Recording artist Apropos returns to the Willis Show Bar on Thursday

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Detroit recording artist Apropos will have his first live performance since the pandemic began at the Willis Show Bar on Thursday, the same venue where he met legendary Detroit-born singer-songwriter Allee Willis.

Willis co-wrote “September” and “Boogie Wonderland” for Earth, Wind & Fire, and “What Did I Do To Deserve This?” by the Pet Shop Boys. She is also a Grammy, Tony Award and Emmy winner.

Before his death in 2019, Willis mentored Apropos which “changed the trajectory of my career,” says the young artist. It was during their recording sessions that he honed his skills as a songwriter and continued to elevate his musical journey, he says.

“…If I could take Otis Redding and mix him with Marvin Gaye, add a lot of contemporary R&B, hip hop and funk, that would be Apropos,” Allee Willis said in a social media post before his death. Beyond the music, they had a very close friendship and that’s why it means so much to Apropos to perform at the Willis Show Bar on Thursday night.

“Every time I walk through those doors, I think of Allee Willis,” he says. His memory of her is what fuels his fire to perform Thursday night and he intends to make her proud.

“I’m just planning on showing up and letting people hear the amazing voices. I’m happy to be back, with everything that’s happened in this world, I’m happy to be back,” says- he.

Like many other musicians, Apropos has had to navigate his musical journey through the global pandemic. Her South by Southwest performance was canceled the same day several states were shut down to avoid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Despite struggling to find musical exposure during the pandemic, he found ways to host live performances, connect with audiences via social media, and perform on the music competition show “The Voice. “.

Although he didn’t make it to the next round, all of the judges were impressed with his skill, including John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani even asked Apropos to return to “The Voice” so the judges could have a second chance to pick him.

He said audiences can expect a good time at his show.

“People can expect an extraordinary show… We have all the originals inspired by Versatility (Apropos album)… as well as a phenomenal band. It’s going to be a great night.”

Apropos is working on new music.

“Very soon I will be releasing four to five songs that were recorded in Saint Martin with Mitchell Graham of Libra House Studios. It’s going to be an amazing project and I still have some Allee Willis tracks and maybe people will see one day,” he says.

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Tickets here.

8 p.m. Thursday

at the Willis Show Bar, 4156 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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