So last night we're at Thalia Hall and I'm watching from backstage and Tovi & Pot Liquor are killing the set. She moved into the segment where she started acknowledging the band. She mentioned that she has a songwriter on her team (me), and called me to the stage. *Palms is sweaty, knees weak, arms is heavy*. I stood next to Nycee on the background vocals mic and I had the nervous poots. No one knew! I've never performed for a sold out room of people and it was a big room. The band cues "Bayou", and Tovi gets into it, Nycee is in it, the band is really in it, and I'm all on the ad libs, and the crowd is FEELING the tune. Whaaaaat!? My part on the tune is approaching and Tovi does something she NEVER does. She called me to her place on stage, "Storie, come on up here baby. I want em to hear you from up here!" I swear it was like when Diana Ross called little Michael Jackson to the mic and he lost it. I closed my eyes, cued the band with one raised fist for the breakdown, dropped my fist, Plu Harmon caught it, and for 30 seconds I had a moment. I don't think I've ever been that musically, or spiritually locked in on stage like that EVER. It was such an amazing experience and she shared that with me. With us. When we got back to the green room, she looks at me and says, "You killed that shit!" I said, "Really babe! Because y'all were so damn good!!!" She grabbed me gently by the chin and said, "Hell yeah you did. And no one puts you in a corner. What's it all for and I can't share it with you?" I smiled quite bigly. The truth is you have to be ushered into this. I was given an opportunity not because I'm Bae, but because she believed and TRUSTED me enough to give me a platform that I couldn't get myself. That's the truest of support. That's the makings of this sister. A real showman. I'm so grateful to God for Tovi Khali for allowing her to open a space for me. She deserves eveything coming to her this year. ❤️💛 PS: Tovi Khali & Pot Liquor were AMAZING!!!!!! Thanks D2G for the clip.
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