(April 23, 2022) – Chris Blue will headline the R&B Soul Music: Knoxville’s Finest event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Historic Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Blue is a native Knoxvillian who launched into stardom in 2017 when he won “The Voice” in season 12 with coach Alicia Keys. While his alluring vocal talent won the competition, he shared his journey with his then-girlfriend through her medical issues, which he said compelled him to audition for “The Voice.” Shortly after, the couple married and have since had their first child.
A singer and songwriter, Blue released two singles in 2017, “Blue Blood Blues” and Humanity” and in 2019 his debut EP “Fresh Start.” Just before the pandemic hit in 2020, Blue released “Back 2 The Future,” the first single from his upcoming EP “The Chris Blue Project, and released the single “Moon” last year.
Knoxville’s Finest is produced by Lee Willis and Kaleff Brinson. “I want these shows to let our local performers shine,” Willis said. “I have always wanted to have a big R&B show around the Knoxville area. We have some outstanding area talent.”
This weekend’s R&B Soul Music show will introduce more of East Tennesse’s talented performers. Each night will feature numerous local bands and performances.
Friday: Chris Blue, Jess Bless, Meloh Soul, Jeanine Fuller, and Victoria Flowers.
Saturday: Josi Jay, Josh Vanwey, Slade Addams, Josiah & The Greater Good, and Lynnez & The Goodfellas.
Willis is also a singer with over 50 years of experience. He is the lead singer of The K-Town Rhythm Section, which is part of the Soulful Sounds Revue. The group is a cover band that performs R&B/Motown/Funk music by such artists as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. The band performs at festivals, corporate events, and weddings. “I truly enjoy playing in front of live crowds. It is good to see people entertained by music that has withstood the test of time.”
A retired chef, Willis spends his free time touring or entwined in various musical endeavors. The singer found his love for music at an early age. “I first performed on stage when I was around 16 years old,” Willis said. “I am now 78 years old. I have been performing for over five decades. I still love performing and I will always love the music that has left a mark on the hearts, souls, and minds of several generations of fans (worldwide).”
The venue is also part of the event’s charm. The Historic Grove Theater has a rich history in the Oak Ridge community. It was constructed n 1944, during the Manhatten Project. Although it has been renovated several times throughout the years, it has maintained its nostalgia just to be there.”
Willis and Brinson are planning to offer shows monthly at The Grove. A similar Knoxville’s Finest is planned for May and an all-male revue in June. which will also feature Chris Blue, Willis and The K-Town Rythym Section along with more local bands and performers.
Tickets for the R&B Soul Music: Knoxville’s Finest are $25 online or $30 at the door for each night. For more information, call co-director Kaleff Brinson at (865) 395-6825 or go to WhoopeEnt.com.