Shenita Hunt sizzles in holiday concert

UM-trained vocalist, song writer builds on her devoted fan base

D. Kevin McNeir | 9/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Shenita Hunt

Shenita Hunt is making the rounds in South Florida, doing what all entertainers must do before scoring that “big break” — taking gigs at all kinds of more intimate venues and filling the place with her powerful, melodious voice. And from her most recent gig, she’s definitely making the best of it. The thunderous applause that she received following her two sets confirm what many critics have been saying for sometime — Hunt is one of the area’s hidden jewels, waiting for her time to shine.

Last Sunday, she was “shining,” on stage at the American Legion Hall [59th and Biscayne Blvd.] performing some of her most-requested songs, along with several beautifully-written original compositions, including “Are You Ready for Love,” “Soul, Beautiful Soul,” and this writer’s favorite, “Brand New Day.” Hunt collaborates with her business partner/manager, Richard Milhomme, who writes the lyrics. Like Hunt, the band members are all trained musicians — graduates from S. Florida colleges: Allen Paul, keyboard, UM; Justin McCloud, drums, Florida Memorial University; and T.J. Osborn, bass guitar, FIU.

According to Hunt, they are back in the studio working on a CD that will feature more original songs and “a little something extra too.” Perhaps that extra ingredient will be Hunt and her band’s renditions of songs like “On the Radio” (yes, a tribute to the great Donna Summer), “Fly Like an Eagle” — that rock and roll classic first performed by the Steve Miller Band, the emotionally-charged “Breathe,” made famous by Faith Hill and Anita Baker’s timeless hit “Body and Soul” — all songs that Hunt masterfully sang last weekend. Look out for Shenita Hunt — she’s clearly a woman on a mission.

For more information about Hunt and the R&V Band, contact Richard Milhomme (band manager), 305-305-8886.