Recording artist Tank electrified Memphis with a sold-out performance Sunday at The New Daisy Theatre.
Billed as the Savage Tour, the R&B veteran crooned two hours worth of familiar tunes in addition to new music from his highly anticipated album “Savage” due for release on September 29.
The singer provided the concept and motivation behind the project in an exclusive phone interview with The New Tri-State Defender.
“This is a collective of the situations that I’ve been through that I consider savage situations,” Tank said. “It’s a step up from the “Sex, Love and Pain II” album. You get a more detailed me.”
While on tour, Tank held auditions via Instagram for local artists to perform for his opening act. His Memphis stop featured local talent Justin Howell from Douglass, who competed with more than 100 artists to earn a chance to perform a 10-minute set.
“I am overwhelmed with so many emotions right now,” said Howell. “Seeing the hundreds of submissions on Instagram from talented artists seeking the same opportunity as me and I received it is beyond humbling. (It’s) definitely reassuring that my hard work and talent won’t go unnoticed. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity.”
The show also featured a special performance from early 2000s R&B teen sensation Sammie. Performing new tracks from his latest project, the artist melted the audience’s hearts with his song, “I Like It.” The single topped the Billboard charts in 2000 and was the start of Sammie’s career at just 12 years old.
Both artists were grateful to Tank, who had the audience around his finger by the end of the concert with personalized autographs as well as with photo ops.
“I swear Memphis has been the best show thus far,” he exclaimed. “I’m already gearing up to come back very soon!”
For additional information on music from Justin Howell, visit J.Howell via Facebook and @JhowellMusic1on Instagram.