Vannessa Jordan is a passionate advocate and connoisseur of all things R&B, working as the president and CEO of the National R&B Music Society Inc. and dedicating herself to the preservation of the music genre with plans to build a national R&B museum in Atlantic City.
Jordan’s love of R&B began when she was a teenager. Her immersion into the R&B world led her to meeting her now former husband Lewis “Sonny” Bey of the group Blue Magic and the Stylistics. The marriage has further cultivated Jordan’s love of R&B and exposed her to innumerable artists and professionals in the industry.
The National R&B Music Society Inc. is 7 years old and represented by 150 artists. The organization is responsible for booking R&B acts to perform at various events in Atlantic City and making the music available to the community by way of free summer concerts and opportunities to see the acts perform. Jordan states that the museum was built to preserve and promote the rich legacy of R&B.
Vannessa Jordan is passionate about R&B music and the stars, producers and legends surrounding the genre and wishes for others to share in her passion envisioning a museum in Atlantic City which she views as the cultural hub of R&B. Music legends such as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder all famously performed in Atlantic City throughout their careers. Jordan envisions the museum benefiting Atlantic City as a whole, specifically, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Jordan’s passion for R&B and the creation of the museum has spurred others on to elicit their support for the project. Several artists have offered to donate items and services to the future museum. Jordan’s plans for the museum includes six record label exhibits in the honoring Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Brunswick and various independent labels. The museum would pay tribute to anyone who has contributed to the culture of R&B including musicians, producers and TV personalities.
Vannessa Jordan is a true visionary; her plans for a museum would have a ripple effect benefiting Atlantic City and surrounding museums dedicated to the preservation of black history. Additionally, Jordan’s vision for a museum truly supports the National Rhythm and Blues Music Society’s mission to “empower and engage people, through development, educational and preservation of R&B/ Soul music inclusive of education and preservation of the artist/ celebrities, and music entities of the past.”
The museum currently does not currently have enough funding, so Jordan has enlisted all people in support of the project to sign a petition. She has presented the blueprint and plans to the CRDA and hopes to see this dream come to life soon.
The National R&B Music Society is hosting a red carpet, black tie-optional New Year’s Eve R&B Fest on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. Celebrate to the music of the Grooveyard Dawgs Orchestra, Ray Goodman & Brown, The Moments, William Hart’s Delfonics, Black Ivory, Soul Generation featuring Cliff Perkins, and The Intruders. For tickets and information, please click here, or contact the theatre box office at (570) 420-2808. To learn more about the museum project visit the Press of Atlantic City’s website. To receive news and updates about the National R&B Music Society and museum project, follow the organization or Vannessa Jordan on Facebook.
In recent years, The National Rhythm and Blues Music Society has honored legendary R&B contributors at an annual Black Tie Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. The 2015 event was held on September 13th, 2015, and honored R&B artists Little Anthony, Millie Jackson, Michael Henderson, Kathy Sledge, James D-Train Williams and Regina Belle, along with celebrity DJs Tom Moulton and Felix Hernandez.[contact-form-7 id=”4″ title=”Contact form 1″]