Will Downing

Howard Hewitt

Avery Sunshine

Saturday, April 6/ 7:00 p.m.
WHUR 96.3 FM presents

Santander Performing Arts Center / Reading
Tickets: $58 & $51 (Reserved Seating)

Will Downing has won a loyal audience of contemporary jazz and R&B fans with albums and concerts that showcase his rich baritone vocals and unique interpretations of R&B and pop classics.

His recording career stretching back to the 1980s, Downing often is compared to Luther Vandross.

“I think of Luther Vandross as the standard-bearer for adult vocalists, and there aren’t many of us around,” Downing says. “Musically, I may straddle the fence between R&B and contemporary jazz.”

His most recent album was Soul Survivor (2017).

Howard Hewitt is among the great pure vocalists of the urban contemporary era.

He danced on Soul Train and became one-third of Shalamar with Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Whatley in 1979. They had several big hits before Hewett departed for a solo career in 1985.

Hewitt has supplemented his solo career by staying busy as a writer, producer, session vocalist and background vocalist.

With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine can’t help spilling the truth in her music.

Sunshine knows the best route sometimes is the direct one. No detours. Listeners don’t have to get on her level. She already is on theirs.

“I want people to get music,” she says. “I don’t want them to have to decipher some code in order to understand where I’m coming from.”

Her most recent album was Twenty Sixty Four (2017).