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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Valencia Robinson resurfaces at Soul Poetic

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There are tons of reasons why you should be sure to attend Soul Poetic this Friday, April 13 — a few being that the event features the talents of ATL notables like hosts Kemi Bennings and Jamal Ahmad; smooth-voiced singer Alex Lattimore; and author/poet Okeeba Jubalo. In addition, it’s free … and that’s always a great thing.

But for my money’s worth, a rare appearance by Tennessee-born/based vocalist/musician Valencia Robinson is reason alone to hop in your car, on your bike or on MARTA and check things out.

Robinson is an unfamiliar name to some, but local soul heads may remember her time as a denizen of Atlanta. A few short years ago (maybe 2004 or 2005 or so), she was on the scene performing tunes from her debut CD Soul Searchin' — and establishing herself as one the newest, brightest voices to ever come out of the city.

Tunes like “Everlasting” and “Her” stand out as being some slept on masterpieces crafted by Robinson’s heart, mind and hand.

Now living back in her home state, she has continued to perform and record incredible music. All that said, don’t miss your opportunity to see her back on stage the A. She’s got the good for real. Just take a listen to this interview I did with her (for the Charlotte iteration of Creative Loafing) in 2010, which includes one of her great songs:

Free. 7 p.m. (doors) Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater, 915 New Hope Road. 404-613-3220. www.fultonarts.org.

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