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2357 Star Starred
B.B. King Blues Club
Between 7th and 8th Avenues 237 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
212-997-4144
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6 reviews
3 stars
attended Aug 30 2012

Ada Dyer performance was awesome. She connected with her audience well and made the show fun. The A band was phenomenal, especially the saxophonist and guitarist. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the show.

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4 reviews
13 stars
attended Mar 20 2012

This event was a night to remember. Ms. Ada Dyer is a force to be wrecken with. She sang Aretha's songs like they were written for her.I was truly entertained and I sang and danced all night. The low cost I paid using Goldstar makes me feel like I...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended Aug 30 2012

Aretha Franklin would be proud of the tribute given by Ada Dyer. We totally enjoyed her preformance(Great voice and a fantastic band).

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Description

A deeply soulful R&B vocalist with jazz undertones, Chicago-born Ada Dyer delivers an emotional and sultry style that’s just as assured as that of revered talents like Whitney Houston. She has backed such artists as Steely Dan, Cher, Sting, Luther Vandross, and Lenny Kravitz.

Ada Dyer (given name Adaritha) made her recorded debut on eminent jazz drummer Norman Connors’s album Invitation (1979) after her drummer discovered her talents singing the title track. In addition to “Invitation,” she was also featured on “Handle Me Gently.” Connors invited the vocalist back for his next album, 1980’s Take It to the Limit, on which the two scored a Top 30 R&B hit with the title cut. After returning home from a tour with Connors, Dyer auditioned and was promptly hired as the understudy to the lead in a production of The Wiz. In 1981, she relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she continued her work in both jingles and recording. Notably, she became part of the lineup of electro-dance trio Warp 9, best remembered for their trend-setting club hits “Nunk,” “Light Years Away,” and “No Man is an Island.”

In 1983, Dyer took a break from recording to do yet another production of The Wiz. Soon after, she began a prolific career as a background vocalist, both on tours and recording sessions. Her first prominent road gig with Chaka Khan led to interest from James Anthony Carmichael, noted for his work with Lionel Ritchie, the Commodores, and Atlantic Starr. Carmichael had an ongoing relationship with Motown Records, which promptly signed Dyer. By 1987, the two commenced work on what would become Dyer’s debut solo album, Meant to Be.

Released in spring of 1988, Meant to Be quickly picked up steam, driven by the single release of “I Bet Ya I’ll Let Ya,” which reached No. 33 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. A second single, “I Don’t Feel Like Crying,” penned by Babyface and L.A. Reid, served as the follow-up. Dyer was soon given a chance to record a second album under Motown’s new presidency. Unlike Meant to Be, on which she had been given no creative input, she selected all of the songs and co-wrote several for her eponymous 1990 release. This album effectively showcased Dyer’s abilities as an across-the-board singer, equally at home with powerful soul and pop ballads, jazzy R&B tunes, and funk jams.

Since that incredible start to her career, Dyer has gone on to work with such artists as Sting, Roberta Flack, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, the J. Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, just to name a few.