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An Intimate Evening with Jamell Richardson and Symone French
June 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT$15
Tickets: $15 (Call 251-367-4599 to reserve)
Jamell Richardson‘s musical journey all started shortly after the day he was born. His Grandmother who was a church pastor carried him to church with her every chance she could. By age 11 he was already an active studio and church musician as well as a vocalist.
By 2012 he was on the road touring and recording with the legendary Southern Soul Bluesman Mel Waiters. There is where he quickly began to shine being featured as Mel Waiters’ “Young Gun” and “Phenomenal Guitar Player” capturing every moment he was called on for his electric solos, he became a youtube sensation and one of the most memorable parts of the show.
Fall 2013 with Jamell’s music career taking off he also got introduced to acting, when he was cast as guitarist Jimmy Nolen in the upcoming movie “Get On Up,” (August 1, 2014 – Produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer- Featuring, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis) Not only did Jamell play James Brown’s long time friend and musician Jimmy Nolen, but he also worked as the movie’s guitar instructor and coach. He taught everyone from Top 10 Billboard recording artist Aloe Blacc to Keith Robinson (Dream Girls), and a number of other cast members from the film. So far in his short career as a musician he has had the opportunity to share the stage with legends such as Bobby Womack, Lenny Williams, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Al Green, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Millie Jackson, and many more blues legends.
Performing on stage today, Jamell is known for his “B.B. King-like” facial expressions, Jimi Hendrix style guitar tricks, his strong soulful voice and his incredible stage presents. When asked how he would describe himself to his fans he responded, “I am a hard-working, humble, and lovable musician. I have a strong passion for perfection. I love to joke around and make people laugh, but when it comes to music there is nothing I love more than entertaining my fans and sending them home knowing they got their moneys worth.”
With his unforgettable, diverse style, Jamell is truly a one-of-a-kind Performer.
To learn more about Jamell Richardson, visit: http://jamellrichardson.com
What do you get when you mix a little bit of heartache, a touch of Jameson and a healthy dose of soul? Symone French.
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Symone’s earliest memories are of her parent’s eclectic tastes in music. Her father, a collector of vinyl records, encouraged her musical exploration early on by introducing her to acts such as Steely Dan, Hall & Oats and Bonnie Raitt. Her mother, a product of the 70s, helped develop French’s love of soul by adding Teena Marie, Donna Summer and Prince to the mix. Those influences cultivated the sound that audiences across the Gulf Coast have come to identify with French’s diverse stage show.
While French grew up singing and entertaining, she struggled for years with stage fright. It wasn’t until 2011, when she met the Mobile-based ensemble The Deluxe Trio that French built up the nerve to take her talents to a professional level. The trio, comprised of Steve Varnes, Phil Proctor and Stan Foster, mentored her and forced her to join in with them at local gigs. Their “get up here and sing” approach to coaching French would prove to be fruitful. Very soon, it was apparent she had a natural presence in front of an audience.
Following her tenure under the tutelage of The Deluxe Trio, Symone joined Infant Richard and the Delta Stones in 2014. Over the next three years, the group established a dedicated following in Mobile and surrounding cities in the region. The group opened for touring acts like Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Nashville soul-country duo Muddy Magnolias. Other highlights for the band during French’s time in the group include multiple nominations for the Mobile-based alt-weekly newspaper Lagniappe’s Nappie Awards and the recording of two EPs. French made her songwriting debut on the group’s 2017 project, When the Smoke Clears. The six-song EP received praise for its themes of multidimensional love, self-reflection and redemption. Shortly after release of the EP, French left the group and set her sights on a solo career.
With a new, dazzling solo routine in tow, French is continuing to write new music in anticipation of her first solo recording. In the meantime, you’re likley to catch her chasing behind her rambunctious toddler – all the while looking fabulous, feeling fantastic and ultimately being free.
To learn more about Symone French, visit: https://www.symonefrench.com