After wowing audiences around South Africa, Cape Town-born singing sensation Fagrie Isaacs is ready to show Johannesburg audiences at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City why he is known as one of the best revered Luther Vandross tribute acts.
“The show brings to life some of Luther’s greatest hits, including fan favourites such as Never Too Much, Always and Forever, Dance with my Father, Power of Love, Evergreen and many more.
“We will be taking audiences on a musical journey like no other in true Luther Vandross fashion. Because I have been a fan for many years, I can’t wait to share my vision of the Luther Vandross experience with the audience,” says Isaacs who will be performing on December 30 in the City of Gold.
With almost 36 years of experience entertaining audiences across the world, Isaacs (41) who was born and raised in Strandfontein, kicked off the show, Here and Now, in Cape Town.
Due to the popular demand from his supportive fans in SA as well as his incredible stage presence and soulful voice, Isaacs has chosen to kick off the National Tour this December in Johannesburg.
“I have the pleasure of bringing the very talented Andrea Fortuin, Anslin Gysman, Jade Engelbrecht and Samantha Hendricks as well as my amazing band, along with me,” he added, saying that the Johannesburg concert held a special place in his heart.
“I have many (social media) followers from across the country, and I have had the pleasure of performing in most of the country over the last year, but my beautiful people in Johannesburg have yet to see me perform live.
“In my line of work, I do not have many firsts left to experience, but I am so happy to say that this will be a first for me. It will also be the first for the Johannesburg audiences whose support has been amazing since I started on this journey,” he said.
Isaacs’ love for Vandross was instilled in childhood, “I was sleeping over at my uncle’s place and my cousin came home with a new CD that he had purchased, he immediately played Impossible Dream and I remember it made me feel something that no other song has ever done. I was not sure whether it was the silky tone that he projected or the magical arrangement of the music but something about that had touched my soul and it has never left until this day. That CD was on repeat for many months thereafter,” he reminisces.
Isaacs started his onstage journey at the age of six when he was the lead vocalist for his school choir. He later joined the popular Cape Town boy band, The Boyz, and was their lead singer for many years, before honing his skills as a Luther Vandross tribute act.
“I love the fact that so many people share the same love for this amazing artist with me. People often come to me after the show and will say things like; ‘Luther is smiling down on you, you did him proud. You sound just like Luther. When I close my eyes, I swear I’m listening to Luther himself’, I find it very rewarding that the audience feels that I can do justice to the icon that was Luther Vandross,” he said.
Venue: The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City
Dates: 30th December 2023
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