The festival will have top performing artists such as Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Ginuwine, Lyfe Jennings, Babyface, Toni Braxton, Anthony Hamilton, KeKe Wyatt and Avant. For more information visit us on Facebook at Louisville Midwest Music Festival.
Tickets are available at the KFC Yum! Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Friday – June 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM
|Charlie Wilson||Chaka Khan||Lyfe Jennings||Ginuwine|
|Saturday – June 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM|
|Babyface||Toni Braxton||Anthony Hamilton||KeKe Wyatt||Avant|
Charlie Wilson, an American R&B singer also known as ‘Uncle Charlie’, is one of the most revered solo artists of our time. He was named Billboard Magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist and his song “There Goes My Baby” was named the No.1 Urban Adult Song on 2009 Billboard Magazine. Charlie Wilson, one of the original GAP Band members and a 6-time Grammy Nominee, comes to the MWMF to sing hits like “My Love is All I Have,” “I Still Have you,” and other No. 1 hits such as “You Are” and “Without You.” In addition to his six Grammy nominations, Wilson is a recipient of the 2005 BMI Icon Award and a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award.
Born in Chicago, IL, Chaka Khan, also known as the Queen of Funk, has been an active singer and songwriter since 1972. Chaka’s wide genre of music includes R&B, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Disco, Adult Contemporary and Gospel. It’s no surprise that Chaka Khan is a 10-time Grammy Award-Winner. She’s been associated with acts such as Rufus, Prince and Anastacia. Come spend an evening with Chaka Khan as she shares hits such as “Ain’t Nobody,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Do You Love What You Feel,” as well as her smash hit with group Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good.” With her new look, new album and new music, Chaka Khan is enthusiastically looking forward to a celebration of a lifetime.
Born in Toledo, OH, Lyfe Jennings began his colorful career in music in 2003 and is still going strong today. He is a platinum-selling American R&B Soul Singer, Song-Writer and Record Producer. Lyfe has shared music with such artists as NAS, Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. A talented performer, Lyfe plays the guitar, bass, and piano which he integrates into his music. His latest album called lucid features hits such as “Boomerang,” “Rock,” and “I wish.
Born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin on October 15, 1970 in Washington, D.C., Ginuwine is named after NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who is a Washington native. Ginuwine is an accomplished singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Signed to Epic Records since the mid-1990s, Ginuwine has released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R&B’s top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2007, Ginuwine teamed up with Tyrese and Tank and formed an R&B group among themselves called TGT. Their Grammy nominated debut album 3 Kings was released in 2013. The first single of the album “Sex Never Felt Better” was released on iTunes on February 14, 2013 for Valentine’s Day.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmunds joins us at the MWMF as a 10-time Grammy Award-Winner. He’s an American R&B musician singer, song writer and record producer with over 26 No. 1 hits. On August 30, 2006, Babyface was honored as a BMI Icon Award at the 6th annual BMI Urban Awards. Throughout his career, Babyface has won the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year trophy seven times and a total of 51 BMI Awards, which includes Song of the Year for his Toni Braxton hit, “Breathe Again,” in 1994. Babyface is known for many hits such as “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Whip Appeal,” “Slow Jam,” “For the Cool in You,” and his latest album with singer Toni Braxton, “Love Marriage & Divorce.”
Toni Michele Braxton is an American R&B singer song-writer, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Braxton has won six Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards. Throughout the years, she has sold over 66 million records worldwide establishing herself as an R&B icon. Braxton was one of the best-selling female artists of the 1990s, garnering a honorific title such as the “Queen of R&B.”
Anthony Cornelius Hamilton was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an American R&B 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 “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene,” He is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained, co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton. Hamilton’s new single, “Pray For Me,” is all the buzz. It is the No. 1 most added single at urban adult radio stations. On December 13, his album Back to Love was the follow-up to his 2008 gold-certified, No. 1-debuting album, The Point of It All. Anthony Hamilton is on the rise and is eagerly anticipating the next chapter of his evolving and successful career.
Ketara Shavon “Keke” Wyatt, born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lorna Wyatt, a vocalist, and Keever Wyatt II, an organist/vocalist, was raised in a musical family rooted in gospel music. She is an American R&B recording artist who became popular after a highly successful collaboration with R&B singer, Avant, on his platinum album “My Thoughts.” This led to her debut Certified Gold album “Soul Sista” in 2001, and a promising solo career with MCA Records. She is a skilled vocalist who successfully performs several genres of music including gospel, R&B, pop, country and opera. KeKe also is a reality star on TV One’s hit ‘R & B Divas’.
Chicago native Avant was the first act signed to NBA great Magic Johnson’s Magic Johnson Music with his debut album, “My Thoughts.” He recorded the Top Five Billboard R&B/Hip Hop hit single, “Separated.” The video for the song received massive play on cable channels BET and The Box. Avant’s style of modern soul is likened to fellow Chicago-based singer R.Kelly. Avant is a power-packed, story-telling, soulful singer/songwriter extraordinaire. He is a masterful crooner who gives his audiences a taste of new school and old school during his performances.