Bostic makes debut at ‘A Night at Birdland’

Bostic in great a mood as she prepares to attend the band recital for A Night at Birdland. Photo courtesy Rae’kwan Bostic

The campus has yet to meet the lead vocalist of the FAMU Jazz Ensemble and that’s about to change.

Rae’Kwan Bostic, a sophomore music industry student from Atlanta, transferred to Floria Agricultural and Mechanical University in the fall after starting at Tallahassee Community College.

“I want to sing for the rest of my life,” Bostic said. “I am more excited than nervous.”

Bostic will be front and center when the jazz ensemble debuts “A Night at Birdland” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Foster Tanner band room. Bostic will be performing one selection at the concert. The concert is being directed by Robert Griffin and features the band in a symphonic setting.

“We are thrilled to have the talented Ms. Bostic on stage at “A Night in Birdland,” Griffin said. “All of our musicians have been practicing tirelessly and we look forward to putting on a show for the crowd.”

Bostic will lead her program with the selection title “God Bless the Child.” Bostic also has one album and two singles released on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

“Going to jazz band rehearsal to sing or going to my vocal lessons are probably my favorite things to do,” Bostic said. “Yes, I am a great singer, but I still must work on elements such as stage presence, mic technique and just not to be nervous. I am thankful to be learning because that is what I came here to do.”

Bostic likes to look up, as many performances of a song, to help better her training. YouTube has helped her improve her vocals as well as improvising. She also uses her mornings to sing in the practice rooms.

“I am looking forward to hearing her amazing voice,” sophomore Lisa Richardson said. “My parents are both musicians and jazz is a really big part of my family.”

More information about Rae’Kwan Bostic can be found searching her musician title Rae’Kwan Era.