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Kelly Covington electrifies with Jazz at The Shops

Kelly Covington jazzes up The Shops at Wailea on Wednesday. -- Photo courtesy the artist

World-class singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger Kelly Covington takes the stage from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jazz at The Shops of Wailea.

Covington grew up in Long Island, N.Y. In high school, she was the first African American lead in “Annie Get Your Gun” and traveled the country as a Fisk Jubilee Singer, a world-renowned spiritual a cappella choir from Fisk University in Nashville.

She was a back-up singer who worked with Grammy Award-winning producer and hit maker, Narada Michael Walden, as well as American Idol’s Randy Jackson.

Since arriving on Maui’s shores from Long Island, N.Y. in 1982, Covington has been considered one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets.

Her first CD, “Quiet Mind and Body,” recorded with Johnny Jazz Records in 1997, reflects what became her signature sound.

Covington’s recently released album, “Jazz at the Spa,” is another collaboration with Walden and other Bay Area musicians of music and tunes ideal for vacationers at Hawaii’s resorts and spas. It also includes a crossover track entitled, “I’m Feelin’ Me,” which speaks of island life.

Covington regularly performs with her band, Raw Silk, and continues to broaden her musical chops by delving into R&B, pop, hip-hop, rock and soul while staying true to her jazz roots.

The Shops at Wailea donates 60 percent of the special event parking fees to a local nonprofit agency. September’s recipient is Best Buddies Hawaii, which creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The four-hour special event parking voucher is available for $5 at the designated parking table near the event.