Theresa Hightower 2/28Wednesday, February 28 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 10:00pm
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Theresa Hightower is regarded as one of the great jazz and blues vocalists, actresses, and songwriters of her generation. She is a veteran of concert halls, recordings, cabaret, musical theater, stage, and screen. Both critics and audiences have marveled at her range, vocal phrasing, and exciting live performances, as well as her capacity to embody and bring life to the characters she portrays on screen and on stage. She is one of only a handful of jazz artists, Cleo Laine among them, to win critical success in the fields of both jazz and musical theater.
Rapping with her audiences during her performances, Theresa has gained a reputation as a warm and personable performer. Promoters all over the world are especially thrilled with her ability to pack any room or arena where she is performing. In her star-making turn as legendary singer Dinah Washington in the musical, Queen of the Blues - An Evening with Dinah Washington, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called her performance dazzling, riveting, and a knock out. Critics and audiences throughout the U.S. gave similar praise to the actress during the show's celebrated American tour and off-Broadway run.
Of her twice held-over, standing room-only performances at The Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, members of the international press heralded her exciting stage presence and universal audience appeal. Within days of her Olympic triumph, she was invited to enjoy a two-week engagement in Paris at the famed Quai du Blues. French audiences and critics welcomed her with similar accolades. As a cultural ambassador, Theresa has represented the United States in State and Department of Defense-sponsored tours of Europe, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East.
She was the star performer for the Prime Minister of St. Kitts in the Caribbean at his annual gala in 2005, and was the inaugural performer for the Bermuda Breeze Jazz Series in Bermuda in 2011. She has served as an opening act for such entertainment luminaries as Michael Franks, Oleta Adams, Grammy award winners The Main Ingredient (with lead singer Cuba Gooding, Sr.), The Manhattans, Ashford and Simpson, Cassandra Wilson, Lou Rawls, The Drifters, Bobby Blue Bland, The Stylistics, Sonny Turner ( former lead singer of the Platters), and Tony Award Winner Ruth Brown, among others.
Theresa has had critically acclaimed performances, including starring roles, in such musicals as Blues In The Night, Still Life, World Goes Round, The Good Times Are Killing Me, and Love Johnny, among others. In addition to her highly celebrated tour with Queen of the Blues - An Evening with Dinah Washington, Theresa has also toured with national productions of W.C. Handy Blues and Blues to Broadway. In 2015, she began a national tour with Lolita Snipes’ production of Head Over Heels, in which she co-starred with Grammy winners Kenny Lattimore, Tamika Scott, and HBO comedian Tony Tone.
She has also been a featured vocalist on Peach State Radio Network's Ben Tucker & Friends with Theresa Hightower Live Jazz. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, the generous singer has donated her time and talent to a host of local causes to serve and benefit others. These include WSB-TV's Family to Family Program, UNCF, American Cancer Society, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Women Prevent AIDS, and Northside High School of the Performing Arts, among numerous others. In 2014, she was recognized for her contributions to and involvement with the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation, INC. event, Stompin’ 2 at The Savoy, and the Atlanta Area Outreach Initiative 15th Annual Health Care Initiative.
Theresa served for four years as executive secretary on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Grammy Awards.
Theresa Hightower has been named Atlanta’s Top Female Vocalist by Top Star Awards. She was honored as Top Jazz Musician in Atlanta by the entertainment magazine, Creative Loafing. The Atlanta NAACP presented Theresa with the Diamond Jubilee Award, naming her Top Female Vocalist. She also received the Angel of Music Award in 2001 from the New Thought Theological Seminary, and The Women in Entertainment Award from AKA Sorority in 2003. In 2012, Theresa was honored with the Legend Award from I AM Cre8tive Live. Theresa was recognized twice for her amazing talents in 2015. Black Women in Jazz awarded Theresa with their Lady Jazz Master Award, and she also received a Lifetime Achievement/Performing Arts Award from Mayan Industry.
Theresa has also appeared in a number of film and television roles. Her movie roles include: Made in Heaven (starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis); Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (starring Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, and Denise Richards); and the recently released Digital Lives Matter (starring DC Young Fly and Rodney Perry, directed by Terri J. Vaughn). Her television roles include: In the Heat of the Night, Aspire TV’s Mommy Uncensored (directed by Terri J. Vaughn), and TV One’s Fatal Attraction.
She has released several recordings: Thought of You a Little Too Much, Trust My Love (which was re-released in Europe in 2012), Come & Get My Love, and a remake of the classic, Soldier Boy. Theresa appears on the following CDs: Freddy Cole’s recently released Freddy Cole Singing The Blues; The Full Moon of Sonia, by the world-renowned Sonia Sanchez; and Aquemini, by Grammy winners OUTKAST. Her current CD is entitled Multifaceted. She also is currently recording with jazz legend Ojeda Penn. They have released two singles, Round Midnight and World Peace.
Theresa completed a long-term engagement of more than 19 years at Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Buckhead. As well as her traveling, concerts, movie, and television roles, she is currently the resident vocalist at The St. Regis Hotel Atlanta as the inaugural performer for their world-renowned Jazz Legends Series.