Jan 20, 2015

R&B Music Icons to Join Forces For 7th Annual Mother's Day Music Festival at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, May 9


Classic R&B artists will team up for a special one-time celebratory Mother’s Day performance on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m.  The Isley Brothers, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds , Fantasia, and Eric Benet will hit the stage at Boardwalk Hall for the 7th annual Mother’s Day Music Festival. This show is proudly presented by Platinum Productions.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 16, at noon and will be available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets or by phone at 800-736-1420. An exclusive pre-sale will also be available on Wednesday, January 14 at 10 AM through Thursday, January 15 at 10 PM. This can be accessed through Ticketmaster.com using offer code “MOTHER”.

About the Artists

The Isley Brothers

Born in Cincinnati and raised in a household ringing with the sounds of gospel music, The Isley Brothers began performing together in the 1950s as teenagers. This was perhaps not surprising as their father was a professional singer and their mother was a pianist who accompanied the family in church. They first made waves in 1959 with "Shout" (eventually a million-seller) but didn't fully break through until 1962, with the Top 20 hit "Twist and Shout" (later made even more famous by The Beatles).

Their renown was cemented with the indelible "It's Your Thing" (1969), which topped R&B charts, ascended to #2 on the Top 40, ultimately sold five million copies, won The Isley Brothers a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance and transmitted the group's power as songwriters and producers. This having been validated, the Brothers nonetheless continually enjoyed hits with songs written by others, including their 1971 take on Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," which rose to #18. 1973's "That Lady (Part 1)," a #6 chart entry, went on to sell two million units. 1975's "Fight the Power (Part 1)," an R&B #1 and Top 40 #4, shone gold, and the Isley’s' Harvest for the World album (1976) sold more than 500,000 copies in three days. In 1990, Ronald Isley refashioned the Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" with Rod Stewart, scoring a #10; the original recording hit #12 in 1966.

All told, The Isley Brothers - who've encompassed two generations of talent - can claim 23 gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, among them 3 + 3 (1973), The Heat Is On (1975), Go for Your Guns (1977), Showdown (1978), Winner Take All (1979), Go All the Way (1980), Grand Slam (1981), Between the Sheets (1983) and Mission to Please (1996).

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 10 Grammy Awards. Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Carole King, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Eric Clapton, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tamia, Shola Ama, 3T, , Sisqo, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Céline Dion, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Chanté Moore, Kenny G, Kristina DeBarge, Lil Wayne, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, Pink, Marc Nelson,TLC, Ariana Grande, and Phil Collins among others. He received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year in 1995–1997.

Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration.

He worked on the Lil Wayne album Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable." He also worked with R&B singer Monica for her sixth studio album Still Standing.

In 2013, Babyface served as producer for Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly, producing majority of her songs, including her second single, "Baby I".

In September 2014, Babyface served as collaborator for Barbra Streisand's album Partners, performing duet for "Evergreen" track and background vocals for other album track.


Fantasia Monique Barrino, commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations.

Eric Benet

Eric Benet Jordan, known professionally as Eric Benet, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date for his musical work. 

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