Project Songbird – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – February 15th, 2018

Project Songbird

Project Songbird

Thu · February 15, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$15 + Fees

Project Songbird
Project Songbird
Project Songbird features the vocal talents of Romona Riscoe Benson, Sharon Powell and Mellanie Lassiter. It is the musical fusing of busy women who are, much like the Sankofa symbol, reclaiming their love of music by performing songs of meaning and connectivity. Songbirds is an initiative that highlights sister-friends, known and regarded in the Philadelphia region. Under the direction of Henri McMillian, they enjoy a desire for good melodies, along with their commitment to community engagement.

Mellanie was raised in church. Gospel is the genre closest to her heart, having performed with the Grammy-nominated Wilmington Chester Mass Choir for several years. She loves the power of words and uses her vocal abilities to inspire others. Mellanie seeks to empower and uplift by encouraging people to be the best version of them. She continues to explore new vocal capabilities and is drawn to classic R&B and contemporary jazz.

Sharon enjoys all genres of music, especially vintage jazz standards and “doo-wop” oldies. She attributes her soprano voice to her late father Ernest Powell, a local “doo-wop” recording artist in the late ‘50’s. She’s performed with local bands at many nightclubs throughout the region including the legendary Jewels Nightclub on N. Broad St. Sharon previously used her songwriting skills to produce jingles for radio stations and local organizations.

Romona began her musical journey listening to her mother’s collection of leading jazz artists of the time. She began her jazz journey under the direction of Nathan Davis, singing with the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble. She has played with acclaimed musicians including Geri Allen and the legendary Kenny Clarke. Her performance have been in venues in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, including the beloved Zanzibar Blue and, now, South Jazz Cafe. Romona values her passion for singing as a vehicle to tell stories for her audiences.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/