Special to the Spirit
hester native singer/songwriter/pianist Avery Sunshine is returning to the area she left 20 years ago to appear in concert at the Baby Grand Theatre in Wilmington on Friday (Sept. 30th).
The artist, who did return about a year ago for a performance at the Andre Café Acoustique in Chester, has been living in Georgia since attending Atlanta’s Spelman College. During her college years, she began to make a name for herself as half of the singing duo, DaisyRew. Avery later lent her voice to The Fighting Temptations soundtrack, and became lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns in 2005.
In 2007, Jennifer Holiday selected her to be the choral director for the theatrical production of Dreamgirls.
For the past year and a half, Avery has been touring around the US and all over the world (in places like New York, Washington, D.C., London, Amsterdam, Scotland, Japan, and Africa). She soon will add Switzerland to that list as she is scheduled to perform there towards the end of October. Avery says about her travels, “It’s been an absolute blessing.”
Avery’s mother, Ruth White, was a very active Chester resident before moving south to Atlanta last year to be with her daughter. She was a member of the National Association of Business and Professional Women; she served on multiple boards, and owned a hair salon aptly named, Ruth White’s Beauty Salon.
Being a local event, the concert in Wilmington may feel to Avery like she is returning to her roots. “It’s going to be a great event,” Avery says,