The stage was glowing in blue and purple lighting. The audience members were whispering anxiously for Grammy Award winning producer, Rudy Currence’s arrival.
Blues music played on the sound system, warming everyone up for the live entertainment that was about to start.
Many students sat in attendance for Currence’s music show sponsored by UC Entertainment at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis. Soon enough the clock turned to 8:15 p.m. and the introductions began.
Currence spent a longer time than it should have to arrive at the UW-W.
He had gone through airplane cancelations and lost luggage, enough to make anyone want to go home, but not Currence. He showed up and showed everyone what he was made of.
“Music is still powerful and influences people every day,” Currence said as a kickoff to his set.
Everyone in the audience could feel the emotion of Currence’s singing with his cover of Lil’ John’s Snap your fingers. A song otherwise considered rap that he made into a soulful song.
Currence’s hometown is Rock Hill, South Carolina.
He is not the only singer/songwriter to promote himself or herself on stage, but Currence approached it in a different way. He almost seemed uncomfortable mentioning his social media links.
This is refreshing to what is normally heard. Most of the time there is shameless self-promotion that drones on for five minutes, Currence did not do that. He mentioned every link possible and continued with his set.
There was immediate audience participation as many joined Currence in snapping their fingers to the beat. Currence’s only accompaniment was an electric piano and many were impressed by his skills.
The way he displayed himself and his music anyone could see the professionalism and time it took to get where he is today.
An added bonus; he knew how to speak to his audience members. There was always a sense of personalization to what he said, it was as if he was having a conversation with us individually and as a whole.
Currence transitioned smoothly from one song to the next. If it was a classic like Judy Garland’s Somewhere over the Rainbow the transition was seamless to Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.
He had the entire crowd clapping to Bill Withers’ Lean on Me.
“He has a way of making a song dramatic,” Maria Parks, senior, said. “Songs that are normally up beat, he managed to make sound intense and powerful.”
Currence ended his set with involving the audience once again as he sang about struggles. It was upbeat but also relatable. Everyone was clapping along and was extremely vocal in their appreciation for Currence as he finished.