New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Atlantic Records)
BET Networks today announced plans for the upcoming BET Music
Matters "The All of Me Tour" headlined by Homeschool/Atlantic recording artist Estelle. Kicking off February 2, 2012 at Ohio's House of Blues in Cleveland, Estelle
will be joined by special guests Elle Varner, Stacy Barthe and Luke James
on various dates throughout the tour. For complete details and ticket information, please see www.estellemusic.com/tour-dates/.
Among the tour's certain highlights is a February 28th stop at New York's famed Irving Plaza celebrating that day's release of Estelle's massively anticipated new album, "ALL OF ME." The album -- which follows the Grammy Award-winning singer's 2008 US debut, "SHINE" - is the British soul sensation's finest work to date, as evidenced by the hit singles "Break My Heart
(Feat. Rick Ross)" and "Thank You." A companion video for the latter track -- written by Akon and produced by Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis (U2, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I.), Arden "Keyz" Altino, and Akene "The Champ" Dunkley -- recently debuted this week with a joint world premiere broadcast on both BET and Centric. The video is streaming now at Estelle's official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/EstelleOnline.
What's more, Estelle
has also announced plans to perform at the 2012 ESSENCE Music
Festival®, slated for July 6th in New Orleans. The eagerly awaited event will see Estelle
sharing the stage with such icons as Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and Steve Harvey
-- for details and ticket information, please see www.essencemusicfestival.com.
has already begun making appearances on a number of high profile TV programs to herald "ALL OF ME," including a recent visit this week to BET's hit series, The Game. Other recent appearances include VH1's VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TV One's Lexus Presents Verses & Flow, and BET's Black Girls Rock! awards show, which saw Estelle's performance of "Thank You
" hailed by Billboard as one of the event's top 5 moments, noting, "there wasn't a dry eye in the house."
which marked the premiere release from Grammy Award-winner John Legend's Homeschool Records label, in partnership with Atlantic Records -- was without question one of 2008's most compelling releases. Executive Produced by Legend and Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig
Kallman, the album proved Estelle's global breakthrough, fuelled in part by the phenomenal hit single, "American Boy (Feat. Kanye West)."
Here in the US, "American Boy
" has been certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA for digital sales exceeding 2 million. In 2009, the track earned Estelle
her first-ever Grammy Award, just one of many prestigious honors that also includes a BETJ Virtual Award for "Song of the Year," a World Music
Award for "World's Best New R&B Act," an Urban Music
Award for "Best Collaboration," an "O2 Silver
Clef Award" for "Download of the Year," and a pair of MOBO Awards for "Best UK Female" and "Best Song."
For more, please visit www.estellemusic.com, www.HomeschoolEntertainment.com, twitter.com/EstelleDarlings, www.facebook.com/Estelle, www.youtube.com/user/estelleonline, and www.atlanticrecords.com.
Special guests include Elle Varner, Stacy Barthe and Luke James
*all supporting artists performing on various dates*
2 Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues (Cambridge Room)
3 Chicago, ILDouble Door
4 Cincinnati, OHMixx Lounge
6 Kansas City, MOThe Riot Room
8 San Diego, CAAnthology
9 Los Angeles, CAKey Club
10 Oakland, CAThe New Parish
13 Dallas, TXHouse of Blues (Cambridge Room)
14 New Orleans, LAThe Howlin Wolf
15 Houston, TXHouse of Blues (Peacock Room)
16 Austin, TXAntones
18 Birmingham, ALOld Car Heaven
20 Atlanta, GACenterStage
22 Washington, DCThe Birchmere
23 Boston, MARegata Bar - 2 Shows
26 Baltimore, MDSound Stage
28 New York, NYIrving Plaza - Album Release Show
3 Nashville, TNIndulge
5 Philadelphia, PAWorld Café Life