Soul Singer Oleta Adams Comes to B.B. King's
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The last date listed for Singer Oleta Adams was Saturday June 28, 2014 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm).
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Known for her robust voice and rich tones, jazz vocalist Renee Manning came to fame in the jazz world as a big band singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra from 1983 to 1989 -- the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with the organization. She's since performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Joe Williams, the Mingus Big Band and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra. As a solo artist, Manning's most recent album, All Grown Up, showcases the Grammy-nominated singer's soothing, quieter side. Learn More
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Featured review from Theresa GuerriereRed Velvet
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Outstanding performance!!! ! Fantastic voice and great band!! Definitely a concert/performer to see again and again!! Oleta had performed two shows and we went to the first one. She also had a meet and greets after and was so personal and very approachable. We also took pictures with her. This was my first time to see her live. I am so glad my husband and I went to the concert.
Of course, BB Kings is a great place to see any concert. I love the personal atmosphere and the employees are pleasant. Thanks Goldstar again, for another opportunity with tickets.
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I have LOVED Oleta's singing for several years. What an HONOR to be able to see her in person at such a reasonable price. I had been to BB King's before for another event so I knew how the place was set up, food, drink costs, etc. But, Oleta, I...continued
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Check out Oleta Adams’ website.
Since the runaway success of her 1990 platinum-selling album _Circle of One _and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War), Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.
The youngest of three girls and two boys, Adams spent her formative years in Seattle before traveling over the mountains at age six to Yakima, Washington, an idyllic town of 60,000. She first demonstrated her budding vocal gifts in the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, where her father served as minister. By the time she was eleven, she was directing and accompanying four choirs, having already established herself as a piano prodigy. Turning down the chance to pursue an operatic career as a lyric soprano, along with a scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University, she instead spent a summer in Europe and spent some time in Los Angeles before winding up in Kansas City, where she launched her career playing piano bars, hotel lounges, and showrooms.
Adams quickly became a local institution, with her own billboard and a regular gig at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Celebrities from every musical genre caught her act, including Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Air Supply, Gino Vanelli, Yes and Billy Joel. Finally, serendipity came in the form of the British band Tears for Fears, whose frontmen Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith asked her to appear on their 1989 The Seeds of Love album, video and European tour. Proving that good things come to those who wait, upon her return to the U.S., Adams signed a record deal for her first solo album in 1991. The rest, as they say, is history.
With nine CDs to her name (including forays into secular, gospel, and Christmas music), worldwide acclaim, and over two-and-a-half million albums sold, Adams’s musical odyssey continues both spiritually and creatively. Her most recent release, 2009’s Let’s Stay Here, is a creative and evocative project with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalizing thoughts. Producing this album herself a remarkable achievement, and for Adams, it was simply another step in her artistic development. For this consummate artist, composer, producer, and musician, many goals remain on the horizon.