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Saturday 5th May 2018: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

If you haven’t been to the church of Avery Sunshine then you are going to have to hold on to your hats as Avery takes you to the most joyous of uplifting, gospel and soul infused heaven.

With her ability to deliver stunning soulful sensibility, the possessor of thunderous, gospel-bred vocals and the talent to craft self-penned heart-to-heart content, this singer-songwriter can’t help spilling the truth in her music. She knows the best route sometimes is the direct one.

No detours, so listeners won’t have to “get on her level” - she’s already on theirs!

With numerous sell out UK shows under her belt, Avery makes a welcome return to Rye in early May with her incredibly talented band.

Unreserved Seated Tickets: £30.00

2nd Tier Unreserved Seated Tickets: £20.00

“Avery’s talent is zeppelin-sized, her vocals so rich and listenable…” The Express

“A radiant brand of soul delivered from the gut with a joyful smile…” The Washington Post

Supporting Avery is the highly acclaimed ‘Drawtones’ that are receiving amazing reviews as one of the cutting edge bands specialising in
the music of Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, George Duke, Lou Donaldson, Marcus Miller, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis with dynamic original compositions.

The Drawtones are gaining huge traction and are regularly performing at many of the leading jazz clubs in the UK.

Artist: Avery Sunshine

Listen to Avery Sunshine

Some people have a calling that is undeniable and Avery*Sunshine is no exception. Yet the former church pianist/musical director, who scored a #1 Billboard chart hit, was at once a reluctant warrior. “I had no idea that my work in the church would prepare me to do what I do.”

Bringing people together through her riveting stage performances, candid and often humorous stage banter and optimistic anthems about love and life is what Avery*Sunshine does best. In fact she does it so well, that she has garnered praise from iconic musical figures like The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who raves, “I love Avery*Sunshine!”

The Atlanta based singer’s no holds barred signature soul/R&B sound has also made believers of such luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Berry Gordy and Boy George who proclaimed on twitter “@averysunshine I love this woman’s voice”.

Avery*Sunshine and her musical partner (now husband) and guitarist Dana “Big Dane” Johnson, have collectively either collaborated and/or toured with everyone from Anthony Hamilton, KEM, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Babyface and Roy Ayers to B.B. King, Michael Buble and Jennifer Holliday.

Avery*Sunshine’s #1 hit single “Call My Name” from hercritically heralded sophomore project THE SUNROOM, was awarded ASCAP’s Rhythm and Soul song of the year 2016 award. There have been numerous sold out shows and career milestones that have included opening for Babyface at Madison Square Garden, performing for Smokey Robinson at his Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame tribute to being invited to perform by and for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, twice in one year. In the same year Avery was nominated for a SoulTrain award and a BET Centric Award.

While she continues to tour the world: everywhere from many countries in Europe to Asia, Africa, the UK and Australia, she and Dana never stop creating and recording. Twenty Sixty Four, Avery*Sunshine’s 3rd release, which is scheduled for release in the UK and Europe later this year, features organic soulful in-the- pocket grooves, sublime ballads, exquisite arrangements/orchestrations and exuberant life affirming tracks. The vocals shine throughout, the production is tight and the songwriting hits home.

Avery*Sunshine describes herself as a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Bette Midler. To experience her live is to understand this notion. In a genre that is inundated with singers, Avery*Sunshine has forged a way for herself by staying true to her musical vision. “My greatest wish is for our music to empower and encourage, in some way, everyone who hears it. That is why Dana and I do this”, shares the radiant singer. With the upcoming release of Twenty Sixty Four, Avery*Sunshine concludes, “I am always striving to fill the space that I was created to fill. And I pray that the small space that I occupy in this world reminds everyone to SHINE no matter what.”

“Avery’s talent is zeppelin-sized, her vocals so rich and listenable…” The Express

“A radiant brand of soul delivered from the gut with a joyful smile…” The Washington Post

Artist: The Drawtones

The Drawtones

The Drawtones are one of the UK’s fastest rising British Hammond Organ jazz and funk bands. With their debut collaborative album “Down the Line” performed with jazz award winning saxophonist Derek Nash.

The Drawtones have debut shows at Pizza Express Maidstone and The Hideawayin London this year along with the release of their debut album back in March 2017. It will not be long before you hear their top class musicianship which will explain their incredible success to date.

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.

  • Licensed bar during performances
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access

St Mary’s Church
Church Square
East Sussex
TN31 7HF

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