R&B recording artist Donell Jones – whose hits include “U Know What’s Up” and “Where I Wanna Be” – will headline the 22nd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF) Grand Festival Day concert on Feb. 12 at the Savannah Civic Center. Other artists to perform include Alexis Jordan and festival veteran Jeanette Illidge.
Presented by Savannah State University (SSU) and the city of Savannah, Grand Festival Day is considered the highlight of the annual heritage celebration and packed with family-oriented activities that include a health fair, youth talent showcase, workshops, vending, the concert and more.
All events are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
The concert segment starts at 7 p.m. with Illidge, a singer, songwriter and actress who last year won a national singing competition called “Macy’s Ticket to the Tonys,” which included a walk on the red carpet at the 64th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Illidge was later on the big screen in Tyler Perry’s film “For Colored Girls,” which was released in November 2010.
Also performing at the concert will be recording artist Alexis Jordan. Born in Columbia, S.C., the 18-yearold Jordan has been singing since she began to speak and songwriting since the third grade. In 2006, she entered the Simon Cowell produced television competition “America’s Got Talent” and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Born in Chicago, Jones’s musical roots were planted when he started singing at the age of 8, wrote his first song at the age of 12 and received an electric guitar from his mother at the age of 14. After writing hit songs for Usher, Jones’ debut album, “My Heart,” was released in 1996, followed by “Where I Wanna Be” in 1999, which went platinum. His most recent album release, “Lyrics,” includes the popular hit single “Love Like This.”
“Our Culture is Our Journey” is the theme for the 2011 festival, which is the 12th produced by SSU for the city.
For more information, visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com.