The legendary Diana Ross brought her In the Name of Love Tour to Charlotte, North Carolina on February 16th at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and proved she is still “The Boss” when it comes to packing an auditorium and putting on a show where no one sits down the entire time. The show was a sold out event—a reminder that there “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to keep fans from enjoying the icon’s music stylings.
With a career that spans more than 40 years, Ross’ discography is vast, so whittling it down to a playlist to hit some of her classics from various eras was probably not an easy task. She started her career as the lead singer of the legendary Motown trio The Supremes before branching out into a solo career. She also achieved an unprecedented feat of having twelve #1 singles in the United States.
Rhonda Ross, Diana Ross’ daughter with Berry Gordy, opened the show with music she calls “authentic.” She stays true to who she is as an artist and it shows. She told the audience she writes songs that are for grown folks that have a message and from the looks of it, everyone received the message loud and clear as the daughter of Motown gave a soulful performance; in turn, the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Enter 71-year-old Diana Ross with her signature look: big hair and sequined gown, belting out her infamous song, “I’m Coming Out.” Just like a fine wine, Ms. Ross’ voice has only gotten better with time.
For an hour, Ms. Ross took us down a musical journey with hits like “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” and “The Boss.” She even crossed over to some singles from the silver screen with songs from Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, and The Wiz.
Diana Ross had several costume changes and never lost a beat as she crooned and got the crowd dancing and singing with hits like “Upside Down” and “I Will Survive.”
Of course, Ms. Ross had to bridge the gap between old school and new school music. How? She did her version of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” and everyone put their hands up, and they stayed there.
That’s how a legend does it, winning by staying true to their artistry and the music that has become the soundtrack of our lives.
To find out if the tour is heading to your city, check out the Diana Ross Facebook page.
Shameika Rene’ is a journalist of all trades. She can usually be found producing television news and writing for various websites such as Charlotte Five, Creative Loafing, Carolina Style Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Sheen Magazine, WEtv.com, or her own websites, www.themofochronicles.com and www.conversationswithmeik.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @mofochronicles.