Avery Sunshine, Nola Ade | The Promontory | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. 2015

Atlanta-based R&B singer Denise White, who performs as Avery Sunshine, takes her fans to church on her wholeheartedly posi sophomore album, last spring’s The Sun Room (Shanachie). The album’s uplifting themes of self-love and spirituality arise from her gospel roots, which reach back to her time in church choir in rural Pennsylvania. After moving to Atlanta for college in the early aughts, White began gigging in the same clubs that launched the likes of India.Arie, and within a few years she found a coast-to-coast audience for her big voice, performing at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Much of her latest record, such as opener “Won’t You Try” and “See You When I Get There,” deftly recaptures the silky-smooth, brass-driven vibe of Hi Records in the Al Green/Ann Peebles era. “Call My Name” takes a 90s turn, with her slightly smoky vocals riding grooves heavy on drum machine and synthesizer, while “SYWIGT Interlude” borrows party-jam cues from Donny Hathaway’s “Sugar Lee.” The Sun Room is a musical dose of vitamin D, essential in the middle of a furious Chicago winter. —Erin Osmon

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