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Published on July 19th, 2019 | by Landon Buford


Carol Riddick, Tamia, & Ne-Yo Rocks The Dell

Marvin Chambers- Blue Chip Imaging

Dell Music Center-Philly’s own Carol Riddick set the right tone for tonights concert. This songwriter has performed in front of her hometown crowd and around the world, winning fans with her sultry voice and stage presence.

This sultry songstress-songwriter has graced stages from her hometown of Philadelphia and across the globe, winning fans and admirers with her extraordinary voice and presence. Highly regarded in the music community for her vocal ability, mesmerizing performances, and genuinely warm personality, Carol is a unique entertainer whose evolution is ongoing. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, music has been a part of her life since she was a teenager. It was in her early adulthood that the industry took notice of her vocal talent when she started touring with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff. Since then, Carol has blessed the tracks of many distinguished artists. She is featured on records by Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Norman Brown, Kindred The Family Soul and a host of others. Most notably, her distinct vocal delivery can be heard on Musiq’s “Soulstar,” the title track on his multi-platinum album.

After partnering with Axis Music Group, a Philadelphia-based record company, Carol creatively spearheaded the creation of her debut CD. What some may consider a massive undertaking for an artist came naturally to Carol, who co-produced and co-wrote the majority of the tunes on “Moments Like This.” Carol has collaborated with GRAMMY award-winning producers and songwriters including James Poyser (Erykah Badu, The Roots), Anthony Bell (Jill Scott, Jewel), Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias (Musiq, Faith Evans). Carol’s fondness for the Philly International and Motown recordings on which she grew up is reflected in her debut album, “Moments Like This,” which carries on the tradition of music that moves people.

Her Sophomore project “Love Phases” which included the soul-stirring single “Love Like I’ve Never Been Hurt Before” was scheduled for release in January of 2015 and its collection of songs expressing facets of the joy and hurt of love; whether it be romantic or self-love. In addition to her solo efforts, Carol also lent her impressive background vocal ability to musically acclaimed R&B crooner and Prince of Sophisticated Soul Will Downing, with his live performances, appearing as one of his background vocalists. Carol’s performance of the riveting duet “Nothing Has Ever Felt,” initially recorded by Will Downing and the incomparable Rachelle Ferrell, is sure to take your breath away. Her beautiful spirit, sensuous stage shows, and passionate vocal delivery will surely soothe your ears and alter your spirit in the most alluring way.

Tamia a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, and actress followed Riddick in the lineup. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. In 1994, after signing a development deal with Warner Bros. Records, she was asked by producer Quincy Jones to appear on his album Q’s Jook Joint (1995), earning her Grammy Award nominations for their collaboration on “You Put a Move on My Heart and “Slow Jams.” Her self titled debut was released in 1998 and followed by a series of successful albums with Elektra Records, including A Nu Day (2000) and More (2004). Several songs from these albums became hit singles on the pop and R&B record charts, including “So Into You “, “Stranger In My House” and “Imagination” as well as her collaborations “Into You”, “Missing You” and “Spend My Life with You”.

In 2015, her sixth album Love Life debuted and peaked at number two on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, becoming her highest-charting album. An NAACP Image Award recipient for her work with singer Eric Benét, Tamia is a six-time Grammy Award nominee and has been nominated for numerous other awards and accolades, including a Soul Train Music Award, a Source Award, and four Juno Awards.

Tamia in her Spinto Mezzo-Soprano voice had the crowd mesmerize with her slow down rendition version of “ Stranger In My House” and she had fun with the crowd showing off her vocal range with “So Into You”.

Tamia ‘s voice range has three octaves and she displayed every one of them at the packed house of the Dell Music Center.


Marvin Chambers- Blue Chip Imaging

Ne-Yo closed the show out and after finishing “Because Of You”, he asked the crowd “who idea was it for me to follow Tamia.” The crowd of nearly 6k busted out in laughter as the audience at the Dell got a glimpse of the entertainer’s comedic side.

Ne-Yo, 39 and now on his seventh studio album, is in a good place since being married. When he debuted over a decade ago, the singer turned heads with a series of strikingly singles. Ne-Yo crafted modern standards and raise the bar for himself (“So Sick,” “Because of You”) and others: He wrote the top lines for Mario’s “Let Me Love You” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” both of which went number one.

Because of You (2007), Ne-Yo’s second studio album, was the second number one platinum-selling album debuted on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards.  His third studio album, Year of the Gentleman (2008), saw continued success and further Grammy Award nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album as well as Album of the Year. It’s singles “Closer” and “Miss Independent “were also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song. Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum twice in the US, selling two million copies, also platinum three times in the UK and once in Japan.

Ne-Yo went through his repertoire of hits “Mad”, “So Sick”, “Sexy Love”, “Because of You”, and “Do You” just to name of a few.

Ne-Yo made this concert personal by connecting with his audience as he danced with them on and off the stage platform. Ne-Yo was able to dazzle his fans with his ability to stay engaged with the crowd.

The Dell Music Center located in scenic East Fairmount Park, the center is Philadelphia’s premier outdoor entertainment venue. This open-air amphitheater offers the best in musical entertainment and family-oriented activities.

Next Concert: The Whispers with Stephanie Mills, After 7 and Karyn White (July 25, 2019)

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