The 9th annual Flypoet Summer Classic features an all-star line-up of the world's dopest spoken word artists, with special musical guests GRAMMY®-winning R&B legends Faith Evans and Johnny Gill, performing with a live band. Joining these spectacular artists are live improvisational painter Norton Wisdom, spoken word artist Prentice Powell, international poet MasterPiece, and HBO Def Poet and motivational speaker Red Storm. Prepare to be severely entertained!
Faith Renée Evans is a multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. Faith is also a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur, a TV executive producer and more. She has released eight studio albums, with over 18 million albums sold and spawning over 30 singles. Faith has also performed on 20+ soundtracks and a host of guest appearances during her career. Faith Evans is a seven-time GRAMMY® nominee; winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1998 for “I’ll Be Missing You,” an homage to her late husband and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G.
Johnny Gill is behind eight solo and duet Top Ten R&B hits, as well as a member of New Edition since 1987, and was a member of the supergroup LSG with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat. He has received two GRAMMY® Award nominations, one with New Edition and one as a solo artist. Johnny won two Soul Train Awards: Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year – Male and Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Single for "My My My" in 1991. He has claimed 17 Adult R&B Songs chart entries as a soloist since the ranking began in 1993. As part of LSG, Johnny logged four additional Adult R&B Songs chart hits, including a pair of top 10s: “My Body” (No. 3 in 1997) and “Door #1” (No. 5, 1998
Prentice is a family man, a writer and an accomplished spoken word artist. He has been recognized as a National Slam Finalist, 2006 Oakland and San Francisco Grand Slam Champion, 2007 Spoken Word Artist of the Year, and 2013 NAACP Image Award Nominee. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Dr. Cornell West, and opened for Jill Scott during her 2013 Summer Tour.
International Poet MasterPiece is a six-time award winning performer who has broad range of work and accomplishments. As seen on Good Morning Texas, All Def Poetry, Huffington Post, CNN, Teen Vogue, The Examiner, Essence Magazine and countless other national publications, she is a force to be reckoned with.
HBO Def Poet/Motivational Speaker/Author Red Storm is to poetry what John the Baptist was to Jesus, a purifier. He is a lyrical current that can electrify an audience of any magnitude. His street philosophy has the potential to redeem, recover and resurrect a movement.
His live, improvisational paintings are temporary interpretations of the performances on stage, created in real time.
PLEASE NOTE: No hard liquor may be brought into the Ford Theatres, beer and wine are okay. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased on site.