Gospel, soul and R&B singer Avery*Sunshine returns to the Tralf Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday for a concert in anticipation of the release of her sophomore album, “The Sun Room,” due this spring. Sunshine, as her name suggests, arrives like a long overdue ray of light in the world of contemporary R&B. Her rich, virtuosic singing, deep understanding of R&B’s roots in gospel music, and her ability to infuse her often first-person narratives with a life-affirming optimism, combine to conjure a deeply spirited sound.
Fans of Erykah Badu, Rachelle Ferrell and Cassandra Wilson, you’ve been served notice – Sunshine’s marriage of organic soul, sultry R&B and the sophisticated phrasing of jazz make her one of the leading lights on the modern urban music scene.
Drea D’Nur will open.
Tickets are $35 advance, $40 on the day of the show (box office, Ticketmaster).
– Jeff Miers