For Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole, the leads of Voices of Glory, AYO is more than just a catchy name—it has meaning. First, it’s simply a slang term used to greet somebody you know (Hey! How are you?). But second, it is a West African phrase of endearment, meaning “joy and love.” So, for the Voices of Glory their name is a warm, loving way of welcoming you to their show… and the name fits the experience perfectly. After seeing AYO, it could also mean “Fresh, Dynamic and Unique.”
I sat in my seat, anticipating the show, fifteen minutes until the curtain was set to open when, to my surprise, Nadia Cole, the youngest voice of the trio, welcomed the crowd to the show, introduced herself and invited the audience into a Q&A session. Wait, what just happened? For the entertainment industry, that may have been the most unique and down-to-earth approach I’ve seen—as if they just welcomed all of us into their living room to sit and visit. Nadia shared a little bit about their lives together, their music careers and a little bit about the show. But she couldn’t share everything because the show had yet to begin, so we had to wait to find out what else they had in store!
The opening number was an original rendering of the late Taio Cruz hit, “Dynamite,” with its upbeat and bright sound. It was a perfect selection because the show’s name (“AYO”) just happens to be the memorable line in the song. The energy was high, the harmonies were tight and every hand in the audience was waving in the air to the beat—left, right, left, right.
Voices of Glory took turns haring their own renditions of classic tunes like “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Cry Me a River.” They also shared original music that’s on their new album— what a great surprise! The only thing left they needed to have was a little dancing and comedy… but they have that covered too! From the first downbeat to the curtain call, I was awed by the voices, the music, the dancing and the entertainment. I could share so much more about the show but it seems like you’ll need to go experience AYO for yourself!
AYO Starring Voices of Glory performs at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, singing everything from Jazz and Gospel to R&B and Soul. More information (including show schedules) can be found here at http://explorebranson.com/shows/listing/746/ayo-starring-voices-of-glory.