Saturday 3 November 6 – 7pm, WPAC Hall
Sunday 4 November, 5:15 – 6:30pm, Blues Stage (as special guest with Sweethearts)
Accomplished singer and Harlem native Vivian Sessoms, having amassed credits as a backing vocalist for Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Donna Summer, Cher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Pink, Patti Austin, and a host of others, has proven herself a fiery and forward-thinking artist in her own right. On her forthcoming release LIFE (Ropeadope Nov 2018), in collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Parks, Sessoms displays an adventurous arranging sensibility and a refreshing disregard for genre boundaries. Her expressive, sophisticated sound draws on jazz, R&B and pop in fresh and moving ways, whether she’s presenting her own material, reinterpreting “Strange Fruit” for our own troubled times, or reshaping classic pop, jazz & soul hits with a view toward transformation and constant surprise.
Through it all, Sessoms soars in a voice that is full and robust, unerring in pitch, and utterly at home in a wide variety of feels and settings. Her singing has met with praise in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Ebony and other publications.
After several sold out shows throughout Australia & NZ, Ms. Sessoms returns to share her latest offering LIFE.
Vivian Sessoms – vocals
Chris Parks – bass
Brenton Foster – piano
Hamish Stuart – drums