Aretha Franklin. Betty Wright. Ann Peebles. Just a few of the trailblazers who paved the way for not just women in soul but in every genre of music. Their acrobatic vocal stylings and gut wrenching delivery were only bested by those meaningful lyrics—cries for RESPECT or lamenting on how the rain reminds us of those things we wish to forget. These amazing women weaved stories of the beauty—as well as the pain—of womanhood.
Fast forward a few decades, a new resurgence of soul began to spring up globally and Memphis is, once again, a guiding light. The Women of Soul concert series is a showcase of the talent that has kept our soulful tradition alive, carrying its torch, and using its fire to ignite new sounds, new legacies. Open your hearts and ears to the new sounds of Memphis Soul as we present D’Monet, Karen Brown, Talibah Safiya, Tonya Dyson, Keia Johnson, and Stefanie Bolton as WOMEN OF SOUL.
About Karen Brown
An evening out listening to the sounds of award-winning vocalist Karen Brown is like spending the night with the biggest musical legends of our time. Karen blends the soulful artistry of her church choir experience with the moving emotions of the great music legends and delivers a performance that is uniquely her own. She sings in the key of love while specializing in the genres of gospel, soul and more. Karen has shared the stage with and sang background for some of the biggest names in the industry and has earned her position as a musical staple through the elements of consistency, vocal efficiency, charisma and professionalism. With a voice that captures the epitome of versatility, there’s no limit to what Brown can do. She doesn’t strive to receive personal praise and glory for her accomplishments, as she attributes all of her success to her Creator.
The classically trained voice known as D'Monet cannot be defined as a jazz, rhythm and blues or a pop singer…but she has redefined the meaning of the traditional soul artist in what she calls "Alkaline Music" (music that heals). Having shared the stage with Soul Crooner Eric Roberson, and also having a brief stint as a background singer for Blackstreet’s Dave Hollister, D’Monet has become a musical mainstay, particularly in the city of Memphis. In 2011, D’Monet was featured on Markevius Faulkner‘s hit single "Day One," which received major radio airplay on WHAL-FM’S 95.7 Hallelujah FM. Giving back to the community eventually earned her a nomination and feature for Black Music Month, sponsored by Ampro Pro Styl (Ampro Industries, Inc.) which was aired on WREG News Channel 3 every day for the whole month of June of 2019 and also in June of 2020. D’Monet recently released her Chrysalis EP, which signifies the evolution of her life and her music. Her long-awaited dream to perform all of her original music was granted on December 21, 2019 for yet again another sold out show at the Crosstown Arts Green Room. It was there that she captivated her audience with her own personal stories and her introduction to Alkaline Music. Her “D’Monet Live at The Green Room” Album is set to release this year. D’Monet continues to share her musical gifts in many ways including vocal coaching for children as young as 5 years old and adults 18 and over. D’Monet has only scratched the surface of what her musical journey beholds.
COVID-19 Procedures and Precautions
The safety of our patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Under the guidance of the Shelby County Health Department, we have put in place important procedures and practices, including social distancing, face coverings, and limited capacity, that will be enforced at this event. Please review these carefully at orpheum-memphis.com/covid19 before purchasing your tickets and arriving at the venue. Thank you for supporting the Orpheum Theatre Group and for helping to keep each other healthy and safe.