By Darlene Donloe
Will Downing is a survivor.
He’s a survivor in more ways than one. His career has taken a roller coaster route, especially in 2007 when he suffered a medical setback. But that didn’t damper or stop Downing from creating music. With pure determination, commitment and incredible talent he has managed to keep his fans intact for more than 25 years.
Downing, who goes by the moniker the Prince Of Sophisticated Soul, recently steamed up the stage at Club Nokia in Los Angeles with his luscious and sensual vocals.
Donned in a black suit, complemented with a fun-loving personality and dazzling smile, Downing took the stage before an appreciative crowd.
Backed by a four-piece band and two backup singers, he started his more than two hour set with Marvin Gaye’s You Sure Love to Ball and glided into Don’t Talk To Me Like That from his 2002 Sensual Journey CD.
Mixing up his hits with some samples and standards, Downing kept the audience aroused. A master vocalists, Downing broke into A Million Ways To Please A Woman, the fan favorite, I Try, Wishing On A Star, Michael Jackson’s I Can’t Help It, Send For Me, I Go Crazy and more.
A master of witty repartee, in between songs Downing kept the crowd in stitches with personal stories and stories about relationships.
He quipped about how he ‘can break down any woman’ and how ‘for some strange reason women like my black ass.’
Downing is a veteran performer who knows how to work a stage and a crowd. He had the mostly female audience in the palm of his hand.
Last April, Downing released Chocolate Drops, his 18th studio album. The CD, available on Amazon and ITunes.com, has a mix of high-quality vocals, songwriting and production, as well as stimulating interpretative remakes.
Sounding better than ever, Will Downing is one of those tried and true performers who always delivers.
The problem is he’s not around enough!
Will Downing is currently on tour. For information check the website: www.willdowning.com