Claiborne’s reflections on life in Charlottesville go beyond tiki torches and statues. She tells a powerful story that includes a Charlottesville not mentioned on the news or social media. This musical account of her life, rooted in a place known historically and recently for violence and division, branches out and addresses relationships, loss, responsibility, transformation, and most of all, love. Claiborne inspires the audience to stretch beyond what they might assume about a woman of color from a place known for hatred and shares herself openly, honestly and unapologetically.
“Showcasing Richelle Claiborne’s strengths as a storyteller and a vocalist, Black Music Excellence truly lives up to its name. Richelle Claiborne expertly weaves personal stories with well-researched and significant tales of some of America’s most beloved black musicians, from Nina to Stevie and beyond. Richelle is a powerhouse singer and orator, plus she’s hilarious, as quick to move you to tears as she is to have you crying laughing. With an incredible backing band and epic song choices, Black Music Excellence is not to be missed.”
—Emily Morrison, Director of The Front Porch, Charlottesville, VA
Black Music Excellence Through the Ages features Richelle Claiborne plus: Ti Ames Bud Bryant Rob Hubbard Ivan Orr Tucker Rogers