The inaugural charity event is being sponsored by BG T&T, partnered with United Airlines and Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. According to United Way, it costs $1,500 to provide the basic needs for a child for a year.
Feel recently provided mattresses to the flood victims two weeks ago, each at the cost of $1,000.Headley is among the top singers with a vocal that absolutely astounds with its intensity and is considered one of the great entertainers of the day, on record and on stage.
The Tony and Grammy Award winner considers her multi-faceted career a blessing. She was born and spent most of her childhood in Trinidad. The daughter of a pastor, she started singing and playing the piano in the church at a very young age. The family moved to the United States in the early 90’s, where her love for the arts continued.
In 1997, Headley, a Northwestern University alumni, won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of the Elton John and Tim Rice’s hit Tony winning musical The Lion King. While still in The Lion King, she was asked to audition for the title role in the writing duo’s next Broadway venture together, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Her portrayal of the Nubian princess, Aida, won her the praise of critics and the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
In addition to other awards, she also received the coveted Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. That year she was listed as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Essence Magazine’s 30 Women To Watch.
Headley continued her Broadway success on the pop charts with her 2002 debut album on RCA Records, This Is Who I Am, which featured productions by several top-flight producers including Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Shep Crawford. Two songs, the single He Is and the album track I Wish I Wasn’t, both emerged as Top 5 R&B and Dance chart hits.
She earned numerous accolades for This Is Who I Am, including Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. At the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards she won dual honours: R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.
She also received nominations at the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist, Billboard Music Awards for R&B New Artist of the Year, and BET Awards in the “Cool Like That” category.
Over the past few years she has also displayed her versatility as one of classical star Andrea Bocelli’s favourite singing partners, and has been featured in many of his American and international tours, his Live In Tuscany PBS special, and his Under The Desert Sky live concert DVD.
- T&T Guardian