I’m gonna give it to you short and sweet: Avery Sunshine is a self-made woman. She’s an independent soul artist charting on Billboard by the sheer force of her will and the power of her voice. She’s a dramatic actor winning raves under the direction of Hollywood veteran Jasmine Guy in “I Dream the Musical”, now playing at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. And she’s raising children as she grows her career—with a smile on her face and in her heart. AVERY*Sunshine is the album out now from this Sister Swan. She’s handling her entertainment business on her terms. And this is definitely her season.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently a member of the cast of “I Dream the Musical”. I have a principal role as Grandma. “I Dream” is a musical drama based on the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am also promoting my self titled debut album AVERY*Sunshine which peaked at #3 on the R&B/Soul section of iTunes and #93 on Billboard’s Top 100 albums. Exciting!
Congratulations on that debut week activity; no easy feat! Share something you do for work that’s harder than it looks.
We recently shot my first video (laughs)…harder than it looks!!!
Describe a moment of sweet vindication.
That would have to be when my album was released in all of Europe and South Africa…
What’s the most dangerous aspect of the waters you navigate?
Hmmm… the possibility of losing what I know about myself to what others think and say about me.
Name two places you call home.
The two places that I call home are wherever my children are and on the stage.
What book(s) are you reading right now?
I’m reading A Letter To My Daughters by Maya Angelou.
Who are your influences?
Life influences: GOD, My parents, my children, my relationships… Musical influences: The Clark Sisters, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson.
We all need creative stimulation to be successful. What is your favorite creative food (museum, culture, film, travel)?
My favorite creative “stimulator” would have to be movies… I LOVE MOVIES!!!! I’m always inspired musically by the musical content as well as the dramatic content. Always.
What is your guilty pleasure?
You asked for one but I MUST give you all three! White Turtle ice cream (from Brewster’s), shoes, and Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies.
For more on Avery Sunshine:
Follow her on twitter @averysunshine
For more on I Dream the Musical: www.idreaminatlanta.com