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March 21, 2024
7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Tarsha Fitzgerald RESPECT Aretha Franklin Tribute

“The eternal challenge is to answer grief with something that resembles love. To choose not just to sit around decrying hardship and injustice but instead to uncurl your fists and approach sorrow with grace, power, and, most incredibly, gratitude—not for the hurt itself but for the whole miraculous mess of being alive, this strange endowment of breath and blood. Most days, I believe that Aretha Franklin did this work better than anyone. And she did it while being tough and self-assured, confident in both her capacity and her worth, thus obliterating the terrible, pervasive presumption that a woman can’t be tender and oh-my-goodness mighty at the same time.” – Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker

Tarsha Fitzgerald Productions
RESPECT: A Musical Tribute to Aretha Franklin
“Remembering the Queen of Soul Birthday Concert”
Featuring Lelah S. Jackson & Blac Markit

Lelah S. Jackson [Lead Vocalist]
Blac Markit Band Members:
Mark Stewart Drums [Music Director]
Joel Mills [Keys]
Rodney “Lrod” Lewis [Bass]
Ira Mayfield [Guitar]
Brent Brickhead [Saxophone]

The Queen of Soul Encounter was formed in 2021 under the musical direction of Mark Stewart and lead vocalist Lelah Jackson to pay homage to the late great Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The Amazing Remembering Aretha Franklin Shows starring Lelah Jackson have performed for captivated audiences around the US.

Lelah S. Jackson, a gifted songstress in her own right, started singing as a toddler. Lelah, just wanted to share her gift with the world. At 23 years old, she started singing in a band that would give her an even bigger boost to keep singing, Blac Markit! This band was full of musicians that have played with national recording artists such as Patti Labelle, Jodeci, Tom Brown, and many more. Over these years she has worked with artists such as Wilson Pickett’s Band, Tom Brown, CeCe Peniston, Frank McComb, and a few local and national recording artists. Being with them groomed and shaped her into the vocalist she is today, not discounting her God given gift and gospel background. Gospel is who she truly is. Lelah has a special raspy, old school, gritty tone.

“Ladies & gentlemen, tonight will be no different. Tonight, one of my dreams is to represent an icon. All of me with a piece of Aretha Franklin will be on the stage.” – Lelah S. Jackson

TARSHA FITZGERALD PRODUCTIONS is very profound the Executive Producer creating Magical Musical Performances with Extraordinary Music, Great Vibes, and Memorable Experiences that will be Unforgettable!

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