The 7th Annual Black Music Honors‘ celebration of music legends Mary Mary, Keri Hilson, Tevin Campbell, Dru Hill, Karyn White and The Whispers was taped live at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Theater in Atlanta this past May. Over 600 music lovers of all ages were in attendance to experience a concert and musical tributes from today’s hottest recording artists with performances featuring Kid N’ Play, Dru Hill, Tasha Page Lockhart, Amber Riley and PJ Morton.
Produced and distributed by Chicago based Central City Productions, the 7th Annual Black Music Honors will air nationally on Bounce TV Saturday, June 25th during Black Music Month. The two-hour television special is hosted by two-time Grammy Winner LeToya Luckett and Comedian DeRay Davis.
Highlights of the program include powerhouse vocalists Tasha Page-Lockhart and Crystal Aikin who performed a beautiful rendition of Mary Mary’s Yesterday followed by an energetic, crowd-rocking performance of Shackles from sisters Ahjah and Rhea Walls. Songster Eric Roberson serenaded Jerry Butler’s For Your Precious Love and artists Jade Novah, Zonnique and Dondria Nicole got the audience dancing in their seats with Keri Hilson’s Pretty Girl Rock, Knock You Down, and Turnin Me On.
Prior to the artists arriving on stage, Black Music Honors presented a red carpet showcase for performers to meet with television, radio, internet and print media outlets. DISH Nation, ChicagoNow: The Art Of New Media and DVIDEO 79 Productions were some of the 60 plus outlets positioned to capture on-camera interviews and photographs for national and international press coverage.
Producer and Founder of Central City Productions’ Don Jackson graced the red carpet along with recording artists Kevin Ross, The Whispers, Dru Hill, SILK, Trina Braxton, Eric Roberson and Amber Riley.
“Well, we’re so glad to be back out,” exclaims Don Jackson. “Its keeping the tradition alive. And its all about all genres of music and these artists. And to give them their flowers while they’re here.”
“This gives us an opportunity to celebrate with all of our peers for all of the wonderful music we put out,” says Gary Jenkins of the legendary R&B singing group SILK. “R&B is here to stay no matter what they say. And so we are here to represent and to show love and pay respect, and show some unity to the R&B community.”
LeToya Luckett, Kid N’ Play and Tasha Page-Lockhart also walked the red carpet and addressed a variety of questions pertaining to Black Music Month, Juneteenth holiday, various music genres and the excitement of being honored.
“I love House Music, I love all types of music,” expresses Tasha Page-Lockhart. “I sing gospel because I come from church and its just my preference, but I can sing anything. Anything with a hot track, I’m on it.”
“There wouldn’t be a ‘Kid N’ Play’ if it wasn’t for Salt N’ Pepper,” says Christopher “Play” Martin, “because the first tour we did which was the Slammin’ 88 Tour, they pretty much took a stand to give us two guys a break -to open the concert. And that was touching, and it meant a lot.”
Other highlights featured in the broadcast are singers Eric Bellinger and Avery Wilson who showcased their smooth, buttery vocals to honor music veteran Tevin Campbell by performing I’m Ready and Tevin’s signature hit song Can We Talk. Additional performers who graced the stage include Carl Thomas, Kevin Ross, and Sheléa.
Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African-American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African-American culture and American music worldwide.
The 7th Annual Black Music Honors is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson produced and directed this year’s presentation and Daniel Moore as Musical Director.
Check your local television listing for broadcast times in your area for The 7th Annual Black Music Honors on Bounce TV, Saturday, June 25th.
About the Author: Don Howze is an Emmy Award Winning Film/Tape Editor and Associate Professor of Journalism and Television Production. Don is the producer and director of the upcoming film documentaries The Production Crew and Toni Shelton’s Queen Of House Music.