The Whispers and K'Jon to bring R&B concert to the St. Pete Times Forum August 15
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m.
TAMPA BAY – The Whispers, known for their smooth, soulful ballads throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the new millennium, will bring their music to the St. Pete Times Forum on Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will feature K’Jon as a special guest.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow describes how long the Whispers’ music will live on in the hearts of Americans. The Whispers remain one of the premier R&B groups to ever grace the stage, and their musical success can be attributed to a careful balance of R&B, disco, jazz and pop to the delight of millions of fans.
One of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers began their legendary and timeless career in 1963, producing a string of hits over the last five decades such as “And the Beat Goes On,” “Rock Steady,” “A Song For Donny” and “Lady.” They emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits. They are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation, and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors. In the new millennium, the group still performs around the world to thousands of loyal fans.
Their music has been heard on movie soundtracks such as “Waiting to Exhale,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” They sang the title track on Jay Leno’s movie soundtrack “Collision Course.” The group has not made any personnel changes and still consists of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leaveil Degree. They are one of only a few “old school” groups that can boast of having over 40 years in the industry with a worldwide fan base, maintaining their vocal dominance and original members.
Their five decades of accomplishments were acknowledged when they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received the San Francisco Chapter of the Grammy Governors Award, inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame in 2006 and selected in 2007 to The Black Music Academy of America, receiving the “Living Legends” award.
They produced a new CD in 2006, an independent product of their newly formed corporation Satin Tie Productions, a masterpiece entitled, For Your Ears Onlythat was lauded by many as the CD of the year. Their 2009 Gospel CD Thankful has received accolades from Billboard magazine.
Music is the universal language and Detroit native K’Jon speaks it well. A masterful singer, songwriter and producer, K’Jon has a broad appeal to audiences in all demographics. His music is soulful enough for R&B lovers, but smooth enough for adult contemporary; it’s sophisticated enough for the grown and sexy, but edgy enough for younger listeners. K’Jon writes and sings about relationships and everyday topics. From making up to breaking up, listeners are amazed at how his catchy hooks and phrases command their attention and demand a permanent place on their favorite play list.
The concert is being held in conjunction with the 117th Imperial Council Session, A.E.A.O.N.M.S., Inc. and the 99th Imperial Court Session, Daughters of Isis Convention which will bring close to 30,000 members to the Tampa Bay Area. Their one-week convention will open with this Centennial Celebration.
Tickets: Tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum Box Office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at . Tickets are priced at $50.00, $75.00, $100.00 and $125.00. Prices do not include facility fees or service charges. For dinner reservations at Medallions Restaurant on the day of the event please call . For more information please call or visit www.sptimesforum.com. Advanced parking passes are available at ticketmaster.com and the Box Office.