Article by Sebrena Woods/Photography by Rodney Black
The show started promptly at 8 pm at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club with an amazing opening performance by Gordon Chambers, a Grammy award winning singer-songwriter-producer who has worked with more than 75 recording artists, over his 20+ year music career. After giving a brief bio and testimony, he sang “I Apologize,” which he wrote for Anita Baker. He also sang “To Love Again,” which he recorded with Ledisi. He was backed by a tight 4-piece band and an amazing background singer, Mylah. He ended his set with “The Diamond Inside”, “Love & Help Somebody” and “Back To Love” from his latest cd, Surrender. Chambers was very personable and welcoming. Even if you weren’t familiar with his work, you couldn’t help but enjoy the music & want to know him better.
After a brief intermission, Chambers introduced Anthony David who mesmerized the intimately small, middle-aged, mixed, professional crowd with a 10 minute remix of his 2012 song, “Body Language.” He was silky smooth, bluesy, and raspy, all at the same time. He followed that with his 2006 hit song, “Words,” originally performed with India.Arie but tonight backed by the talented, Mylah. Next, David showed off his awesome acoustic guitar playing skills and Savannah, Georgia, blues roots, with a remix of “Spittin’ Game” interjected with A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation.” Then, he serenaded us with his melodic, “Heartstrings,” followed by a crowd participated, call and response, “Cheatin’ Man.” David then performed a very dynamic, “Something About You” with bits of Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” showcasing his vast musical tastes, styles, and abilities. David performed two songs from his latest cd, The Powerful Now: “Beautiful Problem” and “Booed Up,” featuring Mylah. Anthony David closed his show with “4Evermore” and brought Gordon Chambers out to perform his Brownstone hit, “If You Love Me”.
It was a great night and everyone seemed to have a good time. As we exited the club, both artists were in the lobby meeting and greeting fans, posing for pictures and signing cds..