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Album Review

Soul singer, pianist, and songwriter Avery Sunshine made her self-titled debut back in 2010. The record was embraced by BBC's Radio 2 and a slew of European DJs both on radio and in clubs, prompting a spot on Later...With Jools Holland (an appearance that apparently blew away Ringo Starr). Subsequently she toured, opening for everyone from B.B. King to Eric Benét; from Musiq (Soulchild) to Ledisi. Her single "Ugly Part of Me" made its way into BillBoard's Top 20 on the Urban chart. Her long-awaited follow-up — again recorded and written with musical partner, guitarist Dana "Big Dane" Johnson — does not disappoint; if anything, it further establishes her as a singular talent. Sunshine uses the source inspirations of classic R&B from Memphis, Detroit, and Philly, and places them in decidedly modern context, setting her apart from retro-soul revivalists. Check the ballad (and first single) "Call My Name," with its sultry weave of guitars, rubbery bassline, and her piano fluidly underscoring her vocal in this stirring torch song. On opener "Won't You Try," she uses the example of Hi Records' Willie Mitchell and Al Green in a classic club fingerpopper. "One Foot Ahead" uses jazz syncopation and reggae inside a lithe funk. "Meditation No. 1 (Conversation with God)" recontextualizes 21st century gospel inside dreamy neo-soul. "I Do Love You (You Ain't Got to Lie)" weds early Motown and Southern gospel, Etta James, and Jill Scott. "See You When I Get There," with its clavinet, electric piano, horns, and loops, carries a groove so infectious, slippery, and funky, it could be the follow-up single. Closer "Safe in His Arms" showcases Sunshine's prodigious piano talents. It is a striking gospel tune that addresses a soldier, exhorting her/him to have faith when returning to the battlefield. One can hear traces of both Dorothy Love Coates and Nina Simone in her delivery — which is no mean feat. The Sun Room is more diverse than her debut, and reveals the expansion of Sunshine's musical vision on The Sun Room, combined with a maturity and self-assuredness that further engrave her musical signature in the R&B lexicon.

Customer Reviews


Avery Sunshine is a gift to the world! Her authenticity shines through her music and I so appreciate her for it! I am excited to see what’s next.

Keep them coming!!!

I listen to the songs on iTunes can't way till we can purchase the you are AWESOME!!!

An Awesome Gift!

I am sooo loving Avery Sunshine! I think she has such a beautiful voice. Although I've never met her, from her performances and her Facebook posts she seems to be a person with a beautiful spirit! I pre-ordered the upcoming album over a week ago and can't wait! Growing up in the church myself, I am so elated that she is singing one of my favorite songs on this new album, I have got to see her perform it live (and maybe sing it with her.....)! I am looking forward to more great stuff to come from Avery Sunshine and I intend to follow her every step of the way!


Born: Chester, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Avery Sunshine is a mercurial singer and composer who weds soul, gospel, jazz, and R&B in a signature mix. The singer has worked everywhere from Broadway to the Democratic National Convention to the European club and festival scenes. Sunshine's given name is Denise White. Though she lives in Atlanta, she originates from Chester, Pennsylvania, where she began her musical vocation by singing and playing piano in church. She attended Spellman College in Atlanta, where she started her musical apprenticeship...
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