Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Shanti Das recently celebrated 25 years in the music industry during the June edition of “ATL Live on the Park.” The event was hosted by Das’ friends and family and included special performances by emerging and seasoned artists Benjamin Brim, The YRS, and Pepsi’s Artist of the Month, Vivian Green. The evening also concluded with surprise performances by hip hop legends Too Short and Kwame and was sponsored by Gentleman Jack, Pepsi, ChooseATL, MAJIC 107.5 and Boom 102.9.
Before the evening started, event host Ed Lover paid a tribute to Muhammad Ali and the victims of the Orlando mass shooting with a moment of silence. Soon after, new artists Benjamin Brim and The YRS opened the show. The YRS was immediately coined as the next big ‘Boy Band’ as their vocals were reminiscent to band group One Direction. This was also the group’s debut performance to a live crowd.
Following their performance, Shanti’s closest friends, clients and music family including Usher, Donell Jones, T.I., Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast, Sway Calloway and more paid homage to Das for her 25 years in the entertainment industry. After the video presentation, event hosts Devyne Stephens, Kawan ‘KP’ Prather, Dee Dee Hibbler, Phillana Williams, DJ Eddie F, Councilmembers Ceasar C. Mitchell and Kwanza Hall presented Das with an award commemorating her success in the industry. The group accredited Das as the driving force behind establishing the hip hop industry in the south.
Immediately following the presentation, the Pepsi Artist of the Month, Vivian Green, set the stage on fire with live renditions of her songs “Fanatic,” “Work” and “Get Right Back To My Baby.” During her performance Green paused to pay tribute to Shanti Das for her assistance in launching her career. “Shanti was the product manager for my first two albums…She was there for me at my first photoshoot. Shanti took care of me and made sure no one took advantage of me… so thank you.” Following the heartfelt thanks, Green performed fan favorites Emotional “Rollercoaster” and “Gotta Go Gotta Leave.”
Notables guest in attendance of last night’s performances included, but were not limited to: Dorien Wilson, Terri J. Vaughn, Kirk Frost, Karyn Greer, Big Gipp, Chaka Zula, Bone Crusher, J. Carter, Nicole Garner, Greg Street, Chrystale Wilson, Lil John Roberts and more!
The season continues with the July edition of ATL Live on the Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The official line up will be released next month. The July edition will include American soul singer and actress on FOX hit television series “Empire,” V. Bozeman.