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CLOSE’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.

Name: Avery*Sunshine

Age: 39

Hometown: Chester, PA

List some of your Musical Influences: Gladys Knight, Twinkie Clark, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones

Describe Your Sound: Soulful and hopefully inspirational

Biggest Break Thus Far? So hard to say! Touring with B.B. King, Ledisi, Kem & Gregory Porter are

definitely considered “break” territory!

If you were a lovechild of any artist, dead or alive, who would they be? Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Al Green! My name would have been, “Gladys Sunshine LaBelle Wonder Green” Is that too weird?!

Dream collaboration(s)? Collabs with my “illegitimate love parents” of course! LOL!

What is the celeb advice you’ll never forget? Rahsaan Patterson told me backstage, after our show at Centerstage in Atlanta, “When someone tells you what YOUR art should sound or look like, it’s no longer YOUR art. It’s THEIRS.”

Check out her single “Call My Name” here:



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