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Black Music Month Celebration Concert

We celebrated Black Music Month with a concert at WHQR Thursday, July 27 at 7pm. We had a night of great music from gospel to standards to R&B gems. Silivea Johnson, Charles King, and Teddy Burgh all performed and Rhonda Bellamy emceed the evening.

If you missed it, you can watch a video of the event here. A produced and edited audio version of the Black Music Month Concert will be broadcast on air at a later date. Details to come soon!

WHQR Black Music Month Concert


Charles T. King III is a Native Wilmingtonian and Class of 1976 John T. Hoggard High School graduate. He started singing in Church at around 7 or 8 years old and performed at a Jazz Concert in Hartford, CT at the TruColors Brewery. He was the Vocal Entertainment for the City Club's Great Gatsby Party in March of this year and will be the Vocal Entertainment for their 4th of July Celebration. He’s sung at a number of Community functions; Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, weddings, parties, and Funerals. Charles says he “loves and enjoys singing because of the wide range of emotions it evokes from BOTH the audiences and within myself!”

Silivea Johnson is an exceptionally talented female pioneer and vocalist who is also a multifaceted Recording Artist, Musician, Songwriter, Production Engineer, and Radio Syndication Show Host. Although her primary artist genre is Faith Based Music, she is an extraordinary jazz vocalist who was also classically trained throughout her childhood years. Silivea Johnson has opened for major artists such as Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick to name a few.

Shortly after graduating from college, Silivea recorded and toured as lead vocalist with Billboard Award winning Jazz Trumpeter Tom Browne. With Browne, Silvea graced various world-renowned jazz venues such as “Blues Alley”, (Georgetown), as well as “Sound Of

Brazil” (SOB’s), and “The Blue Note” in New York City. She also performed live on the 90’s popular musical television series by Black Entertainment Television Network called BET’s Jazz Central, hosted then by the late Lou Rawls. Silivea has also performed live in concert on New York City’s top Urban Radio station WBLS F.M.

Whether on the air, behind the piano, soundboard console, or at the microphone Silivea uses her platform to bridge generational gaps through music.

Born in New York and reared in North Carolina, Teddy Burgh started playing flute in junior high school. There was no money for private lessons, so Burgh diligently studied his band music and supplemented his appetite by learning to play along with songs on the radio. Jazz, blues, marches, R&B, soul, and gospel music filled the Burgh house and influenced his musical development. He furthered his studies at Hampton University. After graduation, Burgh found that most bands wanted him to play saxes in addition to flute, so he worked to develop his skills on these woodwinds as well. Burgh is grateful to have shared the stage with artists such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Joe Chambers, Kathy Sledge, Yolanda Adams, The Manhattans, Tom Browne, and Ray Charles. In addition to being a Professor, Burgh is an active performer and composer. He also currently performs with the FROG Project, Mangroove, The Port City All-Stars, Vermillion Sands, and other local groups. He and fellow musician and songwriting partner Terry Thompson have recently formed 2 Nice Guys Music Productions

Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.