Chester Gregory, Adrienne Warren, Josh Franklin Will Join Moya Angela at (Le) Poisson Rouge
By Michael Gioia
Moya and Twisted Soulz, which will mark the debut of Moya Angela's (Ghost) eclectic band that blends classic R&B, pop and soul, will be offered Jan. 28 at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.
Daniel Watts will kick off the evening at 7 PM, with Twisted Soulz scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. Joining Angela throughout the evening will be Chester Gregory II (Sister Act), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On) and Josh Franklin (Ghost).
According to producers Nikole Vallins and Natalie Malotke, "Moya Angela is stepping out to premiere her band 'Moya and Twisted Soulz.' Their eclectic sound is a mix of country, pop, rock with a touch of soul. Musically, Moya is influenced by the power and intensity of Celine Dion, the soul and connection of Adele, and the energy and dynamics of Kelly Clarkson."
The group features musical director Steven Jamail, with musicians Colin Dean (bass), Micah Burgess (guitar) and Tenika Prawl (drums) as well background vocalists Nicole Weiss, Jessica Luster and Corey Johnson.
Music director Jamail added, "While she's melting your face and breaking your heart you may find yourself asking if this isn't the impossible lovechild of Jessye Norman and Kelly Clarkson."
Angela, who made her Broadway debut in The Lion King, played Clara in Ghost. She has also been seen in the national tours of Dreamgirls and The Lion King.
(le) Poisson Rouge is located at 165 Bleecker Street. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door plus a two-item minimum. For tickets, visit lePoissonRouge.com. For more information, visit VallinsAndMalotke.com.
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