In February 2013, I had the joy and honor of being part of the MPAACT Solo Jams performance series in my hometown, Chicago. I titled the show, A Return to Graceland because I've been in love with Paul Simon's monumental album, Graceland, since childhood. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
The show shaped up beautifully - I got to share the stage with some of my favorite artists, who I happen to have grown up with, in preschool and church and Alyo Children's Dance Theater.
The show went so well, I was offered a spot at the Summer Jams (check out that album when you can!) and we rocked it even bigger and better! It was a magical night - one I hope to recreate on another stage in Chicago soon.
All photos // Shepsu Aakhu