Will Downing and Friends Come to the Grove of Anaheim for an Evening of Romance
Currently at City National Grove of Anaheim
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In 1991, Downing had his first breakout album, A Dream Fulfilled, which showcased not only his fine baritone voice, but his excellent song stylings. He deftly handled such diverse covers as War’s “The World Is a Ghetto” and Paul Davis’ “I Go Crazy” and provided a stunning, definitive version of Angela Bofill’s “I Try.” Both the “I Try” single and the album hit the Urban top 25, and critical acclaim for the disc abounded.
A Dream Fulfilled began a period during which Downing found his musical identity and was the first of a string of successful albums that focused on smooth, romantic music, mostly ballads. Sometimes lumped with his friend Luther Vandross, Downing was actually creating his own brand of love music that was less urban and much jazzier. And though Downing’s songs were also more sensual than Vandross’, he shares Luther’s sensibilities, singing to women on a truly romantic level that clearly goes beyond the physical.
Downing has become a regular at the top of the contemporary jazz charts and released a number of solid albums, including his album of duets with saxophonist Gerald Albright, Pleasures of the Night. In September 2010, Downing issued one of his most ambitious projects, an “audio novel” called Lust, Love and Lies, that detailed a relationship going through various stages, with spoken interludes between a very strong batch of songs.