Jazz 2017 Closes, Roots & Soul Next

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The cur­tains came down on Saint Lu­cia Jazz 2017 at Pi­geon Is­land on Sun­day May 14 with a stel­lar per­for­mance by Grammy award­win­ning singer and ac­tress Vanessa Wil­liams.

Vanessa bared her soul to the faith­ful at Pi­geon Is­land, speak­ing can­didly about how she bounced back af­ter be­ing stripped of the Miss Amer­ica ti­tle by turn­ing to mu­sic and act­ing to show the world what she's made of.

Her set was a ta­pes­try of some of her best known hits like Dream­ing, Sweet­est Days, Love Breaks Your Heart (Bev­erly Hills 90210 sound­track), and Colours of the Wind from the Dis­ney film Poc­a­hon­tas – which won a Golden Globe, an Os­car, and a Grammy for Best Orig­i­nal Song.

She per­formed a cou­ple of clas­sics like Rain­ing All the Time by Lena Horne, and Ever­last­ing Love by Chaka Khan, whom she said she idol­ized, as an as­pir­ing singer/per­former. Not sur­pris­ingly, she 'Saved the Best for Last', much to the de­light of the fans who wanted more. She obliged with I Got Work To Do and I Bet You Never. Vanessa ended with a Latin dance, thank­ing pa­trons for all the love and en­ergy.

Rachel Fer­rell gave a some­what cathar­tic per­for­mance which cen­tred on the worth and dignity of a woman. Sun­day was Mothers' Day and her mes­sage res­onated with the women in the au­di­ence. She did a Neo Soul num­ber en­ti­tled Sis­ter, and sang Happy Mothers' Day


The con­cert pulled a crowd to Pi­geon Is­land.

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