VH1 To Spotlight Memphis Talent in Showcase Series

VH1 Soul will be in Memphis later this month filming their television series, ‘Soul Cities,’ a show that attempts to discover the ‘real soul’ of cities that are historically known for soul music.

VH1 Soul will be in Memphis later this month filming their television series, “Soul Cities,” a show that attempts to discover the “real soul” of cities that are historically known for soul music. The digital network will be here for five days, looking to shine the national spotlight not only on our rich musical heritage, but equally as important, the renaissance that is taking place on the local soul music scene today. The show will also feature a performance by local R&B/Soul artist, Tonya Dyson.

Dyson’s performance will be filmed on Wednesday, July 16th at the Hattiloo Theatre, at 7 PM. The event will be held in conjunction with her regular weekly production,”The Spokenherd,” which offers an open-mic platform for local and regional poets and spoken word artists. Visit for more information on The Spokenherd and other NeoSoulville events.

Tonya Dyson represents the new generation of soul music coming to life here in the Bluff City. Having gained notoriety on the local, regional, and national soul music circuit as part of the talented duo, Men-Nefer, Tonya is poised to take her career to the next level as a solo artist. She has already shared the stage with phenomenal acts like Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Eric Roberson, Calvin Richardson, Algebra Blessett, Kindred, and Jaguar Wright, just to name a few. Currently, Dyson is working towards completing her solo project, which is a powerhouse of gospel-influenced soul stirrings that are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Sarah Vaughan. Visit for more information.

VH1 Soul chose to feature Memphis on “Soul Cities” because of its deeply spiritual connection to the history of soul music. After all, this is the city where Stax/Volt Records was born and flourished. Moreover, it is the home of dozens of highly respected soul music impresarios and a bevy of gospel singers who have charmed audiences around the world for decades. Other stops on the “Soul Cities” circuit include New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, and Philadelphia. The series is scheduled to air on VH1 Soul in the late fall.

Event: VH1 Soul’s “Soul Cities” featuring Tonya Dyson
Host: Nelson George, VH1 Soul
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Venue: Hattiloo Theatre, 656 Marshall Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Time: Doors open at 7 PM, Showtime at 8 PM

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