A star-studded concert lineup with a distinctive Indianapolis flavor accents an exciting weekend of the Indiana Black Expo 44th Annual Summer Celebration, July 18 to July 20.
Grammy Award-winning R & B solo recording artists Anthony Hamilton, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Chrisette Michele will perform at the Heritage Music Festival II at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at BankersLifeFieldhouse.com and IndianaBlackExpo.com, the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, the IBE Office at 3145 N. Meridian St., and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Hamilton is a singer-songwriter and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album “Comin’ from Where I’m From” (2003), which featured the title track single and the follow-up hit “Charlene.” His gritty, smooth vocals have been compared to Bobby Womack and Lou Rawls.
Babyface is an Indianapolis native who has won 10 Grammy Awards and written dozens of hit songs such as the Boyz II Men hit, “End of the Road,” which broke Billboard records for the length of time it remained No. 1 on the charts. The three-time Producer of the Year has written or produced hits for Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige. Babyface has an enviable repertoire of his own solo hits.
Michele claims vocal roots firmly planted in the church where her deacon father and choir director mother helped nurture her budding vocal talents. The Motown recording artist built an immediate following with her first album in 2007 entitled, “I Am.” In 2009, Michele won a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.