Some people have a calling that is undeniable, and Avery*Sunshine is no exception. Yet the former church pianist/musical director, who scored a #1 Billboard chart hit, was at once a reluctant warrior. “I had no idea that my work in the church would prepare me to do what I do.” Bringing people together through her riveting stage performances, candid and often humorous stage banter, and optimistic anthems about love and life is what Avery*Sunshine does best. In fact, she does it so well, that she has garnered praise from iconic musical figures like the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who raves, “I love Avery*Sunshine!” The Atlanta-based singer’s no holds barred signature soul/R&B sound has also made believers of such luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Berry Gordy, and Boy George who proclaimed on twitter, “@averysunshine love this woman’s voice”.
Avery*Sunshine and her musical partner (now husband) and guitarist Dana “Big Dane” Johnson have collectively either collaborated and/or toured with everyone from Anthony Hamilton, KEM, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Babyface, and Roy Ayers to B.B. King, Michael Bublé, and Jennifer Holliday.
Avery*Sunshine’s #1 hit single “Call My Name,” from her critically heralded sophomore project The Sunroom, was awarded ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul 2016 song of the year award. There have been numerous sold-out shows and career milestones that have included opening for Babyface at Madison Square Garden, performing for Smokey Robinson at his Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame tribute, to being invited to perform by and for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, twice in one year. In the same year, Avery was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award and a BET Centric Award.
While she continues to tour the world from everywhere in Europe to Asia, Africa, the UK, and Australia, Avery*Sunshine and Dana never stop creating and recording. Twenty Sixty Four, her third release (October, 2017), features organic soulful in-the-pocket grooves, sublime ballads, exquisite arrangements/orchestrations, and exuberant life-affirming tracks. The vocals shine throughout, the production is tight, and the songwriting hits home.
Avery*Sunshine describes herself as a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Bette Midler. To experience her live is to understand this notion. In a genre that is inundated with singers, Avery*Sunshine has forged a way for herself by staying true to her musical vision. “My greatest wish is for our music to empower and encourage, in some way, everyone who hears it. That is why Dana and I do this,” shares the radiant singer. With the release of Twenty Sixty Four, Avery*Sunshine concludes, “I am always striving to fill the space that I was created to fill. And I pray that the small space that I occupy in this world reminds everyone to SHINE no matter what.”