FLINT, Michigan — Cherisse Bradley was born into a life of singing and dancing. Her voice took her from coast to coast, performing with some of the best in the business.
But, it wasn’t until 2013 that Bradley truly found her voice, sharing publicly her own story of sexual abuse and survival. Encouraged by a friend, she took an unconventional approach to healing — turning her pain into art with what is now an annual “I Found My Voice” event honoring survivors of sexual and domestic violence through a night of powerful music, dance and healing.
“I wanted to take back my power and create something for myself,” she says.
The show brought the sounds of Aretha Franklin, MC Lyte, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner to the Capitol Theatre Sept. 28, 2019. It included top tier performers including Flint native and “American Idol” contestant LaKisha Jones, “The Voice” finalist Kimberly Nichole, and local legend Mama Sol. Bradley is shown above during her performance. Here's a look at more of the evening's performances.
To read more about Bradley's inspiration for the show, check out this Flintside preview of the performance
Presented by Cherisse Bradley, 'I Found My Voice' moved this year to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint.
Pierre Anthony hails from Detroit and is working on his self-titled freshman album, which features a song titled, "I'm from Motor City."
LaKisha Jones is a Flint native known for powerhouse performances.Harold Green is a performer based in Chicago who is also a poet and author.Kimberly Nicole performed on season 8 of "The Voice." Flint native LaKisha Jones gained fame on the sixth season of "American Idol." 'I Found My Voice" is a tribute to survivors of sexual assault. It returned for a fifth year on Sept. 28, 2018. Harold Green is a performer based in Chicago who is also a poet and author.
Mama Sol is a poet, teacher, performer, and artist. A Flint native, her most recent album is "Inside Out."