Blaemire, Cooper, Jones, Thomas and More Join Cast of Soul Deep Benefit

News   Blaemire, Cooper, Jones, Thomas and More Join Cast of Soul Deep Benefit Several additional performers have joined the line-up of artists taking part in Soul Deep: An Anthology of Black Music, an upcoming concert at Birdland that will honor stage and screen star Phylicia Rashad and raise funds for Broadway Inspirational Voices, the gospel singing group.

The Aug. 18 concert at the famed jazz venue will feature the previously announced La La Brooks, Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Chad Goodwin, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Justin Keyes, Adriane Lenox, Maurice Murphy, Harry Thompson, Destan Owens and Sophia Stephens.

Newcomers to the 7 PM event include Nick Blaemire, Alex Cooper, Jessica Hershberg, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Vanessa Jones, Marty Thomas, Johnny Voltik, Jasmin Walker and Kenny Williams.

Singers will pay homage to such entertainers as Bo Diddley, Sarah Vaughn, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and Public Enemy, among others.

Broadway Inspirational Voices is a gospel ensemble comprised of actors performing on and off Broadway whose mission is to "bring people of all races and religious backgrounds together to explore and perform traditional American Musical art forms with an emphasis on Gospel music."

Amy Birnbaum and Dominique Sharpton are producing the benefit concert. Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $25 and $50 (VIP), are available by calling (212) 581-3080 or by visiting www.birdlandjazz.com.

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