Durand Bernarr w/ opener Rahbi- 10/03
at City Winery Atlanta
Singer. Songwriter. Background vocalist. Voguing champion. Professional skater?
Yup! When you think of the artist also known as “AlcoholHarmony”, there are so many facets and descriptions that come to mind. One thing, however, will continuously stand out amongst all and that is the fact that he can SANG. No…not sing. SANG! Not convinced? Well, allow your mind to be open and follow the journey of one of the music industry’s anti-industry best kept secret!
Durand not only grew up in a home where his mother was a professional music teacher and vocal coach, but his father has also worked to provide sound and tour production to some of the greats such as Jill Scott, Jay-Z, Adele, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the late Whitney Houston. Durand has had the opportunity from childhood to sit under, collaborate, and learn from some of music’s leading legends and contributors such as: Earth, Wind & Fire (yes…all of them), The Internet, Maxwell, Sarah Vaughan, Chaka Khan, Cameo, the Foreign Exchange, YahZarah, and comedian Rickey Smiley. Not to mention, he IS the adopted stepson of Erykah Badu (no...not literally, but you get what we mean). Erykah Badu not only heard his second project which he dedicated to her entitled ‘8ight: The Stepson of Erykah Badu’, but she sought him out AND invited him to join her on tour as a part of her band, Neda Stella, which he still tours with today.
With a voice like melted butter and the stage presence like warm cornbread to match , Durand has set out to make sure that not only can he share his music worldwide, but his fans leave his shows and album experiences with a piece of him. Take a listen to any of his projects, from AlcoholHarmony: The MixT@pe to his most recent release #BlameItOnTheMango, you will have an encounter that you have never experienced before. And the money maker? That thing that makes an artist rethink, regroup and redo any song that he is on because of fear to be outshined? Durand can hit a high note that would make Minnie Riperton come down from heaven and take notes.
Are you convinced now? Get into Durand Bernarr and receive the music intoxication that you so well deserve.
Atlantan RAHBI takes musical inspiration from artists as diverse as Prince, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Rick James, and even gospel singers The Clark Sisters. His aim: To combust stereotypical ideals in music & art. His electrifying music and stage presence has gained the admiration of Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae. While being featured on VH1’s Make My Band Famous, Natasha Bedingfield was overcome by RAHBI's infectious melodies.