Darryl Rhymes Performs Benefit Concert for MLK Jr. Youth Scholarship Fund

Singer Darryl Rhymes

On May 27th at the Crowne Plaza Asheville, singer Darryl Rhymes delivered an “unforgettable” vocal performance in support of the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Scholarship Fund.

The gala raised $3,000 in college scholarship funds, which will be donated to deserving recipients at next year’s MLK Jr. Youth Celebration and Award Ceremony.

“One Moment in Time” showcased Rhymes’s smooth, soulful voice gliding seamlessly through a range of cherished musical numbers. Dedicated to the late Natalie Cole, the performance featured two songs in Italian, which Rhymes executed with ease, and powerful ballads from pop icons like Whitney Houston and Johnny Mathis.

Oralene Simmons, MLK Jr. Association of Asheville Founder and President, expressed gratitude for Rhymes’s “generous donation” and called his singing “unforgettable.” Alan Robinson, an audience member, said Rhymes’ performance was “beautifully executed with great artistic passion… showing his great range and great voice. I was mesmerized by his poise and voice, which reached high notes with ease, and his relaxed quality.” Another attendee, Dr. Liz Colton, said, “Darryl’s singing was just beautiful, gorgeous, and has been with me ever since the night of the concert… I truly loved it.”

The evening ended with a standing ovation for Rhymes’s stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time,” the final chorus of which was an apt message for the scholarship recipients who will benefit most from this event: “When I’m more than I thought I could be, When all my dreams are a heartbeat away… When I’m racing with destiny.”

In addition to working as Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Employment Recruiter at A-B Tech, Rhymes is also Chair of the annual MLK Jr. Association Prayer Breakfast, an MLK Association board member, and Executive Assistant to Association president Oralene Simmons.

Rhymes is tentatively planning to perform again before the end of the year in an appreciation concert at no charge to the community. More information about his forthcoming concert and the MLK Jr. Youth Scholarship Fund will be available online at mlkasheville.org.

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