Portmanteau: A "Celexploration"
In June, I will be putting on a recital series entitled Portmanteau, which celebrates Juneteenth- the day in 1865 when Texas slaves finally learned that slavery had been abolished in the United States. As a concert vocalist, I will celebrate this pivotal American holiday personally by tracing the musical journey of song from the opera halls, royal courts, and parlours of Europe, to the hushed cotton fields and brazen Underground Railroad of Antebellum America, all the way back to the esteemed concert stage.
That brings me to the purpose of this account: I am asking for your help in reserving a venue to host classical music critics, art & culture bloggers, and various contributors from NYC publications for a private viewing of the recital, before it is presented in Harlem area churches as a ticketed event. As you can imagine, this provides an intimate, free-of-charge, setting for a group of influential writers to review my work and preview it for arts lovers and paying audiences in NYC and possibly beyond.
Not too long ago, I used to believe that GoFundMe should only be used when someone has fallen on hard times or suffered an unfortunate event. After praying about whether I should come here for help, my old way of thinking seems cynical. Why can't it be used to help someone who could be closer than ever to making their dreams come true? Why not help someone tell a story they believe needs to be shared? Why not crowdfund to support the arts--an artist?
If you would like to support my next step-and believe this is a good way to show it- I humbly ask for your financial support. $5 is great! I will thank God and you for that, just as I will for anything more or less. All prayers, donations, and well wishes are appreciated! To add a little fun, whoever finds it in their heart to make the largest donation will get to make a song request for me to sing in a video :-)
Finally, please be on the lookout for information on my coming website, tickets for The Portmanteau Recitals, and other news in the next few weeks! Things are moving quickly!!
I'm eternally grateful for you all pitching in to make my dreams come true. I never imagined I would work up the courage to ask for this kind of favor, but the response has been overwhelming. I fell short of the goal, but being resourceful has never been a bad thing!
We made it happen, and it's in large part because of the money that helped me along the way. God bless you all, and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I moved to NYC four months ago and since then, I have been pouring every ounce of me into what is prayerfully a wonderful night of music! There is not much time left, but I am going to make one FINAL request today. The show is THREE. DAYS. AWAY!!!! Any donations made will be received on Friday-- just in time to help with reception goodies and a fabulous recording. Amen for the food!!! ;-)
Thanks to those of you who remained in prayer with me. Because of you, my faith was certainly strengthened for the task at hand. And thank you to the many who gave money. I am humbled by your generosity. We made it halfway to the goal and I truly appreciate every kind soul that donated, called to encourage me, or shared Facebook posts about my recital. I’ve said it a million times, but the truth remains — every little bit helps, and I wouldn’t be here without all of you making it happen!!!!
God bless, thank you SO MUCH, and see you on Friday!!!! :D
I can proudly announce the details for: "Portmanteau: A 'Celexploration' of Black Concert Music"
Friday, June 24th at 6PM, I've invited all of New York to enjoy a special evening of music with me at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem: a charming, acoustically vibrant sanctuary, where the church family was happy to have me.
Not only that, but if you check my website in the coming days, you'll notice some other events besides "Portmanteau" popping up. In July, I'll be performing a program of songs by American composers in Greenwich Village, and I'm looking for a place to produce a Luther Vandross tribute show as well. If anyone is planning to be in NYC on June 24th or in July, come see me!
As always, I'm thankful for the love and support that allowed me to get here. All along the way, your contributions have assisted with coachings, mentoring sessions, meetings, applications to programs, and more ...so it is no overstatement to say I would not be here without you all!
The journey has been a long one, but please do not give up on me just yet! Together, we came to the city, we found an awesome pianist, we rehearsed beautiful music, we found a place to play, and now we just have to go for the strong finish! I'll be sharing the GoFundMe until June 17th, which happens to be the day of the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition finals as well. But that is also the day I would like to turn my focus strictly to the music of the recital. No contracts, no payments, no loose ends. Yada yada yada.
I really do understand the difficulty of supporting people's ideas with your hard-earned money. But we are in a new phase now. The ideas are actions, and in a few weeks, the actions will have led to my New York City recital debut!!!! God is GREAT!
There will be no more fundraising or talking or updating (thank God)! It will be me standing on faith, supported by love, making my dreams come true.
If you have already contributed to that, thank you. If you plan to, thank you. If you can't do as much as you'd like, thank you. If you have no desire to help, thank you the most. But money is not the only way to show you care or support what I'm doing. Please consider sharing the GoFundMe page with your loved one, like my posts about the show, encourage folks to visit my website, or tell your neighbors who live in NYC that there's something really fun to do on June 24th!
Friends and Family, I need your help! It's SHOWTIME!!!!