June, it is often noted, is a month of beginnings. Commencements, weddings, the summer season, and the stage debut of actors and artists the world over.

By Nathan James

In New York City, these beginnings have an extra special meaning, because it’s within these five boroughs of variegated humanity, that the arts find their influence upon today’s popular culture. Among the emerging talents that are introducing themselves to the city’s audiences next month, is a bright, vibrant woman whose gifted voice will capture the hearts of all who hear her mellifluous delivery.

Her name is Amaris, and she’s all set to enthrall you on June 16th at the famous Triad Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “This is an important moment for me,” Amaris reflects, “and I’m ready to follow my dreams.” A native New Yorker, Amaris is a classically trained vocalist and dancer, who performed with the Gospel Choir at Howard University, her alma mater. Her voice gives a new dimension to Gospel and R & B, and she will be joined in concert by Steven “Tunes” Anderson, Pamela Ellis, and Charles Thomas. The show’s musical director is journeyman showmaker Jameel McKanstry. The evening of song and celebration is the brainchild of accomplished Broadway veteran and director Lee Truesdale, whose production unit, Truesytunes Entertainment, brought it all together.

“Working with Lee and my co-stars has been an amazing experience,” Amaris observes, “and I have learned so much from Lee.” Her debut at the Triad is the culmination of a lifetime honing her craft, and Lee is enthusiastic about her future. “She is a real joy to listen to,” he says, “and I think people are in for a real treat”. Lee’s long career on stage and as a recording artist have given him a keen eye and ear for talent, which he thinks Amaris has in abundance. “She has a great future, so come on down and see her next month, as she lands at the Triad.” Tickets are $20, with a two-drink minimum, and the doors open at 9 PM. The theater is located at 158 W. 72nd Street, near the 1, 2, or 3 trains, and you van get your tickets by visiting

PHOTO courtesy Lee Truesdale