Some people have a calling that is undeniable, and Avery*Sunshine is no exception. Yet, the former church pianist and musical director who scored a number-one Billboard chart hit was at once a reluctant warrior. “I had no idea that my work in the church would prepare me to do what I do.” Bringing people together, through her riveting stage performances, candid and often humorous stage banter, and optimistic anthems about love and life, is what Avery*Sunshine does best. In fact, she does it so well that she has garnered praise from iconic musical figures such as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, who raves, “I love Avery*Sunshine!” The Atlanta-based singer’s no-holds-barred signature soul and R&B sound has also made believers of such luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Berry Gordy, and Boy George, who proclaimed on Twitter “@averysunshine love this woman’s voice.”
Avery*Sunshine and her musical partner (now husband) and guitarist Dana “Big Dane” Johnson have collectively either collaborated and/or toured with everyone, from Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Babyface, and Roy Ayers to B. B. King, Michael Bublé, and Jennifer Holliday.
Avery*Sunshine’s number-one hit single “Call My Name,” from her critically heralded sophomore project The Sunroom, was awarded the Rhythm and Soul Song of the Year in 2016 by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). She has also had numerous sold-out shows and career milestones, which have included opening for Babyface at Madison Square Garden, performing for Smokey Robinson at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute, and being invited to perform by and for Aretha Franklin twice in one year. Avery*Sunshine has also been nominated for a Soul Train Award (2014) and a BET Centric Award (2015).
With a distinct voice that can brighten even the cloudiest day, soul singer Avery Sunshine exudes rays of sunlight and love.
Avery Sunshine is the epitome of unfiltered Soul music. When you close your eyes and listen to her voice resonate throughout her songs, it transports you to a time where music was unapologetically ‘Black’—music created from the roots of our African ancestors, beating from the bottom of their soul.
I love Avery*Sunshine!