Celebrate the Tucson launch of the publication The Queen Next Door: An Intimate Portrait of Aretha Franklin by Linda Solomon. The evening will feature special performances, pop-up photo installation, book signing, and a conversation between Linda Solomon, Mary Okoye, and Charity Lockhart on the impact of Aretha Franklin in music, civil rights, and women’s rights.
The evening will include special performances by Charity Lockhart who will sing "Respect" and "Natural Woman."
6:00 – 6:30 PM: Mingle and book signing
6:35 – 7:20 PM: Panel Discussion
7:30 PM: Performance by Charity Lockhart
7:40 – 8:00 PM: Mingle and book signing
About the artists:
Linda Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist. In addition to documenting Aretha Franklin for decades, she has captured the most famous celebrities of our time. Solomon shares her love of photography by changing lives of homeless children, as the founder of the nationally recognized Pictures of Hope program. Tucson children, living in homeless shelters, have participated in Pictures of Hope for eight consecutive years. The Tucson Museum of Art has exhibited the children’s heartfelt Pictures of Hope! Linda was selected by NBC NIGHTLY NEWS for the prestigious national honor of MAKING A DIFFERENCE! She personally selected Tucson children for the focus of this national news report. Linda lives in Tucson and in Detroit.
Charity Lockhart has been entertaining audiences since she was six. As the daughter of a Pentecostal pastor and a music teacher mother, Charity grew up immersed in gospel music. As a young girl she studied violin, piano, classical and jazz vocals. At twelve, she was the lead singer in the teen band Revelation, who opened for popular gospel artists including Commissioned and the Mississippi Mass Choir.
Charity studied music performance and music therapy in college, while winning the title "Miss Wright State University" and first runner-up to "Miss Ohio." After college she performed in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Back in the U.S. she landed the role of Young Melba Moore in the national touring company of "Still Standing," a musical based on the life of the legendary R&B performer. "Working with Ms. Moore was an incredible honor and experience," she says. In later years, she continued to share the stage with gospel greats such as John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Mattie Moss Clark, Clark Sisters, Marvin Sapp and Kirk Franklin.
When life in Ohio became intolerable, she found comfort in the bible verse "God will supply all your needs…" (Philippians 4:19). Through faith, she and her two young children left Ohio with nothing but her instruments, $100 and trash bag filled with clothes. She drove to Phoenix, living in her car and singing in nightclubs until she made enough to rent an apartment. "It was a humbling experience, but I learned about the powers within me; dreaming, hoping, praying and expecting a good outcome every day."
Charity wasn’t down for long, quickly rebuilding her career. Now she splits her time between Arizona and Japan, where she tours each summer. Charity works with TAD productions with a tribute to Whitney Houston and a tribute to Aretha Franklin onstage with a 10 piece band including a horn section and background singers. When not traveling, she enjoys teaching voice lesson to youth and vocal healing workshops.
Through the ups and downs, music gave her strength. "I believe in the power of music to heal and change lives. I’ve learned to live in love and enjoy every moment with gratitude," she says.
Charity pulls from her varied experiences to create music that’s soothing to the mind, body and soul. "When people come to see me perform, no doubt they’ll be entertained," she laughs, "But they’ll also feel love, joy and peace. I always tell my audiences, expect to be transformed."
DateTuesday, December 3, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VenueTucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
140 North Main Avenue