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Wednesday, the REO Town venue hosts Divinity Roxx, a bassist with credentials ranging from Victor Wooten’s opener to Beyoncé’s touring bass player and assistant musical director. In addition to her performance, Roxx will participate in a free pre-show Q&A session hosted by All of the Above hip-hop academy.
Roxx, 41, said she began her journey with music as a kid, when her mother would play records around the house.
“I always had an early relationship with music and what it can bring to a household,” Roxx said. “It always made the house feel joyful and fun. Music has always been an intricate part of my life.”
She began singing in the school choir and playing the clarinet in third grade. But it wasn’t until she began college at UC Berkeley that she discovered her love for the bass.
“I always say the bass chose me,” Roxx said. “I was hanging out with some friends in college, and I mentioned to a friend of mine that I wanted to play something, because I hadn’t played an instrument in a long time. He mentioned the bass. He said, ‘You walk like a bass player and talk like a bass player.’ I didn’t know what that meant, but I didn’t care. I went out and bought a bass and fell in love with it.”
Still a student, Roxx went on to attend a bass camp under the guidance of bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy winner and bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Three months after the camp, Wooten called and asked her to join him on tour as his opening act.
“I’m always striving for something bigger, better and more amazing,” Roxx said. “During my time with Victor Wooten, who is probably one of the best bass players in the world, I thought that was the most amazing thing that could ever happen to me.”
But then her career hit another level.
“Then I auditioned for Beyoncé’s band, and I got the gig, and I thought that was the most amazing thing that could happen,” Roxx said. “Then I toured the world with her, and I played at the White House for President Barack Obama. I have played in front of thousands and thousands and thousands of people, and I thought that was the most incredible thing that could happen. I’ve been so blessed, hopefully I can be a blessing to others in some way.”
Roxx has now moved on to her own solo, cross-country tour, the Dream Work Tour.
“I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned is that you’ve got to take your fate into your own hands and do what it is that you want to do,” Roxx said. “Touring with Beyoncé was the most amazing thing, but there was still something that I needed to do for myself as an artist. Doing my solo thing is giving me the opportunity to do that and to keep spreading this message of love.”
Roxx said she has a simple wish for listeners of her music, whether they catch her live or pick up her latest album, “ImPossible.”
“I want people to feel good,” Roxx said. “I named this album ‘ImPossible,’ because when you look at the word ‘impossible,’ the words ‘I’m possible’ are staring you in the face. I always want people to feel uplifted after they listen to my music and feel like they can do anything, be anything and accomplish anything.”
Divinity Roxx 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 Tickets start at $15/$10 adv. Robin Theatre 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing (989) 878-1810, therobintheatre.com
Pre-show Q&A 7 p.m Wednesday, June 14
FREE Riverview Church REO TOwn Venue 1115 S. Washington Ave., Lansing alloftheabovehiphop.org alloftheabovehiphi