Spread­ing Sun­shine

Avery Sun­shine is next up in Le­vitt Amp con­cert se­ries

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Tour­ing in sup­port of her new al­bum, “Twenty Sixty Four,” Avery Sun­shine per­forms in the free Le­vitt Amp Con­cert se­ries tonight at the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. The R&B soul singer takes the stage at 7 p.m.

HERE ARE SIX THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT HER

1 Avery Sun­shine is the stage name of Denise 2 Nicole White.

2 Born just south of Philadel­phia in Penn­syl­va­nia, she be­gan play­ing pi­ano at age 7. By 13, she had a gig as a choir direc­tor at the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Catholic 3 Church.

3 In 2011, Jet Mag­a­zine named her one of its five Ris­ing In­die Artists. Her song, “Like This,” was fea­tured in the TBS se­ries, “Franklin & Bash.”

4 The singer now lives in At­lanta. Di­vorced in 2008, the sin­gle mother of two re­mar­ried in 2016. The groom was her gui­tarist, Dana Johnson, who is also a pro­ducer and com­poser.

5 Her stage name is a mash- up of her two fa­vorite char­ac­ters: Shug Avery from “The Color Pur­ple” and Sun­shine from “Har­lem Nights.”

6 On the mean­ing be­hind her new al­bum’s ti­tle, “Twenty Sixty Four,” she said: “Dana and I both said we’d never ever, times in­fin­ity, get mar­ried again. We slapped five on it. Then he called and said, ‘We’re go­ing to get mar­ried.’ … I prayed and said, ‘ God if you give me un­til 2064 with this amaz­ing man — I’ll be 89 and he’ll be 91 — I prom­ise I’ll stop cuss­ing, overeat­ing and work out ev­ery day.’”

LANSTU PHOTO

R&B singer Avery Sun­shine per­forms tonight at the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter.

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