Soul singer Mary Bridget Davies
proved once again why she deserved her Tony nomination for playing Janis Joplin
in A Night With Janis Joplin
on Broadway last night at B.B. Kings in Manhattan. One of her first performances since Janis
closed, Davies showcased her range, style and humor beyond what she brought to the stage as the blues legend who passed away at 27 years old in 1970.
Singing over 20 songs, Davies belted out everything from Al Green
's "Love and Happiness" to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
"100 Days, 100 Nights," to Porgy and Bess
to Etta James
. There aren't many performers who could do justice to those diverse of singers, but Davies blessed each song with ease and soul. The over 90-minute set list was one that many Billboard charting hit-makers probably couldn't endure. Davies owns a colossal, one-of-a-kind vocal strength that balances between classic and current.
The Cleveland-born singer is also someone who isn't afraid to share the stage with another powerhouse vocalist — blues and Broadway singer Sabrina Elayne Carten
delivered a whopping version of Aretha Franklin
's "Today I Sing the Blue. The Bronx native is a powerhouse — and worthy of a Google search if you're not familiar with her work.
Hopefully, fans of blues and soul music will get the proper exposure to Mary Bridget Davies. Her passion transcends Broadway, blues, male, female, Black or white. Mary Bridget Davies is performing again at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City on July 7, July 28 and August 11.