DIVAS to include Cynthia Erivo, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Brady, Jordin Sparks, Lisa Ann Walter and more!!
Emmy® Award-Winner Adam Blackstone tapped as
Emmy® award-winning and Tony® award-nominated actor, singer, producer, philanthropist, and community activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, along with her non-profit charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, announce a star-studded partial lineup of performers and presenters to take the stage at this year’s DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness. The highly-anticipated health awareness benefit concert will be filmed before a live audience at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Tickets are now available for purchase HERE!
Now in its 33rd year, DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness will feature performances by renowned artists, including 5x Emmy® Award-winning actor, singer, comedian, and host Wayne Brady, legendary jazz songstress and 5x Grammy® award-winner Dianne Reeves, Grammy® award-nominated, multiplatinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, Abbott Elementary’s Lisa Ann Walter, Tony® award-nominated singer and actor Saycon Sengbloh, and making her first DIVA Sappearance, rising actor Phylicia Pearl Mpasi who plays “Young Celie” in the highly anticipated film THE COLOR PURPLE. Grammy®, Tony®, and Emmy® award-winning and Oscar®-nominated singer and actress Cynthia Erivo will join the cast of presenters for the evening.
Additionally, Emmy® award-winning musical director, musician, singer, and songwriter Adam Blackstone has joined DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness as Musical Director. Blackstone most recently won the 2022 Emmy® for Outstanding Musical Direction for his role in the Pepsi Superbowl LVI Halftime Show starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and 50 Cent. This year, he also received the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal.” He notably released his debut album, LEGACY, in September 2022, which boasted the Grammy®-nominated “‘Round Midnight,” featuring Jazmine Sullivan. Emmy® award-winning director Jonathan X will helm the star-studded concert, with DIVAS alum Shelly Goldstein signing on as writer.
DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness, a health awareness initiative of The DIVA Foundation was originally founded as a living memorial to the many friends Sheryl Lee Ralph lost during the AIDS Crisis. DIVAS Simply Singing! has grown into the longest-running health awareness benefit concert in the US that raises awareness and funds for programs that empower and educate audiences to own and advocate for their health and the health of others. DIVAS Simply Singing! is executive produced and hosted by Sheryl Lee Ralph, along with long-time producing partners Norman Lee (also Executive Director of The DIVA Foundation) and Stephanie Lilly Smith. Over 300 stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holliday, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Tisha Campbell, Michelle Williams, Chaka Khan, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, and Raven Symoné, have lifted their voices in solidarity.
For tickets, visit www.divassimplysinging.com. Tickets range in price from $53 to $253. To make a charitable donation to The DIVA Foundation, text “DIVAS” to 76278.
Sheryl Lee Ralph created her charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, 34 years ago to mobilize resources, fight stigma, fundraise, and deliver urgent messaging around the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. Over the past 33 years, The Foundation has launched efforts that harness the power of the arts to amplify awareness messaging. Most recently, The DIVA Foundation launched its new brand and announced its new programming centered across five pillars: Health Awareness, Women and Girls, LGBTQ+, Social Justice & Racial Equity, and Food & Housing Insecurity. To learn more visit www.diva.foundation.
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