Fresh off her performance at Bonnaroo last weekend, Jessy Wilson will headline Nightfall in support of her new album, "Phase," on Friday, June 21.
The free concert series in Miller Park, 928 Market St., starts at 7 p.m. with opening act FBI Reloaded.
Wilson grew up in Brooklyn, listening to the R&B, hip-hop and soul sounds that filled her family's apartment: Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Biggie.
After high school, Wilson sang backup for Alicia Keys on her albums and tours. She moved to Nashville in 2013 to get her music career started. There she met Kallie North, and the duo formed Muddy Magnolias. They performed at the 2014 CMA Music Festival, where Rolling Stone magazine compared Wilson's vocals to Aretha Franklin's.
"I feel like I've lived nine lives," Wilson says on her website. "I started out off Broadway as a kid, then began singing backgrounds. From there, John Legend became my mentor. I toured the world with him before concentrating on being a full-time songwriter. I moved to Nashville, explored and experimented, and now I'm here."
In January, Wilson released her new single "Love & Sophistication," the first single off debut album "Phase," which was released in May. The album was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.