Of love, spirit and soul
What: Grace Love Benefit Concert
When: 7:00 pm Fri., Feb. 5
Where: Facebook Live
Cost: By donation
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Recently, lauded Pacific Northwest soul singer and current Port Townsend resident and small business owner Grace Love sang a stirring rendition of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while waiting in her car in the ferry line.
And although she was dressed casually in a white T-shirt and wasn’t surrounded with the typical trappings of a live performance—such as a microphone, a stage, a backing band or a studio audience—the acoustics in the TicTok video she posted on Instagram and Facebook were above-average for the setting.
“Birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can’t I?” Love sang, shrugging as if all would be right in the world if she could only solve that particular conundrum.
It’s a question that has come up often since the self-described “multi-disciplinary arts creator” saw her shows and promotions grind to a halt with the advent of a global pandemic. A quick pivot caused the singer to devote more time to Nadine’s Kitchen, where she serves up delicious soul food at pop-up events, catering gigs and for YMCA kid meals.
In a GoFundMe drive to help Love (Asheia Bias) expand Nadine’s Kitchen into a brick-and-mortar space of her own, Jeanette Testu draws attention to her employer’s ability to adapt to the times. She points out that Nadine’s Kitchen has taken many forms throughout the years—from the Jefferson County Farmers Market to being a tenant at Lila’s Kitchen in Port Townsend. She also describes Love as being ethical and hardworking and says listening to her sing while she stirs the soup is a spiritual experience.
A personal message from Love brings home how a person’s life can quickly change, and what she’s doing to ensure she not only survives, but thrives.
“My journey to this part of my life hasn’t been rainbows,” she says. “I made a record last year that I was so proud of and then COVID changed my entire process. I went back to my first love, cooking. Without reliving last year and the reorganization it did on my small business I want to appeal to your good nature. Nadine’s Kitchen started as a dinner and a show, with the concept of getting people together to fellowship with one another even if they’ve just met. We can’t accommodate that right now due to COVID, but I still want to encourage a positive interaction with good food.”
The musician, mother, community builder and chef hopes even more connections will be made Fri., Feb. 5 when a Grace Love Benefit Concert streaming on Facebook Live will also raise funds for the cause and bring her one step closer to peace of mind. Whether you’re in Bellingham or Mount Vernon, Anacortes or Timbuktu, tune in and find out what soul looks and sounds like.
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