all honor and praise for the work He is doing in her life through teaching and through music. She realizes that nothing is impossible with God and lives by her family motto “keep trying; never give up, until you succeed.”
Kadejah Oni (Vocalist & Actress)
A singer/songwriter/actress, who is committed to using her gift to help heal and motivate people in her community, city and nation. Kadejah recognizes this anointing is from God, and she uses it to spread the message of the healing power of His love.
A native of New Orleans, One’ graduated from Maryland’s Bowie State University with a B.A. in Music, Fine and Performing Arts. She has been showcased in many off-Broadway productions, such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls and The Wiz. She also starred in the African Continuum Theater Company’s adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Spunk, for which she won the coveted Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Residential Musical.
Currently, Kadejah One’ is starring in the 2010-11 National Tour of ‘The Color Purple’ …
Still using her voice to do what she was created to do … Tell stories that help to bring healing and love to towns, cities, nations and the world.
Shannon Browne (Drummer)
Education B.A. Music Education, Hampton University, 2004 Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC, 1999
Current Band Be’la Dona Band www.beladonaband.com
Career Highlights Toured with Musiq Soulchild, 2007 Accompanied: Marshia Ambrosia, Case, Leigh Jones, Howard Hewitt, Tony Terry, Suga Bear and EU, Chuck Brown, Chrisette Michele and Chico DeBarge Opening Acts: Jill Scott, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Eric Roberson, Cedric the Entertainer
Awards & Nominations 2009 Go Go Awards – Best Upcoming Band – Be’la Dona Band 2009 WAMA Awards Nominated – Best New R&B Band 2010 Go Go Awards Nominated – Best Grown & Sexy Band
News and Press DC’s Channel 5 News – http://youtu.be/xEZSfxzJrw Endorsements Soultone Cymbals
JPope (Percussionist, Vocalist, Emcee & Spoken Word Artist)