5 years without Whitney: Celebrate the life and extraordinary music of legendary diva Whitney Houston with this special performance of her greatest hits by two powerhouse New York City vocalists: Alice Tan Ridley and Ayanna Irish. Accompanied by a full band, Ridley and Irish will belt out Houston's most beloved tunes, from pop hits likes "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," to ballads that defined a generation: like "The Greatest Love of All" and - of course - "I Will Always Love You." This song-filled tribute to one of pop's greatest stars will be an evening to remember!
Review: "Alice Tan Ridley and Ayanna Irish WOW at Whitney Houston tribute" -AXS
Alice Tan Ridley is known as the New York City Subway Idol & "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist. She's been featured in The New York Times, The Oprah Whinfrey Show, The View, TIME magazine, New York Post, New York Daily News and many other publications. In just a few short minutes on America’s Got Talent, Alice boldly made herself known to the world when her phenomenal rendition of the Etta James classic, “At Last”, wowed the judges, blew away the audience, and caused the entire nation to take notice. Ridley’s raw power and charm immediately resonated with the judges, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. For many, this was their first exposure to Alice’s gifted abilities, despite her many years of experience as a singer. Millions of fans around the world viewed her performances on YouTube. Such a captivating performer could only go unnoticed by the masses for so long by staying underground. Alice was one of New York City’s best-kept secrets: a jewel kept hidden deep below the city in the subway platforms. For over 20 years, she supported her family with the money she earned by busking. Last September, at the age of 63, Ridley released her debut album "Never Lost My Way". Her story inspires many that it is never too late.
Ayanna Irish toured with Patti Labelle after the legendary soul artist discovered Ayanna's demo recording of "If Only You Knew." While on tour, Patti Labelle shared her spotlight with Ayanna during the performance of this song, and introduced her as "the future of music." Ayanna performed for Season 2 of the hit TV show "Oh Sit". She has also performed at The Staples Center for George Lopez's Haiti Charity Concert and opened for artists Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, Rod Stewart and Ricky Martin at the Walmart Shareholder's Concert in Arkansas, musically directed by Emmy Award winner, Katreese Barnes.