ASC Presents: Will Downing's Sophisticated Soul Explosion


Tue Feb 14 2023 at 07:00 pm


UAB's Alys Stephens Center | Birmingham, AL

featuring special guests Maysa, Jonathan Butler, and poet Hank Stewart
Will Downing
With a career that spans over 35 years and 25 albums, Will Downing is one of the most versatile and loved voices of our time. Known as ‘The Prince of Sophisticated Soul,’ his repertoire consists of signature interpretations of R&B classics like “I Go Crazy”, “Wishing On A Star” and “I Try”, with original hits “A Million Ways”, “Sorry I” and the show-stopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This”. His distinctive baritone voice has resonated in the hearts of women worldwide and carved a unique niche in the music marketplace. With fresh melodies and lush arrangements that satisfy all musical palates, Downing continues to serve his fan base through his own Sophisticated Soul record label and sold-out tour dates across the country. His latest release entitled “Sophisticated Soul” was released on November 1, 2021.
Hank Stewart
If you say, Emmy Award-Winning, best-selling author, or Poet Laureate, you have to be talking about Mr. Hank Stewart. Stewart a poet, author, activist, philanthropist, humanitarian, and motivational speaker. Stewart is celebrating over 25 years as an artist. Stewart’s talent has afforded him unique opportunities to recite his work to the mother of the civil rights movement Mrs. Rosa Parks, to the former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Stewart has written and performed commercials for The McDonalds Corporation and WAGA-Atlanta Black History spots which resulted in the attainment of 2007 Emmy, Promax, and Gabby Awards.
Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and raps her audience in their hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies, and harmonies in a way that only she can. Blessed with a honey-toned voice and a magnetic stage presence, Having collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Incognito, Angela Bofill, Will Downing and Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry, and more.
Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid and raised in poverty, Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television. Jonathan would neither forget the plight of his fellow South Africans, nor the man that led them to freedom. It is for this reason Nelson Mandela credits Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. In more ways than one, Jonathan Butler is representative of South Africa.

Valentine’s Pre–Reception:
Add on to your ticket with a special Valentine’s Pre-Reception beginning at 5:30P across the street at Abroms-Engel-Institute for the Visual Arts. Add-on is available through ticket purchase checkout.
Beef Tenderloin Crostini | Citrus Herb Shrimp | Caprese Bites
Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes | Chicken Satay Skewers | Desserts
Also includes champagne, wine, beer, and an ASC show cup.
Cash bar available.

Where is it happening?

UAB's Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave South,Birmingham,AL,United States, Birmingham, United States

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