Mary Wilson: Still Soulfully Supreme

Motown Legend Dazzling at D.C.'s Blues Alley

Mary Wilson, one of the three founding members of the legendary Supremes, brought her own magic to the District in a one-woman performance that concludes with two evening shows on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the historic Blues Alley in Georgetown.

Wilson reminds that despite turning 73 next month, she continues to love the job she’s had since her teen years – “singing because it makes people happy.”

Wilson looked wonderful in a sequined purple gown when I caught her on Saturday evening, playing to the audience like the seasoned veteran that she is. And while she says she used to do “the oohs and aahs,” she captured our attention with her powerful yet sultry voice.

“This show is about me — my life, the music that has moved me,” she said.

After each song, Wilson chatted with the audience, even moving about the quaint supper club and inviting some fans to join her on the mic.

Her songs were a combination of jazz, Latin, blues, pop and R&B. And of course, she took us down memory lane with several Motown medleys of the hits that catapulted the Supremes to stardom.

Truth to be told, I wanted to see Mary Wilson more than hear her — eager to be reminded of the many memorable moments of my childhood in Detroit — the place where Motown was born.

But Wilson brought her A-game. And she sang her way into my heart.

Mary Wilson had me in the palm of her hand. Yes, she’s still soulfully supreme.


About D. Kevin McNeir – Washington Informer Editor 293 Articles

Kevin, an award-winning veteran journalist, book editor and educator, is the editor for The Washington Informer where he displays a keen insight for political news, editorial development and lifestyle features. A staunch Wolverine, the Detroit native left a promising career at IBM to pursue his passion for writing under the tutelage of the late Sam Logan, founding publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. His journey has continued to press rooms in Grand Rapids, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and currently Washington, D.C. With two master's degrees from Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he finds great joy in his children and grandchildren and is completing his first book, "Growing up Motown" which chronicles his childhood memories with legends like Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Gladys Knight, Berry Gordy and the Jackson Five.

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