Jill Newman Productions Presents:
I Am Donnie CD Celebration
Special Openers: GINA YASHERE & MANKIND
Presented by Jill Newman Productions
@ Highline Ballroom – Show @ 8PM (Doors @ 6PM)
Donnie Johnson was generating buzz on Atlanta’s local music scene even before his debut CD, an indie production called The Colored Section.
While some compare his style with another Donny (Hathaway), he credits contemporary gospel singers such as the Clark Sisters and Commissioned as his biggest musical influences. He grew up in Atlanta, the son of preachers whose strict religious upbringing left him little room to pursue his dream of becoming a soul singer. “As a teen I went through that whole church-versus-the-world complex,” says Donnie
Donnie left home (and the church) at age 20, hitting the local open-mic scene and performing with people like India. Arie in the late nineties. Today his concerts are part gospel revival, part unity rally, with fans singing along to his Black-and-proud anthems (“Beautiful Me” and “Cloud 9”) and love songs that avoid the typical R&B male bravado (“Heaven Scent”). And he’s getting used to all the attention. “I was walking through the park and this girl went off,” he recalls. “She took my hand and told me she loved my music. It’s kind of scary, but it makes me feel wonderful.”
Gina was born & raised in London UK, of Nigerian parents, and previously worked as an elevator engineer for Otis. Gina has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for several years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating & performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.
She broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home! Gina went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter.
She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC), Crashing (HBO), @Midnight on Comedy Central, her 1 hour Stand Up Special, Skinny B*tch on Showtime & now as the new British Correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
She recently shot her 3rd Stand Up Special, Gina Yashere: Ticking Boxes, which was filmed at the iconic 02 Academy, London, in front of over 2000 of her fans, and is currently streaming on Seeso TV in the US. Gina has performed for audiences not just in Europe, the US & Australia, but she is in fact, a highly sought after comedian in Asia, making numerous sold out appearances in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Hong Kong.
It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 4th award in a row for “Best Comedian” at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK). Gina has performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto. Feature films appearances have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between, and She has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues.
Gina currently resides in New York and tours non-stop around the world.« Back to Events