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Local R&B Singer Talks Opening Whitney Houston's Final Tour

It's not every day that someone calls our office claiming to being the opening act for Whitney Houston's final tour. But it did Monday morning, when Azaryah Davidson, a Houston R&B singer who goes by Azaryah, rang up and said just that.

He's legit; we checked. Azaryah, 36, is a smooth crooner similar to Bilal or Maxwell who espouses a positive, eco-friendly message he calls "Edenic soul." Rocks Off had to call him back Tuesday and take actual notes because our phone-recording jack isn't working, but he says his next project will be out in spring or summer. It's about "love in different ways - relationships and the Earth itself."

Azaryah, "Heart to Soul"

Azaryah, "Heart to Soul"

Azaryah grew up in Beaumont, in the church, and moved to Atlanta in the mid-'90s. From there he joined the company of a theatrical production called Wonderful World that took him all the way to Israel. It was there in the Holy Land that he met Houston and other members of her family.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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