The ladies of Atlanta put on their best heels, stepped out, and knocked last night’s ATL Live out of Piedmont Park. ASCAP hosted a special “Ladies Night” edition of the popular music series that boasted a few of their best female performers including incredible vocalist, Mylah, the rising R&B sensation from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Demetria McKinney, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Crystal Nicole. Kenny Burns returned to host the show alongside DJ Trauma and the houseband, Quinn and Jukebox.
The show kicked-off with a performance by Mylah; protege of Grammy Award-winning producer, Bryan Michael-Cox. Mylah performed two tracks off her upcoming EP. Demetria McKinney impressed the audience with a set that started with a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”. McKinney followed with a showcase of two singles from her upcoming EP, “Officially Yours”. The first song named, “Hurt Back”, highlighted McKinney’s strong vocals, and the second, “100” featured a pop-up performance from rapper, Da Brat - the first surprise artist of the night! Da Brat briefly returned to the stage after her performance with Demetria McKinney to indulge in a snippet of her classic, “So Funkdafied” before taking the show into intermission.
Crystal Nicole, a renowned songwriter for artists including Rihanna and Beyoncé, also showered the audience with her amazing voice and mesmerizing stage presence. Nicole flaunted her talents by singing a few stanzas from classics by R&B divas including “You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” by Toni Braxton, “That Thing” by Lauryn Hill, and “Love All Over Me”, a ballad performed by Monica and written by Crystal Nicole herself. Nicole wrapped up her performance with her new dramatic single, “Sundown”, a beautifully written piece that she says is “for all the lovers.”
Crystal Nicole’s impressive set prepared the audience for a surprise performance by the beautiful songstress, KeKe Wyatt! Once Wyatt hit the stage, the crowd was treated to a vocally stunning show of her single “Fall in Love” off her new self-titled EP followed by a jazzy performance of her classic remake of “If Only You Knew” .
Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols were not done yet - after Wyatt wrapped her act, the sultry and smooth R&B great, Joe shocked the audience by taking the stage and performing two of his greatest hits, “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do” and “I Wanna Know”. Before exiting, Joe thanked the audience for “showing R&B love” and promoted his upcoming album, Bridges, that will be hitting stores on June 3rd. Although, he wasn’t a female performer, Joe’s surprise serenade proved to be the cherry on top of this month’s sweet “Ladies Night” edition of ATL Live on the Park.
Shanti Das, Marlon Nichols, ASCAP and this month’s sponsors, Gentleman Jack, Belvedere Vodka, and W Atlanta Midtown, made the May “Ladies Night Edition” of ATL Live on the Park a spectacular event. The talent and and beauty that graced the stage contributed to another memorable edition of the best live show in Atlanta.
Notables in attendance included: Music Producer Bryan Michael Cox, Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, singer Anthony David, Chef Mali Hunter - Owner of TreeSound Studios, Jennifer Drake - Creative Director Universal Publishing, Hurricane Dave - Program Director of Hot 107.9, DJ Sense of The Aphilliates, Beestroh of Hot 107.9, Deborah Antney - CEO of Mizay Entertainment, singer Jonah Swilley, Mona Scott-Young - CEO of Monami Entertainment - Love and Hip Hop, singer and songwriter Verse Simmonds, Chaka Zulu co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace Records, LaTavia Roberson and Meelah Williams from TV One’s R&B Divas, Havoc Jones.