A “Night Of Legendary Soul” starring ‘Mickielyn’ as Aretha Franklin & Gerrand X as James Brown
Starring as Aretha Franklin
Wanda McDowell- Brisbon, AKA, Mickielyn… Mickielyn is a Philadelphia native who started performing at the age of 8 years old. She graduated from The Creative & Performing Arts High School and was also a student at the renowned Philadanco Dance Company where she studied ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Settlement music as well as piano and theory. With a strong passion for acting, Mickielyn traveled with The Young Philadelphians, an International acting group. With her 6-octave voice range, Mickielyn has performed with Patti LaBelle, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the group After 7, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark, and the Gamble family of Philly International Records. Mickielyn has mastered portraying the greats such as Whitney Houston, Sara Vaughn, Teena Marie, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, and of course Aretha Franklin. Mickielyn is so thankful for her talents and the ability to perform at the highest level in every performance no matter the song or the legend that she is portraying.
Starring as James Brown
Gerrand X… Gerrand was born in Philadelphia and went on to study at Johnson & Wales University. Gerrand fell in love with music and performing while in elementary school where he won many talent shows with his voice, acrobatics, and stage presence. Some of Gerrand’s musical influences were Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway, Eddie LaVert, Rick James and James Brown. Gerrand has performed around the world including Thailand and Indonesia, leaving audiences captivated with his ability to sing and perform at maximum level on each and every performance. Gerrand is the consummate entertainer who is also a gifted drummer, bassist, and songwriter. As he continues to perform in venues coast to coast, Gerrand is also writing an audiobook and is working on releasing his own music material in the very near future. Gerrand considers it an extreme honor to portray his idol James Brown as he keeps Mr. Brown’s music alive..
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