Grammy and Emmy-nominated vocalist N’Kenge brings her talents from Broadway to Jersey City for a good cause.
On May 18, she will host “A Night of Broadway,” a benefit concert featuring artists who are all based in Jersey City, to benefit the Youth Foundation of Jersey City. The event will be held on May 18 at 6 PM (5:30 PM for VIPs) at the Grace Van Vorst Church, 39 Erie Street in Jersey City. For more info and tickets, visit the Foundation’s website at https://www.youthfoundationofjerseycity.org/events/a-night-of-broadway.
Being a Jersey City resident for the past 10 years, N’Kenge is thrilled to give back to her community. She says, “When Hollie Meyer, the Foundation’s Executive Director, approached me with the idea about participating in the event, I immediately accepted. It really is an absolute pleasure to be a part of an organization that is doing such great work for the children in the community. It truly does take a village and it’s an honor to be a part of that village.”
“A Night of Broadway” will feature performances by N’Kenge as well as singer Badia Farha, City Kidz Playhouse, Nimbus, The Waldo School – World of ABC, Lux Performing Arts, PS #20, and the Shehnaaz Dance Academy.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Youth Foundation of Jersey City whose mission is to provide Jersey City youths more opportunities for growth, education, and recreation as well as equal access to all things educational, including academics, sports, arts, and adventure.
For tickets and info: https://www.youthfoundationofjerseycity.org/events/a-night-of-broadway
More about N’Kenge
Grammy and Emmy-nominated artist N’Kenge has performed as a soloist throughout the US and overseas, including at world-renowned performance venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Madison Square Garden. She has headlined Pop and Opera concerts with the Seattle Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among many others. A proud alumna of both The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, she has performed alongside Smokey Robinson, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Groban and Jordin Sparks as well as with jazz greats Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. As a singer/songwriter, N’Kenge has worked with Ray Parker Jr., Preston Glass, Chris Willis, Ryan Shaw and Ray J, to name a few.
N’Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim. She also starred in the Broadway production of Motown: the Musical, where she originated the role of Mary Wells. Most recently, N’Kenge received high critical acclaim for her performance as The Moon in the Broadway revival of Caroline, or Change. N’Kenge was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the leading roles in both the Elton John/Tim Rice Musical Aida and in Marion Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas by the Helen Hayes Awards and the Arizoni Theater Awards.
In addition to her performances, N’Kenge is also a producer. She’s currently developing a Broadway-bound musical celebrating Dorothy Dandridge’s life and music. She is also developing a new TV musical dramedy, Black Butterfly, with TV producer Gina Goff.