On June 6, the Hereford Entertainment Group, in partnership with the historic Park Theatre, will present the long-awaited return of one of Rhode Island’s most celebrated musical sons – singer, songwriter and producer Jeffrey Osborne.
It’s been six years since Osborne last performed in the Ocean State, and this upcoming concert will mark his Park Theatre debut.
Osborne has proven himself a master at longevity through a career spanning over five decades – first as lead singer of the band L.T.D., with which he recorded the ’70s soul classics "Love Ballad," "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again," "Holding On (When Love is Gone)," "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love" and "Shine On."
Going solo in the ’80s, Osborne soared anew with enduring gemstones such as "I Really Don't Need No Light," "On the Wings of Love," "Stay With Me Tonight," "We're Going All The Way," the duet "Love Power" with Dionne Warwick, "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)" and "Only Human," earning four Grammy Award nominations as a solo artist along the way.
In 2018, Osborne released his first soul music album in 13 years. The critically acclaimed 12-song release, "Worth it All," marked a triumphant return to the genre that catapulted him to international fame. The thoughtfully romantic project explored his 35-plus years of monogamous marriage set to a richly robust and diversified palate of sumptuous soul music. The album featured special guests Gerald Albright on saxophone, Rick Braun on trumpet and included "Work It," co-written by his son, Jeffrey Osborne Jr.
A strict vegan and in the best shape of his life, Osborne still performs over 100 shows a year to legions of fans spanning three generations. His music continues to garner new fans through the work of contemporary singers such as Trey Songs, Rick Ross, Young Buck and others who have extensively sampled his work.
Tickets cost between $65 and $85 and can be purchased at parktheatreri.com. The show begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.