Howard Hewett LIVE
MAY 7, 2022 | 7PM | wilson hall
An Evening of Smooth R&B with the Legendary Grammy Award winning Howard Hewett. Special Guest is Showtime at The Apollo Winner & Season 13 American Idol Semifinalist George Lovett. All driven by the smooth sounds of Christopher’s Project.
Grammy Award Winning, R&B Legend Howard Hewett
Howard Hewett is one of the most gifted vocalists in the Post-Marvin Gaye era of pop R&B.
He started singing as a child, fronting his older sisters in The Hewett Singers. The group toured the gospel circuit. As a teen, Hewett sharpened his crooner skills in a funk band called Lyfe. In 1976, Hewett moved to Los Angeles and formed a group put together by the owners of the historic Maverick’s Flat, called Beverly Hills.
Hewett got his mainstream break as the male vocal lead in Shalamar, a centerpiece of Dick Griffey’s SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles Records) label. His tenor voice mixed beautifully with the bright vocals of Jody Watley, the dancing skills of Jeffery Daniels and the writing and production of Leon Sylvers III. The group gave the world feel-good dance favorites The Second Time Around and A Night to Remember, the baby-making classic For the Lover in You, as well as a number of beautiful B-side ballads like You Can Count On Me and Somewhere There’s a Love. When Watley and Daniels left the group in 1983, Hewett continued to lead Mickey Free and Delisa Davis in the reconstituted Shalamar. This version of the group was best known for soundtrack contributions on Footloose and Beverly Hills Cop with Dancing in the Sheets and the Grammy-winning Don’t Get Stopped in Beverly Hills, respectively.
In the mid-eighties, Howard sets out on his solo career, releasing I Commit to Love in 1986 on Elektra and from the first single Hewett made magic, giving his amorous voice and whimsical lyrics to Stay, I’m For Real and the title track. Most beloved track on this freshman release would be his spiritually grounded Say Amen. This single soared on the Inspirational charts and has enjoyed the status of a modern gospel classic.
Subsequent projects have solidified Hewett’s place in the high ranks of R&B balladeers by writing and collaborating and lending his voice within an intimate group of crooners, including George Duke, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, Anita Baker, Prince and Stanley Clarke. With Elektra, he released Forever and Ever (1988- Once, Twice, Three Times), Howard Hewett (1990- Show Me) and Allegiance (1992- Can We Try Again).
Later work shows increasing authenticity as Hewett rips song lyrics straight from his soul. It’s Time (1994- This Love is Forever), written and produced almost exclusively with long time friend and collaborator Monte Seward, displays all the vulnerability involved in falling and staying in love. In 2001, Hewett released the all inspirational album The Journey, where he shows us that his faith can’t be separated from his heart and soul.
Hewett continues to seduce audiences and eardrums as he is constantly touring and intermittently releasing new music.
“Of all the fine vocalists working today, Howard Hewett is one of the finest.” – Babyface
SPECIAL GUEST George Lovett
George Lovett is a singer songwriter from Baltimore MD. He is a 2014 American Idol Season 13 Semifinalist and a three-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo, who has also performed in several Broadway plays and musicals.
Lovett recently archived viral success on a whistle singing video with over eight million views. After the release of his first successful singles “Ruby”& “Ruby (Whistle Song)”, Lovett is currently working on his first EP.
Christopher’s Project has been entertaining Fans/Clients for more than 20 Years. Led By Saxophonist Christopher Pipkins. A 3 Time winner at Showtime At the Apollo in NYC. A recipient of The Black Excellence Award in Music And Currently On the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment Team.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Juneteenth Rhythm and Soul Celebration featuring Howard Hewett that was set for June 19th 2021 has been rescheduled. As you may well be aware, the government has called on the public to stop gathering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and so it wouldn’t be responsible for us to go ahead with the event at this time.
Mr Hewett will instead be performing at the rescheduled date of May 7th 2022, as we give the Vaccines, and stepped up COVID protocol a chance to properly work, thus providing us with the opportunity to provide you all a safer, healthier atmosphere to enjoy live music.
You can also find out more about COVID-19 on the on the WHO, NHS and CDC websites.
Stay safe, and we’ll be in touch with more information soon.