“Champagne Life” Singer Among Performers At Apollo Spring Gala
Ne-Yo said his very first performance was at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater – and it didn’t go down well.
“The first time I was on stage was Amatuer Night,” Ne-Yo said. “It wasn’t pretty.”
The R&B singer put that bad show behind him and took the Apollo stage June 8 as part of the theater’s Spring Gala, performing Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon In The Sky” and new song “Religious.” The event raised more than $2 million for the iconic theater, honoring Darren Walker, head of the Ford Foundation, and Cablevision CEO James Dolan.
Ne-Yo was among the artists who paid homage to the legendary venue. Luke James performed a soulful rendition of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” while Nile Rogers of CHIC sang his hits like “I Want Your Love,” and “Le Freak.” Country/blues singer Rosanne Cash, South African group “The Soil” and “The Voice” contestant Kimberly Nichole rounded out the star-studded performances.
All this in front of an audience that included former Knicks John Starks, Deborah Cox, journalist Ed Gordon, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“I’m happy to be a part of the celebration of the legacy of this place,” Ne-Yo said. “Absolutely. Some of the greatest entertainers to ever set foot on a stage, stepped foot on this particular stage, right here.”
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