(Photo: Courtesy The Diva Foundation)
Before taking the stage at Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 21st annual Divas Simply Singing benefit for HIV/AIDS charities at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Niecy Nash, Shanice Wilson and Frenchie Davis gave BET.com the scoop on their latest endeavors, musical, theatrical and personal.
Just back from the Toronto set of a horror movie called Nurse 3D in which she plays “the Black girl who makes it to the end,” Nash is hosting a relationship show for Yahoo.com, Let’s Talk About Love. “I want to invite people to have a different perspective when it comes to love. Sometimes when we’ve been brokenhearted or beat down by it or a little jaded, we’re fearful of getting back into it, and I don’t want people to shy away from the very thing we were created for,” says the newlywed, who married electrical engineer Jay Tucker in May. “I love waking up every morning next to my best friend,” she says.
Wilson, whose new single, “Tomorrow,” is available at shaniceonline.com and iTunes, is working on a new album and plans to tour internationally once it’s done. She and her actor husband, Flex Alexander, have been married for 11 years, and she says their relationship has lasted because “We’re best friends and we’re spiritually connected. We have fun together, we communicate. The sun isn’t always shining but we’re willing to put in the work.”
Their daughter, 10, and son, 7, have inherited the performance gene. “They both love singing and acting. My son said he wants to be the next Michael Jackson. My daughter wants to be like Miley Cyrus,” Wilson reports.
Although she didn’t win, competing on NBC’s The Voice gave Davis a big career boost, expanded her fan base and provided the encouragement she needed to keep pursuing her dreams. “I had maybe 3,500 Twitter followers before, and now I’m at 35,000,” she compares. “It was an amazing experience that did so much for my soul. It was like God reminding me, ‘Don’t give up on this. It’s still out there for you.’”
She’s now working on a dance-pop album she hopes will “inspire people and get them on the dance floor,” and is considering “a couple of Broadway opportunities.” With national tours of Dreamgirls and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and four years on Broadway in Rent to her credit, she’d love to play Mama Morgan in Chicago. “But eight shows a week is a hard schedule and I want to get this album recorded before I go back to Broadway,” she says.