Chattanooga Now Avery Sunshine is next performer in Levitt Amp concert series

Chattanooga Now Avery Sunshine is next performer in Levitt Amp concert series

September 7th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music
R&B singer Avery Sunshine performs tonight at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

R&B singer Avery Sunshine performs tonight at the...

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Touring in support of her new album, "Twenty Sixty Four," Avery Sunshine performs in the free Levitt Amp Concert series tonight at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. The R&B soul singer takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Here are six things you might not know about her

1. Avery Sunshine is the stage name of Denise Nicole White.

2. Born just south of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, she began playing piano at age 7. By 13, she had a gig as a choir director at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

3. In 2011, Jet Magazine named her one of its five Rising Indie Artists. Her song, "Like This," was featured in the TBS series, "Franklin & Bash."

4. The singer now lives in Atlanta. Divorced in 2008, the single mother of two remarried in 2016. The groom was her guitarist, Dana Johnson, who is also a producer and composer.

5. Her stage name is a mash-up of her two favorite characters: Shug Avery from "The Color Purple" and Sunshine from "Harlem Nights."

6. On the meaning behind her new album's title, "Twenty Sixty Four," she said: "Dana and I both said we'd never ever, times infinity, get married again. We slapped five on it. Then he called and said, 'We're going to get married.' I prayed and said, 'God if you give me until 2064 with this amazing man — I'll be 89 and he'll be 91 — I promise I'll stop cussing, overeating and work out every day.'"