A blog entry from DrJays.com sponsored artist Wynter Gordon
Wynter Gordon rips it up on stage
Here’s a blog entry that DrJays.com-sponsored Atlantic Records artist Wynter Gordon recently wrote, describing her first ever live show.
Wynter is currently on tour with J. Holiday and Keyshia Cole.
Yay!!!!! I just hopped off the stage from my first show on the Keyshia Cole Tour. It was amazing!!! It wasn’t amazing because I was so good (I made a lot of mistakes) but it was just such a rush performing in front of so many people and feeding off of their energy. Keyshia Cole has a dedicated fan base of people who love music….and I’m honored to be a part of that experience.
Now while I’m the opening act of this tour, there are certain realities that I must deal with. First, no one is there to see me. Second, no one will know my songs. Three, I will have 10 feet of stage space to do my set. But none of that really matters because I am doing what I love!
Ok, so the show went really well except for a few things. One, the show CD skipped ahead 15 seconds in the middle of my set and then the sound man accidentally pressed stop at the end of one of my songs, causing the CD to begin from the top. This caused my set to delay another 30 seconds, because my manager had to manually fast forward to the minute and second where the second song starts (all the songs are on one track).
So I had to stall and crack jokes while they fixed the problem. All in all, the crowd showed me a lot of love and really responded well to my performance. Despite all the technical mishaps from the first show, I am feeling good about the next one. I know I am going to get better as I get more comfortable on that stage.
Ok, so if I thought I was a big deal before, this tour let’s me know that I am so far from a big deal that it’s not even funny. There are seven people in my tour van. My Driver is Don Jean, my road manager is Paul Parris, my film crew is Barry Offor and Paul Parris, my dancers are Eric/Dister (they alternate shows) and Noel, and then my manager is on the van as well. It’s a bit tight but its a fun crew and we make the most of it.
On that opening road trip though, it was brutal. On the eight hour ride to Cleveland, we lost sight of any good radio stations and Don Jean (driver) could not see the DVD because he had to drive, so he turns on satellite radio to some station that just plays break beats for 24 hours….Paul Parris wakes up to the break beats and starts freestyling…..yes, freestyling!! Don Jean joins in and now we all have to listen to them freestyle for what felt like 3 hours!!!! Hey but if it keeps the driver awake, can I really complain?
I need to say thank you to some lovely people that have really made the beginning of this tour a wonderful experience. To all of the wonderful people in Cleveland, thank you for encouraging me and cheering me on….it was really what I needed for my first show.
Simone, Jean, and Shahendra at DrJays.com – for believing in me, investing in me, outfitting me, and best yet…..befriending me. Vitari and Maureen at Enyce/Lady Enyce for investing in me and my dancers and providing the much needed support for this tour (and my dreams!).
Craig, Chris, Shani, Sickamore, Dionnee, Marsha, and everyone at Atlantic Records for working with me and cheering me on and supporting the Wynter “cause.” Don Pooh, for personally investing… not just in this tour but in my career!
And last but certainly not least, Manny Hailey and Keyshia Cole for blessing me with this opportunity to share with Keyshia’s fans and to watch and learn from an already established artist.
Until next time, look for me in a city near you!
Make sure you check out the tour when it rolls into your town!
Friday August 10 – Minneapolis @ Myth
Saturday August 11 – Milwaukee @ Rave
Sunday August 12 – Chicago @ House of Blues
Tuesday August 14 – Cleveland @ House of Blues
Wednesday August 15 – Detroit @ Chene Park
Friday August 17 – Washington DC @ Love
Saturday August 18 – Atlantic City @ House of Blues
Sunday August 19 – New York City @ Nokia Theatre
Tuesday August 21 – Norfolk @ Norva
Wednesday August 22 – Richmond @ Toads
Friday August 24 – Myrtle Beach @ House of Blues
Saturday August 25 – Atlanta @ Centerstage
Sunday August 26 – Orlando @ House of Blues
Wednesday August 29 – New Orleans @ House of Blues
Thursday August 30 – Dallas @ House of Blues
Saturday September 1 – Las Vegas @ House of Blues
Sunday September 2 – Los Angeles @ House of Blues
Monday September 3 – Los Angeles @ House of Blues
Wednesday September 5 – San Diego @ 4th & B-9
Thursday September 6 – Anaheim @ House of Blues
Friday September 7 – San Francisco @ The Grand
Sunday September 9 – Seattle @ Showbox
For more information on Wynter Gordon, visit www.myspace.com/wynter85.