The Experience with Dedry Jones

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AVERY*Sunshine

Host and creator of The Experience, Dedry Jones, talks with special guest, AVERY*Sunshine. AVERY*Sunshine is without a doubt one of the most dynamic voices on the creative music scene, known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, compelling and revealingly honest song writing, and impeccable voice.

AIRED: July 20, 2017 | 0:56:51
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DEDRY: WELCOME TO THE EXPERIENCE.

[HARMONIZING]

I'M YOUR HOST DEDRY JONES

AND YOU ARE ABOUT TO HAVE A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

LIKE NO OTHER.

OUR GUEST IS KNOWN FOR HER POWERFUL VOICE,

AVERY: HEY!

DEDRY: BUT SHE IS ALSO A SONG WRITER

AND A CLASSICALLY TRAINED PIANIST.

JOIN US AS WE DISCOVER WHAT AND WHO INSPIRES

THIS MULTIFACETED PERFORMER.

♪ SUNSHINE ♪

DEDRY: OUR MUSICAL GUEST IS THE AMAZING AVERY SUNSHINE.

AVERY: ♪ MY NAME IS A-V-E-R-Y SUNSHINE. ♪

[MUSIC]

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: LET'S GET THIS STARTED.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE YOU GREW UP.

AVERY: I GREW UP IN CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA,

NINE MILES SOUTH OF PHILLY.

I STARTED PLAYING PIANO AT EIGHT YEARS OLD

AND I SAW A YOUNG LADY PLAYING PIANO,

I WENT TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

AND THE YOUNG LADY WAS PLAYING PIANO.

SHE WAS GOING-I THINK SHE WAS PLAYING SILENT NIGHT

BUT SHE WAS PLAYING THE HELL OUT OF SILENT NIGHT

AND I LEANED OVER TO MY MOM AND I WAS LIKE,

"MOM, I WANT TO DO THAT,"

AND SHE SAID, "NOW LOOK,

IF I GET YOU A PIANO, YOU'RE GOING TO PRACTICE."

SO SHE GOT ME A PIANO

AND BY THE TIME I WAS 13 I WAS PLAYING FOR CHURCHES

AND MY AUNT TOOTSIE, THE TOWN PIANIST,

I DON'T THINK SHE FELT LIKE DOING HER GIG THAT SUNDAY,

SHE SAID, "LOOK, RUE,

LISTEN DENISE HAS BEEN PLAYING LONG ENOUGH.

LET HER FILL IN FOR ME THIS SUNDAY AT THE CHURCH, ALL RIGHT?

I'LL LEAVE THE MUSIC. ALL RIGHT."

WHAT?

AND THAT WAS IT.

MY FIRST GIG WAS IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH.

SO BY THE TIMES I WAS 18, I WAS AT A BAPTIST CHURCH,

A CATHOLIC CHURCH,

AN AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,

A PENTECOST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

I MEAN, I WAS GETTING IT IN.

SO I WOULD PLAY FOR ONE HOUR AND MAKE $175,

SO YOU ALL KNOW.

I'D READ THAT STUFF SO GOOD, GLORIA PATRI,

ALL OF THAT, I WAS GETTING IT.

[LAUGHTER]

DEDRY: NOW, DO YOU HAVE OTHER MUSICIANS, SINGERS,

WHATEVER IN YOUR FAMILY?

AVERY: DADDY WOULD SING AROUND THE HOUSE

AND MY OLDEST BROTHER IS MUSICAL,

PLAYS BASS PIANO, HE SINGS.

THERE WAS ALWAYS MUSIC PLAYING,

EVEN WHEN I DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR IT.

I JUST--SOMETIMES I JUST DIDN'T WANT MUSIC PLAYING,

BUT MOMMY WAS GOING TO PLAY IT EVERY MORNING

AND THERE WAS ONE MORNING IT WAS ON-- I DON'T KNOW,

I MUST HAVE BEEN SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS OLD

AND THE WHISPERS: IT'S A LOVE THING,

EARLY IN THE MORNING WAS ON AND I REMEMBER

THE SMELL OF-IS IT THOMAS'S?

THOMAS'S ENGLISH MUFFINS,

SO EVERY TIME I THINK OF THE WHISPERS,

I THINK ABOUT BREAD.

[LAUGHTER]

SO I WENT TO SPELLMAN COLLEGE AND MAJORED IN PIANO.

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO GO TO AN HBCU

OR DID YOU JUST PICK SPELLMAN OUT OF A, YOU KNOW?

AVERY: NO, I WAS A--

LOOK, I WASN'T EVEN EXCEPTED TO SPELLMAN.

IT'S THE TRUTH.

MY BROTHER WENT TO MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

AND HE WAS ADAMANT ABOUT ME GOING,

NOT JUST TO AN HBCU, BUT TO SPELLMAN COLLEGE.

AND THEN, SPIKE LEE DID, WHAT WAS IT, SCHOOL DAZE?

I HAD TO GO DO THE BUTT AT SOMEBODY'S SCHOOL.

SOMEBODY'S.

YOU ALL KNOW.

WITH SOME BIKER SHORTS ON.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT I APPLIED TO CLARK, FISK, NYU, SPELLMAN,

NORTH CAROLINA ANT.

EVERYBODY ACCEPTED ME EXCEPT SPELLMAN.

DEDRY: SO HOW DID YOU END UP THERE?

AVERY: I DON'T KNOW.

WE GOT THE REJECTION LETTER AND I WAS LIKE ALL RIGHT,

I MEAN, I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND ITS COOL.

ALL RIGHT, I'LL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

AND WE GOT A CALL FROM THE HEAD OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

AND SHE'S ON THE PHONE AND SHE SAYS,

"OH, OH WE JUST REALLY,

"WE WANT DENISE TO COME TO SPELLMAN

"AND BE A PART OF OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

WOULD SHE DO THAT?"

YEAH!

[LAUGHTER]

OF COURSE.

WHAT?

SO, THAT WAS IT.

MY FATE WAS SEALED AT THAT MOMENT.

I WAS GOING TO SPELLMAN.

AND IT TAUGHT ME SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT--

YOU KNOW HOW, WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU...

[APPLAUSE]

GOD IS NOT THREW UNTIL GOD IS THREW.

YOU GET ANSWERS AND STUFF AND YOU THINK, OH, THAT'S IT,

IT'S OVER.

NO, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

YOU JUST HAVE TO REMAIN OPEN.

♪ SOMEBODY CALLED ME ♪

♪ AND TOLD ME THAT A FRIEND WAS IN TROUBLE, ♪

♪ BUT I WAS SO FAR AWAY ALL I COULD DO WAS PRAY ♪

♪ I'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE ♪

♪ MANY NIGHTS I LAY ON THE FLOOR, ♪

BUT I'M SINGING FOR YOU TODAY ♪

♪ ALL BECAUSE SOMEBODY PRAYED ♪

♪ AND IF YOU COME LOOKING FOR ME, ♪

♪ TELL THEM THAT I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM ♪

♪ PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

♪ IF THEY COME LOOKING FOR ME ♪

♪ TELL THEM THAT I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM ♪

♪ PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

♪ SOMEBODY CALLED ME AND TOLD ME ♪

♪ THAT MY SISTER WAS IN TROUBLE, ♪

♪ BUT I WAS SO FAR AWAY, ALL I COULD DO WAS PRAY ♪

♪ I'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE ♪

♪ MANY NIGHTS I LAY ON THE FLOOR, ♪

♪ BUT I'M SINGING FOR YOU TODAY ♪

♪ ALL BECAUSE SOMEBODY PRAYED ♪

♪ AND IF YOU COME LOOKING FOR ME, ♪

♪ TELL THEM THAT I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM ♪

♪ PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

♪ IF THEY COME LOOKING FOR ME ♪

♪ TELL THEM THAT I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM ♪

♪ PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

♪ EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT THERE, KNOW THAT I CARE ♪

♪ I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM ♪

♪ PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL]

♪ SO WE SAY PRAY, ♪

♪ EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET BETTER ♪

♪ PRAY, EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET BETTER, BETTER ♪

♪ AND THEN YOU'VE GOT TO BELIEVE ♪

♪ THAT EVERYTHING'S GOT TO GET BETTER ♪

♪ BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING'S GOT TO GET BETTER, BETTER ♪

♪ AND THEN WE'VE GOT TO WAIT ♪

♪ WATCH EVERYTHING GET BETTER ♪

♪ WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT ♪

♪ WATCH EVERYTHING GET BETTER, BETTER ♪

♪ I TELL YOU TO PRAY, BELIEVE, THEN WAIT ♪

♪ EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET BETTER ♪

♪ ONE MORE TIME, ONE MORE TIME, ONE MORE TIME ♪

♪ I SAID PRAY, BELIEVE AND WAIT, ♪

♪ WATCH EVERYTHING GET BETTER ♪

♪ WATCH EVERYTHING GET BETTER ♪

♪ HEY LORD, EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET BETTER ♪

♪ WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, ♪

♪ BUT EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET BETTER, BETTER, ♪

♪ BETTER, BETTER ♪

♪ EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT THERE, ♪

♪ I MAY BE A LONG, LONG WAY AWAY, ♪

♪ EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT THERE, ♪

♪ YOU'LL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS ♪

♪ EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT THERE, KNOW THAT I CARE ♪

♪ I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

♪ I'M IN MY PRAYER ROOM PRAYING FOR YOU ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: I SAW YOU AT A CONCERT ONCE

AND YOU WERE PLAYING A CLASSICAL SONG.

SO, THAT WAS PART OF YOUR STUDIES AT SPELLMAN?

DOING THE CLASSICAL THING?

AVERY: YES, THAT'S ALL WE WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY

IN THE PRACTICE ROOMS.

THEY WERE LIKE, "YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE."

THEY WOULD COME BY AND PEEK AN EYE IN LIKE,

"ALRIGHT, GET BACK TO THAT RACHMANINOFF."

DEDRY: SO WHAT DID YOU GRADUATE?

WHAT KIND OF DEGREE?

AVERY: PHILOSOPHY.

CHANGED, LOOKED BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T LET ME PLAY

WHAT I WANTED TO PLAY,

I SAID, "I'M NOT DOING THIS ANYMORE."

PHILOSOPHY.

CHANGED MY MAJOR CAUSE I HAD BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR FOUR YEARS

AND THAT WAS THE ONLY MAJOR

THAT I COULD GET OUT WITH ONE YEAR LEFT.

I CALLED MY MOMMA AND I SAID, "I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE.

"THEY WON'T LET ME DO WHAT I WANT TO DO.

"THEY JUST WANT ME TO DO BEETHOVEN AND DOFTANEI AND BACH,

"ALL THE TIME.

I NEED SOME ARETHA GOING ON."

IF YOU ALL LOVE ARETHA FRANKLIN, MAKE SOME NOISE NOW.

I JUST-- BUT SHE WROTE THIS AMAZING SONG

AND IT'S ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE SONGS

I'D EVER HEARD.

SHE SAID SOMETHING LIKE, SHE SAID,

♪ HE'S THE KIND OF GUY ♪

THAT WOULD SAY HEY, BABY LET'S GET AWAY ♪

♪ LET'S GO SOMEWHERE FAR ♪

♪ WHERE, I DON'T CARE ♪

♪ HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THAT YOU GIVE YOUR EVERYTHING ♪

♪ YOUR TRUST YOUR HEART, SHARE ALL OF YOUR LOVE ♪

♪ TILL DEATH DO YOU PART ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE WHAT HE WANTS ♪

♪ WHEN HE WANTS IT AND WHENEVER HE NEEDS IT ♪

♪ WHEN HE'S LONESOME AND FEELING LOVE STARVED ♪

♪ I'LL BE THERE TO FEED HIM ♪

♪ LOVING HIM A LITTLE BIT MORE EACH DAY ♪

♪ TURNS ME RIGHT ON WHEN I HEAR HIM SAY ♪

♪ (HEY, BABY, LET'S GET AWAY) ♪

♪ (LET'S GO SOMEWHERE FAR) ♪

♪ (BABY CAN WE) ♪

♪ WHERE, I DON'T CARE ♪

♪ (HEY BABY LET'S GET AWAY) ♪

♪ (LET'S GO SOMEWHERE FAR) ♪

♪ WHERE, I DON'T CARE ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE WHAT HE WANTS WHEN HE WANTS IT ♪

♪ AND WHENEVER HE NEEDS IT ♪

♪ WHEN HE'S LONESOME AND FEELING LOVED STARVED ♪

♪ I'LL BE THERE TO FEED HIM ♪

♪ LOVING HIM A LITTLE BIT MORE EACH DAY ♪

♪ TURNS ME RIGHT ON WHEN I HEAR HIM SAY ♪

♪ (HEY, BABY, LET'S GET AWAY) ♪

♪ (LET'S GO SOMEWHERE FAR) ♪

♪ (BABY CAN WE) ♪

♪ WHERE I DON'T CARE ♪

♪ (HEY BABY LET'S GET AWAY) ♪

♪ (LET'S GO SOMEWHERE FAR) ♪

♪ (BABY CAN WE) ♪

♪ WHERE I DON'T CARE ♪

♪ (DAYDREAMING AND I'M THINKING OF YOU) ♪

♪ (DAYDREAMING AND I'M THINKING OF YOU) ♪

♪ (DAYDREAMING AND I'M THINKING OF YOU) ♪

[HARMONIZING]

[APPLAUSE]

[INSTRUMENTAL]

♪ I'VE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT A SWEET AFTERNOON ♪

♪ NOTHING LIKE A SWEET AFTERNOON ♪

♪ GOT ME SMILING IN THE AFTERNOON ♪

♪ FEELS SO GOOD ♪

♪ I'VE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT A SWEET AFTERNOON ♪

♪ NOTHING LIKE A SWEET AFTERNOON ♪

♪ GOT ME SMILING IN THE AFTERNOON ♪

♪ FEELS SO GOOD ♪

♪ GOT ME SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR ♪

♪ BEEN DREAMING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ♪

♪ WHEN YOU STOP ON THROUGH ♪

♪ I'VE BEEN DREAMING ♪

♪ I'VE GOT IN ALL IN MY MIND, OH BABY ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT IT ♪

♪ AND WHENEVER YOU NEED IT ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE ♪

♪ YOU'VE GOT ME DREAMING ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE ♪

♪ I WANT TO BE WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT IT ♪

♪ AND WHENEVER YOU NEED IT ♪

[APPLAUSE]

♪ WHERE I DON'T CARE ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: WELL, WHILE YOU WERE IN ATLANTA

DURING THE SPELLMAN YEARS,

THERE WAS A LOT OF OTHER STUFF GOING ON.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DAISY RUE.

AVERY: OH YEAH, DAISY RUE.

MIEYA, WHO WAS A VOICE MAJOR AND I WAS A PIANO MAJOR

AND OF COURSE WE WERE BOTH FRUSTRATED

BECAUSE WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE WANTED TO DO

IN THE DEPARTMENT.

WE DECIDED TO START OUR OWN GROUP,

JUST THE TWO OF US.

SHE'S GOING TO SING, I'M GOING TO PLAY.

AND DR. NORMA RAVEN,

SHE HAPPENED TO HEAR US AND SAID, "LISTEN,

I WANT TO ADD YOU GUYS TO THE SPRING CONCERT,"

AND THAT'S HOW WE STARTED.

THAT WAS IT.

SO WE GRADUATED AND WE KEPT SINGING,

KEPT WRITING AND THEN MIEYA GOT THE CALL TO GO TO DO RENT.

AND SO SHE'S BEEN ON BROADWAY SINCE-

ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER OF THE COLOR PURPLE,

THE BOOK OF MORMAN, SHREK, YOU NAME IT.

SHE'S STILL ON BROADWAY NOW.

WHICH, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, WHILE WE WERE WORKING,

THAT'S HOW WE MET DANA.

DEDRY: TELL US, WHO IS DANA?

AVERY: WELL, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, HE...

HE IS THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS.

[APPLAUSE]

AND I MEAN IT BECAUSE I WASN'T GOING TO SING.

I WANTED TO BE IN THE BACKGROUND AND THIS MAN COMES ALONG,

HE SAYS, "LISTEN, WHAT YOU'VE GOT IS GREAT,

YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT,"

AND I THOUGHT HE MEANT THE WHOLE THING,

ME AND MIEYA, THAT'S GREAT.

BUT WHEN SHE LEFT, HE DIDN'T.

HE WAS LIKE, "NO, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

HOW ABOUT WE WRITE?"

I WAS LIKE, "NO, I'M NOT DOING THAT.

"I DON'T KNOW. I GOT CHOIR REHEARSAL.

WE'LL BE FINE. ALRIGHT."

HE'S LIKE, "NO, LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS."

I SAID, "I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS."

LET'S TRY IT.

LET'S WRITE A SONG AND THEN WE GOT THAT FIRST RECORD.

THAT WAS IT

AND ONE OF THE FIRST SONGS WE WROTE TOGETHER ENDED UP,

COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT, WE ENDED UP ON BILLBOARD.

BILLBOARD, NO SUPPORT AT ALL.

SO THAT'S WHO DANA IS.

OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IS IN A FEW DAYS.

[APPLAUSE]

OUR ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

AND I'M GOING TO TELL YOU ALL,

TELL HIM IN FRONT OF YOU ALL BECAUSE HE'LL BE NICER,

BUT I WENT AND BOUGHT THESE RINGS TO CELEBRATE FOR MYSELF.

[LAUGHTER]

AREN'T THEY NICE?

ISN'T THAT NICE?

YEAH, I DID IT.

I BOUGHT IT FOR ME FROM HIM.

[LAUGHTER]

JUST SAVED HIM SOME STEPS.

DANA AND I HAD DONE A SHOW,

WE WERE OPENING FOR RACHELLE FERRELL IN ATLANTA

AT CENTER STAGE

AND THAT WAS OUR FIRST SHOW AS AVERY SUNSHINE

AND THIS NEW MATERIAL

AND WE SANG THIS SONG, UGLY PART OF ME.

[APPLAUSE]

AND WE HAD PEOPLE WHO SAID THERE'S NOTHING ON THE ALBUM

THAT ANYBODY WOULD REALLY PLAY ON THE RADIO

AND WE GOT A CALL ONE DAY.

WE WERE IN THE STUDIO, NICE MAN SAID,

"HEY, I SAW YOUR VIDEO

"AND I WANT TO PLAY ON THE RADIO IN CHICAGO,

LIKE ON A REAL STATION."

[LAUGHTER]

♪ LAST NIGHT, I GOT MAD ♪

♪ AND I SAID THINGS I SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID ♪

♪ I WANTED HIM TO KNOW HOW DEEPLY I FEEL ♪

♪ I WOULDN'T EVEN LET HIM TALK ♪

♪ ALL HE COULD DO IS WALK AWAY ♪

♪ HE WAS GONE AND IT WAS TOO LATE ♪

♪ FOR ME TO SAY ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ THE PHONE RANG ♪

♪ IT WAS HIM ♪

♪ AND I KNEW HOW WRONG I'D BEEN ♪

♪ SO I SAID ♪

♪ I'M SORRY FOR HOW I TREATED YOU ♪

♪ YOU KNOW I REALLY LOVE YOU ♪

♪ I MUST'VE BEEN PMS'ING, KIND OF GOING THROUGH ♪

♪ I HAD NO REASON TO TRIP OUT ON YOU, ♪

♪ YES, I WAS ACTING LIKE A FOOL ♪

♪ AND I'M SORRY ♪

♪ AND ALL I CAN SAY IS ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART ♪

♪ I DON'T WANT NOBODY TO SEE ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ AND SOMETIMES I DON'T WANT NOBODY TO SEE ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT PART ♪

♪ I DON'T WANT NOBODY TO SEE IT ♪

♪ IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL]

[INSTRUMENTAL]

♪ SOMETIMES I'VE GOT TO STAY THERE ♪

[HARMONIZING]

♪ WHEN I THINK ABOUT HOW UGLY I'VE BEEN ACTING ♪

♪ SOMETIMES I'VE JUST GOT TO STAY THERE ♪

♪ CAUSE I'M SO ASHAMED ♪

♪ AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW I DON'T MEAN IT ♪

♪ CAUSE I LOVE YOU BABY ♪

♪ I NEED YOU BABY ♪

♪ I WANT YOU BABY ♪

♪ I WANT YOU BABY ♪

♪ SAID I LOVE YOU BABY ♪

♪ I NEED YOU BABY ♪

♪ AND I LOVE YOU BABY ♪

♪ SAID I LOVE YOU BABY ♪

♪ SAID I LOVE YOU BABY ♪

♪ AND I NEED YOU BABY ♪

♪ FORGIVE ME BABY ♪

♪ FORGIVE ME BABY ♪

♪ FORGIVE ME BABY ♪

♪ I'M SORRY BABY ♪

♪ OH, OH IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

♪ OH, OH IT'S JUST THAT UGLY PART OF ME ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: SO WHO IS AVERY SUNSHINE?

WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?

I THOUGHT YOU NAME WAS DENISE.

AVERY: THAT IS A MESS.

MY NAME IS DENISE NICOLE WHITE.

IT'S DENISE NICOLE JOHNSON NOW.

MY PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER LOVED DENISE NICHOLAS.

YOU KNOW WHO, YOU REMEMBER DENISE NICHOLAS?

DEDRY: YES, THE ACTRESS?

AVERY: THE ACTRESS.

SO I WAS NAMED AFTER DENISE NICHOLAS.

DENISE NICOLE.

SO DANA CALL ME ONE DAY AND SAYS,

"HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR NAME TO READ IN THE LINER NOTES?"

I DON'T KNOW.

THE FACT THAT HE ASKED WAS LIKE, THERE'S AN OPTION?

I CAN CREATE SOMETHING AND I BLURTED OUT AVERY SUNSHINE.

I DON'T RECALL EVER THINKING OF A STAGE NAME BEFORE THAT DATE,

BUT I ALWAYS SAY THAT IT COMES FROM MY LOVE

OF TWO AMAZING CHARACTER:

SHUG AVERY, FROM THE COLOR PURPLE

AND SUNSHINE FROM HARLEM NIGHTS.

DEDRY: BUT YOU ALSO PUT AN ASTERISK.

AVERY: YES, I JUST WANTED, I WANTED A SYMBOL.

PRINCE, GOD REST HIS SOUL,

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WRITE IT OUT, YOU CAN SEE IT.

HERE'S A SYMBOL.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S EVEN MORE INTERESTING ABOUT IT?

I DIDN'T SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT IT.

SUNSHINE, MY MOTHER'S GOING TO FUSS,

BUT WE CUSS AT OUR HOUSE.

WE GET PEOPLE TOLD.

SO I WANT YOU TO BE REMINDED, SUNSHINE ALL THE TIME.

EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL-

THAT'S WHERE OUR SONG I'VE GOT SUNSHINE.

I'VE GOT SUNSHINE EVEN WHEN IT HURTS.

WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO SEE THE SUNSHINE

WHEN OUR EYES ARE CLOSED AND WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK,

I'VE GOT SUNSHINE.

DO YOU SEE THE SUNSHINE?

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ WOULD YOU ALL SAY THAT WITH ME ♪

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ NO GAS IS IN MY TANK ♪

♪ AND I'VE GOT MYSELF TO THANK ♪

♪ I HAD TO MAKE TEN DOLLARS LAST FOR THREE WEEKS AND A DAY ♪

♪ ALL OF MY BILLS ARE DUE ♪

♪ I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO ♪

♪ I GOTTA KEEP IT MOVING 'TILL I GET TO MY BREAKTHROUGH ♪

♪ I SEE A BRIGHTER DAY IN VIEW ♪

♪ SOMETIMES I MISS IT FOR THE HELL I'M GOING THROUGH ♪

♪ AIN'T NOTHING GONNA KEEP ME BLUE ♪

♪ LISTEN 'CAUSE I KNOW I GOT ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ON MY MIND ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ALL THE TIME ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE EVERYWHERE ♪

♪ I'M GOING I WANT YOU TO KNOW ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE WHEN IT HURTS ♪

♪ AND WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ♪

♪ DO YOU SEE THE SUNSHINE ♪

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ DA DA D-DA DA DA ♪

♪ IF YOU'RE WORKING EVERY DAY ♪

♪ TWO JOBS FOR GETTING NO PAY ♪

♪ I KNOW IT'S HARD TO SEE THE LIGHT ♪

♪ WITH DARKNESS IN YOUR WAY ♪

♪ BUT LISTEN LET ME TELL YOU ♪

♪ WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO ♪

♪ OPEN UP YOUR MIND AND KNOW THE SUNSHINE IS IN YOU ♪

♪ I SEE A BRIGHTER DAY IN VIEW ♪

♪ DON'T YOU MISS IT FOR THE HELL YOU'RE GOING THROUGH ♪

♪ AIN'T NOTHING GONNA KEEP ME BLUE ♪

♪ LISTEN 'CAUSE I KNOW I GOT ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ON MY MIND ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ALL THE TIME ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE EVERYWHERE ♪

♪ I'M GOING I WANT YOU TO KNOW ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE WHEN IT HURTS ♪

♪ AND WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ♪

♪ DO YOU SEE THE SUNSHINE ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ON MY MIND ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ALL THE TIME ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE EVERYWHERE ♪

♪ I'M GOING I WANT YOU TO KNOW ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE WHEN IT HURTS ♪

♪ AND WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK ♪

♪ I GOT SUNSHINE ♪

♪ DO YOU SEE THE SUNSHINE, SUNSHINE, ♪

♪ SUNSHINE ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: YOU WENT TO A SYMPHONY

AND AFTER THE SYMPHONY YOU SAID THAT YOU HEARD

OR YOU GOT MUSIC IN THE SILENCE.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT

BECAUSE THAT'S LIKE A VERY PROFOUND KIND OF STATEMENT.

AVERY: I WAS AT SPELLMAN AND WE HAD TO GO TO SYMPHONY.

IT'S A PART OF MUSIC EDUCATION AND THOSE MOMENTS

WHERE NOTHING WAS HAPPENING IS WHEN I HEARD THE MUSIC.

I HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

THEY WERE PLAYING CARMINA BURANA.

DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT?

[HUMMING CARMINA BURANA]

AND IT JUST SCARE YOU TO DEATH, OH VAMPIRE.

[SCREAMS]

AND THEN IT GETS QUIET, LIKE, "WHOA, THAT'S INTERESTING."

SILENCE CAN BE DEAFENING.

IT CAN BE SO LOUD

AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SILENCE

AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS SO HARD TO DO NOW WITH ALL THIS,

ALL OF OUR PHONES AND LIFE AND JUST STUFF,

IT'S HARD TO SHUT EVERYTHING OUT.

I LEARNED SOMETHING.

THERE'S SO MUCH YOU HEAR IN THE SILENCE

AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY A LOT OF US CAN'T BE QUIET

CAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE SILENCE IS GOING TO TELL US.

[HARMONIZING]

♪ CLEARING OUT MY MIND ♪

♪ WHILE I'M PACKING UP YOUR STUFF ♪

♪ IT'S GONE TAKE SOME TIME ♪

♪ CAUSE THINGS GOT SO MESSED UP ♪

♪ I'M SO GLAD YOU'LL BE GONE ♪

♪ I'M GOING TO TRY THIS ON MY OWN ♪

♪ BUT THE TRUTH IS I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT ♪

♪ FOR WISHING YOU WERE ♪

♪ I WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ DOING NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ I WANT TO HOLD YOU TIGHT ♪

♪ BABY WON'T YOU COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ DO YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL? ♪

[HARMONIZING]

♪ I HEARD YOU FOUND A GIRL ♪

♪ (HE FOUND A GIRL) ♪

♪ I SAW HER PIC ONLINE ♪

♪ (YES I LOOKED HER UP ON FACEBOOK) ♪

♪ BUT I'VE GOT SOMEBODY TOO ♪

♪ AND WE TALK ALL THE TIME ♪

♪ (GO AHEAD DO YOUR OWN THING) ♪

♪ CAUSE HONEY YOU KNOW ♪

♪ I'M GONE TO MINE ♪

♪ BUT I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT ♪

♪ FOR WISHING YOU WERE ♪

♪ I WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ DOING NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ I WANT TO HOLD (WANT TO HOLD) YOU TIGHT ♪

♪ (BABY WON'T YOU) ♪ ♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ SOMEBODY TELL ME WHY ♪

♪ WHY CAN'T I, WHY CAN'T I CLOSE MY EYES ♪

♪ RIGHT UP UNDER ME ♪

♪ DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ♪

♪ DO YOU FEEL THE WAY ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

I LIKE THIS PART.

♪ COME AND DO NOTHING ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

LADIES WHAT?

♪ COME AND DO NOTHING ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL]

♪ COME AND DO NOTHING ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL]

DO YOU ALL KNOW IT? CAN YOU SAY IT?

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME AND WATCH NETFLIX AND CHILL ♪

♪ RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT ♪

♪ I KNOW SOMEBODY KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT ♪

♪ SOMEBODY'S BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE ♪

♪ I KNOW YOU HAD A LITTLE THING GOING ON ♪

♪ YOU SAID YOU GONE HAVE TO HIT THE DOOR ♪

ERIC ROBERSON WILL LOVE ME FOR THIS BECAUSE I'M TRYING,

YOU KNOW I'M TRYING TO DO MY THING .

BUT YOU'VE BEEN IN LOVE WITH SOMEBODY,

YOU SAID LISTEN I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE,

I'M COOL ON YOU.

SO I'VE GOT YOUR STUFF, IT'S ALL AT THE DOOR,

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN

YOU CAN COME PICK IT UP AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

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BUT YOU KNOW WHEN YOU DO,

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IT'S ALRIGHT IF YOU RING THE DOORBELL

CAUSE I'LL BE IN THE KITCHEN, COOKING GUMBO.

♪ COOKING GUMBO ♪

♪ SOMEBODY SAY COOKING GUMBO ♪

♪ I'LL BE MAKING GUMBO FOR ANYBODY ♪

♪ ANYBODY MADE SOME GUMBO IN THEIR LIFE, ♪

♪ YOU TOLD THEM TO GO ♪

♪ AND THEY WAS SO GLAD WHEN THE DOORBELL RANG ♪

♪ AND HE WAS AT THE FRONT DOOR AND HE WAS WAITING YOU KNOW ♪

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♪ MAKE YOU FEEL SOME KIND OF WAY ♪

♪ YOU MAKE ME FEEL SOME KIND OF WAY ♪

♪ YOU MAKE ME FEEL SOME KIND OF WAY ♪

♪ YOU MAKE ME FEEL SOME KIND OF WAY ♪

♪ I FEEL LIKE TAKING IT UP YOU ALL ♪

♪ I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT, BABY ♪

♪ WITHOUT YOU RIGHT HERE RIGHT NEXT TO ME ♪

[HARMONIZING]

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

YOU SEE I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW IT, RIGHT?

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

ONE MORE TIME YOU ALL LET'S TAKE IT UP.

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♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME ON OVER HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ COME DO NOTHING HERE WITH ME ♪

♪ IT AIN'T NOTHING ELSE TO SAY RIGHT ♪

♪ I GONNA TO GIVE IT YOU, GIVE TO YOU, ♪

♪ GIVE IT TO YOU, GIVE IT TO YOU ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: YOU HAD, TO ME, THE GREAT FORTUNE

OF DOING SOME PRIVATE EVENTS FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL CHICAGOAN,

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

SO HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT I'M GOING TO SING

AT A PRESIDENTIAL EVENT?

AVERY: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

I HAVE TO SAY, I ENVIED A LITTLE BIT THE TIME,

THE TIME WHEN MLK WAS LIVING

AND IT SEEMED LIKE WE WERE TOGETHER.

AND THEN MARVIN GAYE WOULD WRITE SONGS ABOUT IT,

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

I FELT LIKE WE COULD FEEL EACH OTHER.

EVERYBODY'S HEARTBEAT AND SOUL

AND DONNIE HATHAWAY WOULD WRITE SONGS, YOU KNOW.

WE JUST FELT DIFFERENT.

I DID FEEL LIKE I WAS CONTRIBUTING

AND I WAS A PART OF SOMETHING GREATER.

[HARMONIZING]

[HARMONIZING]

♪ I'VE PLAYED OUT OUR MEETING AGAIN AND AGAIN ♪

♪ TELLING MYSELF HOW IT WAS GOING TO END ♪

♪ IT'S BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME AND I HAVE GOT BUTTERFLIES ♪

♪ NERVOUS THAT YOU WILL KNOW ALL MY THOUGHTS ♪

♪ SO MUCH MORE THAT YOU OUGHT ♪

♪ PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I KNOW WE BOTH HAVE OUR TIES ♪

♪ WHAT HAPPENED BABY HOW DID WE MISS OUT ♪

♪ I JUST DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT YOU MEANT TO ME UNTIL NOW ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL WONDERING ♪

♪ HOW IT COULD HAVE TURNED OUT ♪

♪ AND I GUESS WE'LL NEVER KNOW AND I CAN'T ♪

♪ CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD ♪

♪ CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM ♪

♪ STILL WANTING YOU ♪

♪ I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS IT ♪

♪ TWENTY LONG YEARS HAVE PASSED ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL PINING BABY ♪

♪ YES I AM ♪

♪ YES I AM ♪

♪ HAD YOU GIVEN THIS THING MUCH THOUGHT AT ALL ♪

♪ LIKE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE STARTED TO FALL ♪

♪ IN LOVE LIKE WE DID ♪

WHEN WE WERE TOO YOUNG TO EVEN KNOW ♪

♪ I WISH I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME ♪

♪ I WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU LIKE I WAS OUT OF MY MIND ♪

♪ IF ONLY I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW I'D BE FINE ♪

♪ WHAT HAPPENED BABY HOW DID WE MISS OUT ♪

♪ I WISH I COULD MOVE ON BUT I CAN'T ♪

♪ I'M PERPLEXED, BEWILDERED, UPSET ♪

♪ CAUSE I CAN'T HAVE YOU ♪

♪ NO NO NO AND I CAN'T GET YOU ♪

♪ CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD ♪

♪ CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM ♪

♪ STILL WANTING YOU ♪

♪ I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS IT ♪

♪ TWENTY LONG YEARS HAVE PASSED ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL PINING BABY ♪

♪ THERE'S A LADY FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA WHO SAYS, ♪

♪ SHE SAID ♪

♪ HE'S LEAVING ON THAT MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA ♪

♪ LEAVING ON THAT MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA HOO, HOO ♪

♪ SAID HE'S GOING BACK TO FIND ♪

♪ A SIMPLER PLACE IN TIME ♪

♪ HE'S LEAVING ON THAT MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA ♪

♪ SAID HE'S GOING BACK TO FIND ♪

♪ A SIMPLER PLACE IN TIME ♪

♪ YEAH YEAH, YEAH YEAH, YEAH ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL SITTING PINING BABY ♪

WAIT THAT FEELS GOOD, DO IT AGAIN.

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL SITTING PINING BABY ♪

♪ ANYONE EVER PINED OVER ANYONE OR ANYTHING IN HERE ♪

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IT TOOK ME A MINUTE TO REALIZE WHAT PINING MEANT,

SOMEBODY I DID NOT KNOW,

BUT I LIVED A LITTLE BIT AND I FOUND MYSELF.

ONE DAY DESIRING AND WANTING THAT THING

THAT WAS NOT THERE WITH ME AT THE PRESENT TIME.

ANYBODY EVER PINED OVER ANYONE OR ANYTHING?

OK LOOK, SO I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET FIT RIGHT.

TRYING TO WORK OUT AND GO TO THE GYM

AND THEY SAID LISTEN

YOU CANNOT EAT A WHOLE GALLON OF ICE CREAM

AND A WHOLE CAKE AND THINK YOU'RE GOING TO LOST WEIGHT.

IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO WORK.

SO YOU KNOW, I FIND MYSELF PINING OVER CAKE AND ICE CREAM.

SO YOU KNOW WHAT PINING MEANS SO,

SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LAUGH ABOUT IT.

SAM, EVERY SO OFTEN WE'VE GOT TO LAUGH

BECAUSE YOU PINE TO RIGHT?

AND SOMETIMES WE'RE JUST LAUGHING,

WE JUST SAY SOMETHING LIKE.

♪ PINING, PINING, PINING, IT KIND OF FUNKY SAM ♪

♪ PINING, PINING, PINING ♪

AND THEN SOMETIMES WE SAY,

♪ PINING, PINING, YEAH ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL PINING BABY ♪

♪ JUST ONE MORE TIME CAUSE IT FEELS GOOD ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ DO, DO, DO, DO, DO, DO ♪

♪ AND I'M STILL PINING BABY ♪

♪ YES I AM, YES I AM ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: WHAT WOULD THE AVERY OF TODAY

TELL THE AVERY FROM A FEW YEARS AGO?

AVERY: DON'T BE AFRAID.

DON'T SECOND GUESS.

DON'T DO NO OPRAH AND HAVE ME CRYING.

I'M NOT DOING THIS WITH YOU.

WE HAVE ANOTHER SONG CALLED,

THE SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE FROM THE SUNROOM

AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME FOR A FEW REASONS,

BUT FOR RIGHT NOW I'LL SAY THIS.

YOU GO YOUR WAY,

I'LL GO MINE AND I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE.

AND IT SIMPLY MEANS YOU DO THE THING

THAT YOU WERE CREATED TO DO,

I'LL DO WHAT I WAS CREATED TO DO

AND WATCH THE WORLD SPIN JUST LIKE IT'S SUPPOSED TO.

I'M NOT GOING, IF I'M A STEERING WHEEL,

I'M NOT GOING TO TRY AND BE A TIRE.

I'M GOING TO DO THE THING I WAS CREATED TO DO.

I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE, THAT'S THE PLACE OF YOUR PEACE,

YOUR DESTINY, THE PLACE THAT GOD HAS DESIGNED FOR YOU TO BE.

[MUSIC]

♪ I THINK THEY'VE GOT IT ALL WRONG ♪

♪ BUT WHO AM I TO JUDGE ♪

♪ I'M JUST A SINGER WITH A SONG ♪

♪ BUT LET ME SAY ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ SO YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ AND I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

♪ YOU MIGHT GO LEFT ♪

♪ AND I MIGHT GO RIGHT ♪

♪ BUT I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

♪ YES I WILL ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ NO NEED TO FEAR YOU'RE NOT ALONE ♪

♪ JUST TAKE MY HAND ♪

♪ BUT YOU'VE GOT TO FIND IT ON YOUR OWN ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ SO YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ AND I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

♪ YOU MIGHT GO LEFT ♪

♪ I MIGHT GO TO GO RIGHT ♪

♪ BUT I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

♪ YES I WILL ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA ♪

♪ NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA ♪

♪ NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA ♪

♪ NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA ♪

♪ YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ I PROMISE YOU THIS ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALL RIGHT ♪

♪ YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ I PROMISE YOU THIS ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT ♪

♪ YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ I PROMISE YOU EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT ♪

♪ I PROMISE YOU THIS ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT ♪

♪ YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ YOU GO LEFT AND I'LL GO RIGHT ♪

♪ I PROMISE YOU THIS ♪

♪ IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT ♪

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♪ THERE'S JUST GO TO BE ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE ♪

♪ THERE'S JUST GOT TO BE MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

[APPLAUSE]

♪ MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ MORE THAN ONE WAY ♪

♪ YOU GO YOUR WAY ♪

♪ I WILL GO MINE ♪

♪ AND I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

♪ YOU MIGHT GO LEFT ♪

♪ I MIGHT CHOOSE TO GO RIGHT ♪

♪ BUT I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE ♪

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: I'M JUST GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION

AND YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE ME THE ANSWER LIKE,

THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO IT.

AVERY: OK, WAIT NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

DEDRY: IF I WEREN'T A MUSICIAN, I'D BE A--?

AVERY: A CATERPILLAR.

[LAUGHS]

CAUSE I COULDN'T IMAGINE MYSELF DOING ANYTHING ELSE.

THAT'S IT.

DEDRY: MY FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH IS--?

AVERY: NOTHING.

NO, NO, NO.

FOOTBALL FROM THE TEN-YARD LINE, WHERE YOU CAN SEE REAL CLOSE.

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE FULL-

[LAUGHS]

DON'T ASK ME ANYMORE QUESTIONS CAUSE I.

DEDRY: YES, CAUSE YOU'RE STARTING TO MAKE ME NERVOUS.

AVERY: I MAKE MYSELF NERVOUS.

DEDRY: MY FAVORITE MALE SINGER OF ALL TIME IS--?

AVERY: LUTHER VANDROSS.

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: MY FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER OF ALL TIME IS--?

AVERY: ARETHA FRANKLIN.

DEDRY: MY FAVORITE CD OR ALBUM OF ALL TIME IS?

AVERY: THE WINANS AND I DON'T REMEMBER THE NAME,

BUT THE FOUR BROTHERS, THEY'RE ON IT.

DEDRY: I WOULD LOVE TO DO A DUET WITH--?

AVERY: PHARRELL.

DEDRY: REALLY?

AVERY: YES.

HE'S SO TENDER, HIS VOICE IS TENDER,

HE'S JUST GREAT.

DEDRY: OK, NOW, YOU KNOW I ALWAYS HAVE TO SAVE

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR LAST.

MY FAVORITE INTERVIEWER IS--?

[LAUGHS]

AVERY: HANDS DOWN.

MR. DEDRY JONES.

[APPLAUSE]

DEDRY: I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU.

YOUR MUSIC, YOUR PERSONALITY, YOUR WHO YOU ARE-NESS.

[APPLAUSE]

THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT INTERVIEW.

THANK YOU AVERY, FOR SHARING YOUR MUSICAL GIFTS WITH US

AND NOW WE'D LIKE TO END THIS EXPERIENCE

WITH A LITTLE MORE MUSIC.

[APPLAUSE]

♪ WHEN YOU SAID YOU NEEDED SPACE ♪

♪ I JUST WASN'T IN A PLACE ♪

♪ WHERE I COULD HEAR WHAT YOU MEANT ♪

♪ WHEN YOU SAID IT ♪

♪ I TOOK IT OUT OF CONTEXT BABY ♪

♪ AND GOT ALL BENT OUT OF SHAPE ♪

♪ SO ANGRY TILL I STARTED THINKING 'BOUT THE SENSE ♪

♪ THAT IT DIDN'T MAKE ♪

♪ IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD ♪

♪ ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID ♪

♪ I CHANGED THEM AROUND IN MY HEAD ♪

♪ I LISTENED NOT TO MY HEART BUT TO MY MIND INSTEAD ♪

♪ SENSITIVE AND WARM ♪

♪ THAT'S THE WAY I AM, THAT'S THE WAY I WAS BORN ♪

♪ YOU KNOW, DOUBTS AND INSECURITIES ♪

♪ MAKE IT HARD FOR ME TO HEAR THE THINGS I SHOULD ♪

♪ I TOOK IT OUT OF CONTEXT ♪

♪ AND GOT ALL BENT OUT OF SHAPE ♪

♪ SO ANGRY TILL I STARTED THINKING 'BOUT THE SENSE ♪

♪ THAT IT DIDN'T MAKE ♪

♪ IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD ♪

♪ ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID ♪

♪ I CHANGED THEM AROUND IN MY HEAD ♪

♪ I LISTENED NOT TO MY HEART BUT TO MY MIND INSTEAD ♪

♪ MADE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING ♪

♪ I MADE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL ♪

♪ IT'S SO SAD THAT ALL THE BAGGAGE I HAD MADE ME FEEL ♪

♪ THINGS THAT WEREN'T REAL ♪

♪ IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD ♪

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