‘Sister Friends’ gather to support Queen of Blues

Thornetta Davis-Anderson, Metro Detroit’s undisputed Queen of Blues, put out a call for her “Sister Friends” to meet her in the studio Sunday to add vocals to “Sister Friend Indeed,” a commanding single that will be on her new CD. Nearly 50 women crowded the studios of United Sound Suite in Detroit for this amazing musical “We Are The World”-type moment.

“I learned to appreciate what it means to not only be a loving and honest woman but a true sister-friend,” Thornetta explained. “This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to females who have performed with, cried with, loved, and supported me through good and bad times.” There were several of Detroit’s most noted chanteuses from various music genres – gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, country and classical alike, and she even invited a few who were simply there for extra finger snapping and toe tapping. “Where a man will take you through some things a sister-friend will help get you through some things,” she preached.

Among the divas in attendance was Ashaki Zeigler, Kymberli Wright, Kimmie Horne, Njai Kai, Deloris Lyons, Sky Covington, Lady Champagne, Diane Mathis, Penny Wells, DaZee Love, Janice Franco, Madisun Leigh and Gisele Caver, to mention a few. Due to the busy schedules of these Metro Detroit musical marvels, many of them, although good friends – sister-friends – had not seen each other in years. After the session, there were celebratory mimosas, lots of laughs, a few tears and special gifts of handmade jewelry for everyone from Thornetta. The CD “Honest Woman” and the song “Sister Friend Indeed” will be released later this year.

That’s one fine bottle of wine

Wine-paired dinners have become quite popular lately and we chanced upon a very cool one last week at Central Kitchen + Bar. Central’s sommelier and general manager, Colin Brown, pulled together an intimate group of wine lovers and foodies to enjoy marvelous grapes from two wine companies that were remarkably teamed with delectable creations from Central’s talented sous chef, Chris Demorrow.

For instance, a venison chop with blueberry gastrique paired with a 2008 Barolo had guests moaning in delight. The two featured wine companies were Bibi Graetz and Roberto Voerzio. The youngest son from the Bibi Graetz family vineyard, Emanuele Graetz, flew in from the Italian region of Tuscany for the occasion. He brought with a nice little bottle of 2009 Colore, which retails for a whopping $800. “There are only three bottles of Colore in Michigan,” Brown said, “and we have one of them for sale at Central Kitchen.” Eight guests attended the dinner, including one from The London Chop House and another from Rochester Chop House. “I host wine dinners at Central Kitchen about once a month,” Brown said. “I enjoy sharing the knowledge of wine. As a certified sommelier, I have the luxury of drinking wine for a living and I want others to experience the pleasures just as well.”

Role Model Dinner supports girls, young women

Never let it be said that Detroiters are not giving, caring people. On Wednesday, more than 400 people gathered at Cobo Center to support Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit organization created to help homeless, high-risk girls and young women. The event, AFG’s 27th annual Role Model Dinner, celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women in the community and the achievements of the young women AFG serves. It was an evening filled with joy, pride and lots of happy tears. Particularly poignant were Diedre Kelly and Jamese Medlock, former residents of the shelter, who are both now living independently. Kelly is working on her associate’s degree, and Medlock will attend Wayne County Community College this spring. Chaired by AVL President/CEO Don Manvel and Barbara Whittaker, president of BW Limited, the event raised more than $225,000.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of The Social Metro. Visit

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