The Mother's Day Show featuring The Whispers & Stephanie Mills - Newark Symphony Hall




Friday, May 10, 2013 8:00PM

Classic R&B and Soul: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift! At Newark Symphony Hall


The legendary R&B group The Whispers and Grammy & American Music Award winner Stephanie Mills take the stage at Newark Symphony Hall on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8pm for a special Mother’s Day Concert mom is sure to love!

Newark Symphony Hall
1020 Broad Street
Newark, NJ


A veteran R&B quintet with an impressive legacy of hits, The Whispers celebrate more than four decades of beautiful, enduring music. As one of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, they began their legendary and timeless career in 1963, producing a string of hits over the last four decades. The group emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits.

Arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation, The Whispers still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors of twins Walter and Scotty. In the new millennium The Whispers still perform around the world to thousands of loyal fans. They have not made any personnel changes and the group still consists of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, and Leaveil Degree. The Whispers are one of only a few “old school” groups that can boast of having over 40 years in the industry with a worldwide fan base, maintaining their vocal dominance and original members. Their music has been heard on movie sound tracks such as “Waiting to Exhale” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and they sang the title track on Jay Leno’s movie soundtrack “Collision Course”.

Over 40 years of R & B and pop favorites later, spanning more than 3 dozen albums, the group has achieved numerous honors and distinctions.


7 Gold Albums
2 Platinum Albums
12 Top Twenty Singles
40 Charted Hits Since 1970
Grammy Award Nominees
American Music Award Nominees
Soul Train Award Nominees

Rising to fame as “the little girl with the big voice” starring for 5 years in the hit Broadway musical, “The Wiz”, Stephanie Mills has become one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. The Grammy and American Music Award-winning recording artist, with her ultra soulful sound and captivating onstage energy, has had five best-selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles.

Stephanie’s journey as an enduring performer began like that of so many of her contemporaries, singing gospel in church in her native Brooklyn, NY. Her vocal abilities became evident early on and by age 9, she was mesmerizing crowds in her first Broadway musical “Maggie Flynn,” sharing the stage with co-stars Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy. Over an illustrious three decade career, Stephanie Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer who is as at home on the Broadway stage as she is in the recording studio. Her hit records such as “I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love,” “Home” and “Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” have become enduring classics.

Critically acclaimed appearances in the 4-time Tony Award-winning “The Wiz” and “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” have yielded a consistently loyal following among fans, industry insiders and critics alike. The recipient of NAACP Image Awards, Stephanie’s multifaceted career has also included recurring roles in popular TV soap operas “Search For Tomorrow” and “One Life To Live.”

Returning to the stage, Stephanie toured the country in the early 1990s with “The Wiz” and in the past decade, she has appeared in a number of highly-acclaimed roles in such shows as “Your Arms Too Short With Box” (starring with Teddy Pendergrass), “Children Of Eden,” “Ragtime,” “Play On” (a tribute to Duke Ellington’s music), “His Woman, His Wife” and “Black Nativity.” She began touring again in 2001 and has been wowing audiences in shows with artists including The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, The Isley Brothers, Carl Thomas and at festivals featuring Mary J. Blige, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Babyface, and Smokey Robinson.


Movin In The Right Direction,1974
For The First Time, 1975
Love Has Lifted Me, 1976
What’ Cha’ Gonna Do With My Lovin, 1979
Sweet Sensation, 1980
Stephanie, 1981
Tantalizingly Hot, 1982
Merciless, 1983
I’ve Got The Cure, 1984
Stephanie Mills, 1985
If I Were Your Woman, 1987
Home, 1989
Christmas, 1991
Something Real, 1992
Personal Inspirations, 1995
Born For This!, 2004
Breathless, 2010

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