On Friday, September 16th, family, friends, and fans gathered together for a special send off concert for Amber Riley. The actress, singer, and author, is best known for her character Mercedes Jones on the popular Fox comedy-drama series Glee. She is also known for winning season 17 of Dancing with the Stars and starring in NBC’s The Wiz as The Good Witch of the North.
It was a night filled with with joy, love and powerful vocals from not only the lead singers but even the backup singers who were each “sangers” in their own right, according to Amber.
To celebrate Amber performed a few songs with a live band as well as one she had written for an album she hopes to release when she feels it is meets her vision. She blew the crowd away as her powerful vocal resonated through the room and her intimate cover of Beyoncé’s 1+1 had the crowd enthralled. Leading her to give a shout to the performers. Amber even brought her parents on stage to thank them for supporting her and coming to every performance. She really is just as sweet as Jordin mentioned in her speech. After a few songs Amber had guest singers and close friends, MAJOR, Jordin Sparks and her vocal coach Stevie Mackey. With a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”, Jordin Sparks seriously shocked the crowd with her performance.The night ended with an after party where close friends and family raged through the night with drinks and delicious BBQ courtesy of Trap Chicken.
Recently landing the role of Effie White in the London production of Dreamgirls. What a great ending to Amber’s chapter here, and a such an awesome way to embark on her new journey.
Look out London! Amber Riley is going to steal the show!