“There’s something about the vibration of music that brings you back to the spirit.”
Avery Sunshine’s burnished soul that is slowing rising from its submerged status is one of 2010’s biggest secrets. The singer, songwriter and keyboardist who has made Atlanta home for almost two decades belts her tunes with a sensual ferocity straight out of R&B’s inception at the crossroads of blues, meter and gospel. It is the classic contradiction of several soul giants to split the fever between flesh and faith. But Sunshine, government name Denise White, has no conflict because to her God’s omnipotence denies any divide. Unlike the tugs-of-war that Marvin Gaye, Prince and Al Green battled for years and resulted in good sounds Ms. White’s music acknowledges the tangible world without guilt to the spirit. The choir director and would-be sitcom actress from Pennsylvania produced a singular debut that has been an exciting ride for online soul fanatics that only started earlier this year. She has charted well on iTunes and is currently touring the east coast now that her run with I Dream, a musical about Dr. King has ended. Affable and smart, Ms. Sunshine is ardent about living as a working musician forever and doing some serious shoe shopping in between taking on the world.
How did you become an artist?
I had moved down to Atlanta to attend Spelman College and major in piano. I was directing choirs and I was always performing but being an artist that happened after I graduated. Once I got out of school I started writing music and through my closest friend in the world she’s a Spelmanite as well. She was a vocal major and I was a piano major and she would sing and I would play and we just started writing music and we decided to start a group called Daisy Rue compiled of her mother’s name and my mother’s name. She ended-up leaving to go on Broadway and do Rent. That left me here and I’m telling you if she hadn’t left I don’t know what I would have been doing. Of course I was heartbroken it really pushed me into taking life seriously and becoming an artist and next thing I know seven eight years later here we are. You know how stuff will happen to you and you’re upset and the way it happened but you know I guess that’s why we’re not God. I had no idea that it would become I’m happy it turned out the way it did I’m so happy.