Nao will bring her 'wonky-funk' to Detroit's Majestic Theatre

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The future is Nao.

The 31-year-old soul singer spent her early years idolizing the likes of Missy Elliott and Brandy, as well as Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin for her transition from gospel choir singer to Queen of Soul. This diverse range of influences bleeds through into the East London singer’s sophomore release, 2018’s Saturn. Nao’s breathy falsetto dips and dives through tales of heartbreak and forgiveness — take the album’s lead single, "Make it Out Alive," which sounds like its taking cues from Brandy and Monica’s R&B territorial banger, “The Boy is Mine.” We think that Nao is definitely on the right track. Xavier Omar is also on the bill.

Nao will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Majestic Theatre; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700;; Tickets are $25-$30.

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