The Cabot presents India.Aire at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston! To contact their box office, please call 617-747-2261.
Meet & Greet ticket packages available – limited availability – details below!
WORTHY is India.Arie’s seventh studio album and soars as her most textured and lively work to date; an intuitive, multi-layered effort from a mature artist at the top of her creative powers. Along with the inspiring “What If” (which honors iconic trailblazers such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks) India also released the Caribbean-tinged song “That Magic,” from the forthcoming album. Currently a Top Ten song at R&B, the corresponding video features award-winning Television/Film and Stage actor Lyriq Bent (just completed SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT for Netflix) and a cameo from GRAMMY winning Reggae Superstar Gramps Morgan. Other songs on the album include “Hour Of Love,” “Steady Love,” “We Are,” “Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda” and the title track “Worthy,” among others.
Credited for creating some of the most thought-provoking songs of her generation, India continues to uphold the standard for singer/songwriters as a messenger for love, hope, and compassionate humanitarianism. She plans to showcase songs from the new album on her upcoming tour, sharing their compelling narratives as she continues to expand the canvas of her spiritual and lifestyle mission that has made her one of the most in-demand performers and speakers in the wellness space.
After more than 10 million albums sold and 10 world tours, including her pairing with icon Stevie Wonder on his historic 2015 Songs in the Key of Life Tour, India.Arie is recognized as a global difference maker. Over the past two decades, she has been embraced by a new generation of artists such as Janelle Monáe and Ariana Grande, amplifying the resilient singer/songwriter’s signature themes of personal and spiritual growth, social justice, and self-knowledge. Her willingness early on to challenge preconceived notions of beauty and sexuality coupled with her courage to defy broad racial and gender categorizations have helped empower current culturally-conscious movements.
Also among her accomplishments and accolades are five Top Ten albums (including 2001’s seminal Acoustic Soul, nominated for seven GRAMMYs, and her #1 debuting 2006 release, Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship), numerous NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, MTV Awards, and command performances for three US Presidents, (receiving public praise from President Clinton and President Obama). She also met the Dalai Lama and toured the National Civil Rights Museum with him in Memphis, TN. She was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and has joined Oprah Winfrey on multiple projects, including as a featured ‘Change Makers and Wisdom Teachers’ on Winfrey’s OWN Network as well as sharing with Oprah her trademark blend of performance/spiritual teaching via SongVersation.
India.Arie – Meet & Greet Package – $179 (not including fees)
-One premium reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows
-Exclusive pre-show Meet & Greet with India.Arie
-Personal photograph with India.Arie
-Intimate & private acoustic performance by India.Arie
-Autographed 8×10 photo
-India.Arie tote bag
-Exclusive India.Arie VIP merchandise item
-Official meet & greet laminate
-Very limited availability
Located in the historic Back Bay, the Berklee Performance Center (BPC) is at the core of Boston’s entertainment and cultural community. Many excellent restaurants and hotels, as well as the Prudential Center, Fenway Park, and the Hynes Convention Center, are within walking distance. The Berklee Performance Center is easily accessible by public transportation, with parking available in neighboring garages.
Showcasing more than 200 events each year, the BPC may just be the busiest, most unique theater in Boston. Owned and operated by Berklee College of Music, the BPC hosts concerts by talented students, faculty, and visiting artists, as well as a wide variety of productions presented by outside promoters, arts presenters, and community organizations. Events at the BPC span every musical genre and represent a broad range of countries and cultures, from traditional artists to contemporary innovators defining the future of music.
The Berklee Performance Center houses a fully automated box office, which includes an extensive network that ensures easy access to tickets. The box office is typically open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (please note that hours may differ during holidays and periods when the college is closed). For information on upcoming events, visit our events calendar or contact the box office at617-747-2261.
“I wanted to make an album where I could be free to be myself, with no walls or boundaries,” Javier Colon says of his new album Gravity. “I wanted the freedom to be myself musically, and I was surrounded by people who encouraged me to do that.”
Blessed with a stunningly soulful voice, an uncanny songwriting talent, a charismatic personality and a commanding stage presence, Javier Colon has already won the attention of an international fan base that’s embraced his personally-charged, acoustic-textured blend of pop, rock and R&B, an effortlessly distinctive style that he’s dubbed “acoustic soul.”
Having been introduced millions of TV viewers as the winner on the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice, singer-songwriter-guitarist Colon is set to take his recording career to the next level with Gravity, his fourth album and his first for Concord Records.
Indeed, the 13-song Gravity, on which Colon wrote or co-wrote all but three songs, marks a creative milestone for the artist. Such musically compelling, emotionally resonant tunes as “For A Reason,” “Clear the Air,” “Walking Blind” and the memorable title track demonstrate the breadth of his talents, matching his distinctly expressive voice with irresistible melodies, insightful lyrics and Colon’s own distinctive acoustic guitar work, which sets the tone for the album’s spacious instrumental arrangements.
Recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles and Utah as well as the artist’s home state of Connecticut, Gravity marks a turning point in an eventful musical journey that’s taken Javier Colon to a lot of interesting places. The son of a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother, Colon emerged as a musical prodigy early in life. His gifts took him to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, where he founded an a cappella R&B quintet that performed at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. Soon after graduating from Hartt with a degree in Music Education, he became lead singer of the neo-funk group EmCQ.
When EmCQ opened for funk-jazz luminaries Soulive, Javier’s talents drew the attention of Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, whose recommendation led to him becoming lead singer of the Derek Trucks Band. Colon spent two years touring with Trucks’ group, with the band’s eclectic rock/soul/blues/jazz brew providing an impressive vehicle for his talent and versatility. After striking out on his own and signing a solo deal with Capitol Records, Javier released two well-regarded albums in urban-R&B mode, before making the audacious move of casting off that commercial direction in order to pursue a more personal approach to music-making.
After releasing the acoustic EP The Truth on his own label, Javier’s career took an unexpected but propitious turn in 2011, when he became the winner on The Voice‘s first season, receiving a recording contract with Universal Republic Records. The new deal yielded the well-received album Come Through for You as well as the holiday-themed EP A Very Acoustic Christmas. But disagreements over creative direction caused the artist to once again make the decision to seek out a label situation better suited to his musical goals.
“I’m grateful to The Voice for allowing me to be myself in front of tens of millions of people,” Javier notes. “It was the greatest thing that could have happened to me, and the experience gave me the confidence to fight to be my real self musically. I was happy with the album that I made for Universal, for the most part, but it was kind of an arranged marriage and it didn’t work out. But that’s OK, I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Now I’m in situation with Concord where I can make the music that I’ve always wanted to make.
The new label association yields substantial creative results throughout Gravity, which finds Javier Colon delivering some of his most accomplished songwriting and most inspired performances to date.
“It’s always been my goal as a songwriter,” he says, “to write songs that people can relate to their own experiences, or to get people to step out of their own shoes for a few minutes and see what somebody else’s life might be like.”
Colon set the stage for Gravity‘s release with some recent overseas successes, including a run of shows in Japan with renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and a series of concerts in Mexico and South America with Maroon 5 (whose frontman Adam Levine was Javier’s coach on The Voice).
“Those were two of the most amazing experiences of my life,” says Colon. “On the Maroon 5 shows, I was just the opener, but the audiences were so affectionate and appreciative that there were times on stage that I was moved to tears. I sang a song or two in Spanish, and the reaction was so incredible that I’m planning on recording some songs in Spanish for my fan base in Latin America.”
Those experiences helped to ignite Colon’s excitement about getting back on the road and bringing Gravity to his loyal and growing fan base.
“I get emails and messages from fans, saying that my music has moved them or touched them, or helped them when they were in a dark place,” he says. “That’s something that I take very seriously. Knowing that other people are listening on that level makes me feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
“Music is powerful,” Colon continues. “It can make you cry, it can make you laugh, it can make you dance, and it can make you feel like you’re not alone. It can allow you to confront your life, or it can make you forget about life for awhile. My songs have always come from the heart, and from a place of wanting to move people or make people feel something inside.
“I’m glad to be in a position now where I can put music out there that reflects who I am as an artist and a person,” he concludes. “As an artist, you live and die by the songs that you sing, and if you sing a song that you’re not fully invested in, or a song that you don’t really feel, then you’re not doing your job as an artist. With Gravity, I got to make an album that I really love from start to finish, and I’m willing to fight for that and live with the consequences.”