It was earlier this year when Riverdale city officials contacted three-time Grammy Award nominee, and rhythm and blues artist, Angie Stone, to ask if she would co-host the final concert, this year, in the South City Concert Series.
Stone, who has resided in Atlanta for four years now, said she has her heart set on being a pillar in the community these days, and was happy to oblige. “Anytime I can help, I will,” she said. “Everything that I do that revolves around charity –– If my name or my music can help bring attention to people –– I definitely want to channel that.”
This Saturday, at The Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Canter, Stone will take the stage as co-host –– along with performers Howard Hewett and the 911 Band –– to close out the summer series. The Riverdale Town Center is located at 7200 Church Street.
Cie Cie McGhee, the city’s marketing and events specialist, said Stone will co-host along with radio personalities from KISS 104.1 FM.
When searching for an artist to bring the city’s concert series to a close, McGhee said, she didn’t hesitate to reach out to Stone’s representatives. “Angie is known for giving her time to community organizations, and we thought, by inviting her here, it would help spotlight our cultural arts program,” McGhee said. “All proceeds from the concert go toward funding Riverdale’s Cultural Arts Programs.”
Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon said she was elated that Stone, Hewett, and the local 911 Band agreed to participate. “This is just another link to moving Riverdale forward to making the city the Buckhead of the South,” she said.
As for Stone, when asked what she had been up to since her last album, “Unexpected,” hit the music shelves in 2009, she said she has been working on several film projects, and, this year, recorded a gospel single called, “Favor,” which she said did very well in sales.
Stone, who credits her musical ability to God, said when she was a kid, her dream was to do ministry. She later realized that her “ministry” is her music. Because of her celebrity status and musical influence, she said, God has blessed her with the ability to give back.
Stone said she is working on several charitable projects, including starting a foundation that will aid senior citizens; organizing benefit concerts around the country, and for the last three years, she has been raising awareness of diabetes.
“I want to be an advocate for good things, and positive things,” she said. “I want to speak for my people, and uplift my brothers.”
As for the near future, Stone said she will also be performing, next month, as part of the “Black is Beautiful Tour,” for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. “We will actually be giving away scholarships, which I am really excited about,” she said. “It’s important that we support our communities, our colleges, and the school system.”
Events specialist McGhee said that, during her co-hosting stint Saturday, Stone will also sing a few of her favorite songs. Tickets for the concert, she said, will be on sale at the door Saturday, but anyone interested in purchasing tickets, or checking prices, can call (770) 909-5300.