LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL Cast

Janeta Jackson (Billie Holiday) is delighted to be making her Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte debut as the legendary Lady Day. Since graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Janeta has traveled worldwide sharing her gifts and talents. Her favorite show credits include, SISTER ACT (Deloris Van Cartier), BEEHIVE: THE 60’S MUSICAL (Jasmine), CROWNS (Jeanette) and SHREK: THE MUSICAL (Dragon). She is well recognized for her portrayal of the title role in the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production of MARY POPPINS, for which she earned a Broadway World Award as Best Actress in a Musical. When she’s not on stage, this newlywed enjoys spending time with her family, embarking on new adventures and coaching aspiring performing artists. Janeta would like to dedicate this performance to a very special lady, her late mother, Janice J. Jackson, “Her love is my Gardenia.” Follow Janeta’s journey on Instagram @janetasvoice.

Willis Hickerson, Jr. (Music Director/Jimmy Powers) is a Grammy nominated, Stellar award winning musician and producer. Willis has been blessed to work with such international artists as Earth Wind and Fire, Melba Moore, Narada Michael Walden, Lecresia Campbell, Dorothy Norwood, Shirley Caesar, Daryl Coley,Yolanda Adams, and many others. As the owner and CEO of HIS Productions LLC, Willis has produced numerous CD and video recordings. Willis has served as musical director for several stage plays including THE WIZ, CROWNS, DREAM GIRLS, THE BLACK NATIVITY, and LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL. Willis is currently the Director of Worship and Arts at The Park Church, Charlotte NC. Willis is pleased to have release his Grammy Nominated jazz instrumental recording “Soul Searching” and to have published his first book entitled “I’m Not a Therapist, I’m Just a Guy.”