Olamide Faison, one of the featured artists of the sixth annual Bessie Smith Heritage Festival, and his band members will give an artist talk on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Lindsay Street Hall located at 901 E. Lindsay Street.
Olamide Faison, musician, songwriter, and actor, was a regular cast member of Sesame Street between 2003 thru 2008 and is the younger brother of actor, Donald Faison. For most of his life, Olamide was the lead singer and guitarist of R&B band, Imajin. In 2011, Olamide began a new journey as a solo artist. His band encompasses three talented musicians, Bert Price, Brady Watt, and Jamal Hampton. This trio has a wealth of experience as composers and songwriters ranging from producing several songs for Grammy Award Winner and International R&B icon, Alicia Keys, and Solange Knowles and performing as session musicians for Roc-A-Fella Records. Olamide and his band members will share details about their journeys and the inspiration and influences it brings to their music. Guests will also have an opportunity to engage in intimate dialogue with the musicians.
The Artist Talk featuring Olamide Faison is free and open to the public. To obtain additional information about the Talk or to obtain details about this weekend’s Bessie Smith Heritage Festival, call 423 266-8658 or visit www.bessiesmithheritagefestival.com.