Some people have a destiny although practically nothing points to its obviousness. Avery*Sunshine is one of these lucky people. Despite that, the pianist and former director of church music, who landed a number one hit in the Billboard charts, only followed her destiny hesitantly at first. „I had no idea that church music would prepare me for what I am today,” Avery*Sunshine recounted. What does she stand for today? With her captivating stage performances, her open-minded, mostly humorous teasing and her optimistic hymns about love and
life, she unites very different listeners. According to her own self-assessment, that‘s what she does best. Strictly speaking, she is so good at it that she has been showered with praise from cult artists such as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who raved: „I love Avery*Sunshine!“ The unique, uncompromising soul/R&B sound of the Atlanta-based singer has made Avery*Sunshine believers out of luminaries such as Patti LaBelle and Berry Gordy. Boy George announced on Twitter: „@averysunshine – I love voice of this woman.“ Avery*Sunshine and Dana „Big Dane“ Johnson, her musical partner and husband, have toured or collaborated as a collective with different stars such as Michael Buble, B. B. King, Babyface, Anthony
Hamilton, KEM, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Roy Ayers and Jennifer Holliday.
Avery*Sunshine‘s number one hit single „Call My Name“, from her second critically acclaimed album „The Sunroom“, was awarded a prize by the American GEMA equivalent ASCAP as Rhythm and Soul Song of the Year 2016. Avery*Sunshine‘s career milestones include several sold-out shows under her own name, support slots for Babyface at Madison Square Garden in New York, and a performance in honor of Smokey Robinson during his Rock‘ N‘ Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert. And two invitations in one year to concerts for Aretha Franklin. In addition, Avery was nominated for a Soul Train and BET Centric Award. During their worldwide tours, during which she regularly travels to many European countries, England, Asia, Africa and Australia, she constantly composes new songs together with Dana.
“Twenty Sixty Four“, Avery*Sunshine‘s new third album, is full of soulful, supple grooves that make even complex meters seem easy. Perfectly shaped ballads, carefully written arrangements and orchestrations round off the album‘s captivating character alongside of lively, life-affirming tracks. Avery‘s voice warms your soul during the record‘s entire playing time, while the production draws attention to natural sounds. However, it is Avery‘s songwriting which is foremost, with which she once again hits the mark.