FORT LAUDERDALE — Vocalist Melissa “MoonChild” Stokes is featured at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Spring Jazz Concert as part of the Cannonball Jazz Series at the Old Dillard Museum, 1009 N.W. Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale.
Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
For tickets and other information, call 754-322-8828.
A Miami resident born in California in December of 1977, Stokes was educated and raised in Africa and the Middle East as the dependent of an American diplomat, absorbing a rich tapestry of music, dance and the ancient healing arts.
She then studied dance and pre-medicine at the University of California, San Diego before moving to South Florida as an entrepreneur and student artist learning from world-renown, long-time accomplished musicians.
As a healer, Stokes embraces music as her favorite modality of getting to the root of all human ailments, and plans to use music, dance and science to channel healing vibrations and joy to as many people as possible.
Her voice is thick and soothing like Sade with an at times abstract tone and syncopation reminiscent of Billie Holiday. She seamlessly writes and sings to everything from elegant latin ballads, to driving hip hop tracks, to smooth jazz and R&B to electronic dance.
The past couple years have been dedicated to honing her performance skills and creating Eclectic Collection I, her jazzy R&B, independent debut album release.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Melissa Stokes
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Old Dillard Museum
COST: Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at door
CONTACT: For tickets and other information, call 754-322-8828