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Seattle Men's Chorus "Motown and More" show features guests Alexandria J. and Robin Henderson

 Alexandria J. Henderson and Robin Henderson
Seattle Men's Chorus
Alexandria J. Henderson and Robin Henderson

"Motown and More" plays March 18 and 19 at Benaroya Hall. Robin Lloyd talked to Alexandria J. Henderson about the show and about working with her mom, gospel powerhouse Robin Henderson.

Seattle Men's Chorus welcomes guest artists Robin and Alexandria J. Henderson in the production of "Motown and More," the music of the Motown era, including songs that inspired generations of pop, R&B and soul music.

I last spoke with Tacoma-based actress and singer Alexandria J. Henderson when she was appearing as Billie Holiday in the Harlequin production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." She's just recently finished a long run in the Village Theater's "Songs for a New World" in Issaquah and Everett.

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"'Motown and More' is a compilation of different songs from the Motown era," says Henderson. "My mom is doing the majority of the singing and I'm doing some acting. I'm playing the disc jockey, queuing up all of these great Motown songs. I get to sing one song, but the majority of the songs are the Seattle Men's Chorus and my mom, Robin."

There is one word most often used to describe Robin Henderson's performances.

"She is an absolute powerhouse," Henderson says. "I always joke that I have my mom's vibrato, so when I hold notes, I can hear her voice. She is such a dynamic powerhouse, and just to have a little bit of that from her is beautiful."

Mother and daughter have both appeared with the Seattle Men's Chorus in the past, and according to Alexandria, it's always a real treat.

"They are so good!" says Henderson. "And they have choreography that goes with their numbers and they all look so adorable and they're so committed. I've been a choir girl my whole life, it's just lovely to be around another choir singing. It's so good."

Henderson's next performance will be in the new musical "Bruce" at Seattle Rep starting May 27.

Learn more about "Motown and More" and get tickets here.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.