Soul man: Redding’s son to perform on island
The son of the singer dubbed “the King of Soul” is to perform in Bermuda next week.
Otis Redding III, son of Otis Redding, will share the stage with Bermuda's Wall Street Band at a concert in Hamilton.
Robert Atwood, director of the Wall Street Band, said: “You can expect his father's classic hits and some songs that people might not know that his father wrote but didn't sing.”
Redding joined the Bermudian band when he came to the island last month for rehearsal sessions that vocalist Chandra Maybury said were relaxed and “down-to-earth”.
She added: “He was fun, laughing and joking around — he has added his own twist, with musical arrangements different to his dad's. He still has that same spirit.”
Dino Richie, a guitarist with the band, said: “Playing with Otis has to be the most exciting musical event for a local band — we're honoured and excited to be part of the show.”
Richie added: “Otis was great to work with, and has made some nice music that Robert has emphasised by creating some beautiful musical arrangements.”
Redding will perform next Thursday at the Earl Cameron Theatre in Hamilton City Hall, backed by the Wall Street Band and with music from Bermudian entertainers Olivia Hamilton, Vance Goater and Sounds of Sweetness.
Otis Redding shot to international fame with classics such as Respect and (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.
He was aged only 26 when he died in a plane crash in 1967.
His son, now 55, has forged his own career as a singer and helped keep his father's musical legacy alive.
Danilee Trott, the chief operating officer of promoters Savvy Entertainment, said the night was expected to launch a series where classic performers were brought to the island.
She added: “We really wanted to bring that old-school soul. We took a step back, looking at that generation as a target audience.”
Savvy Entertainment has worked with Otis Redding III in the United States and Ms Trott said the singer “loved the idea” of being the debut artist for the series.
She said Redding's music captured a time when “words to a song really meant something”.
Goater had grown up with five brothers singing music from the 1960s and 1970s, including the senior Redding, James Brown, the Jackson 5 and the Temptations.
He said: “Otis Redding was one of my favourites. There are some songs that only he can sing.
“We'll be doing songs of that time and some that will be a bit of a surprise. A lot of preparation has gone into the show. I want to give the best I can do.”
Goater also wants to show that island artists have the talent to perform alongside international stars.
He said: “When it comes to that music, I want to be like a stepping stone for the ones coming behind.”
• The doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start time. Tickets are $75 from ptix.bm