Toledo favorites Tracy, House of Adonis create national waves at ApolloWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The House of Adonis Dance Organization and R&B sensation Tracy are worth their weight in gold. These unique acts have expanded their minds beyond the limits of Toledo and are taking the necessary steps to create a nationwide brand.
Beginning in 1995 as a constructive outlet for youth, the House of Adonis is becoming a household name. They are becoming a fixture on television, having been televised on FOX Toledo, WTOL 11 BET’s 106 & Park’s Wild Out Wednesday, and plenty more. Program Coordinator Shawanda Johnson demands excellence, and the integrity of the House is not to be questioned or compromised. But when the potential to make history is on the line, why would it be?
Another familiar face is that of Toledo singer Tracy, who began in a group of five, and since branching out on his own has created a signature look, sound and craftsmanship. From writing and producing his own music, to hearing his songs on the radio, Tracy’s star is only beginning to shine. That is not to say he hasn’t had success; he has been featured on “Toledo Idol,” is in demand as a producer and artist on several musicians’ projects, including rap legend Too Short, and has performed all across Ohio and the Midwest. Tracy cannot walk through any public area without someone recognizing him and, if they’re not intimidated, asking for a picture or a conversation. All of this, and there is not an arrogant bone in Tracy’s body. When asked what is most important to him, a record deal or being rich, he said, “making sure my two daughters are taken care of.”
New York is roughly nine hours from Toledo, yet sadly many have only dreamt about the bright lights and fast-paced city. But the House of Adonis and Tracy not only made the dream of going to New York a reality, they went and made their mark.
House of Adonis has been to the Big Apple several times, first appearing on 106 & Park’s Wild Out Wednesday, and again April 11 to audition for the world famous Apollo in Harlem, where they were selected for competition, and will go back to fight for first place May 26.
After being selected for the second round of competition for comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey’s Radio Star contest, Tracy headed to New York for the Apollo as well, and though he does not have a set date as to when he will be competing, the outlook is as bright as the sun in the middle of August.
Every year, Steve Harvey hosts the Hoodie Awards in Los Angeles, recognizing outstanding urban businesses, and gives an unsigned R&B artist the chance to perform at the venue. The competition is fierce, but Tracy has made it to the second round, singing acapella and impressing the judge, and enough people to vote him to the next level. If he wins, not only will he be performing for an audience of prominent businesspeople, he will receive $10,000 and a record deal with Island Def Jam. That being said, when the next round of competition begins, Toledo must come together to support our talent.
Besides from watching the House of Adonis on the Apollo, they have other performances coming up. Friday, April 23rd, they are special guests at University of Toledo’s Dance Team Concert, and will be heading back to New York May 29th to compete for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Worldwide Tour. Tracy has two upcoming shows; Friday in Findlay and Saturday in Sandusky, opening up for platinum artist Lil’ Flip. But the most important thing to Tracy and the House is making sure they never forget from where they come.
The House of Adonis is more than a group of dancers. They distribute books, clothing, offer social services, and anything else they can do to make sure Toledoans have things a little bit easier.
It is often said that there is nothing to do in Toledo, and if that is truly the case, these two powerhouses have found the alternative- making their mark in Lucas County, then expanding fearlessly. From community services to making remarkable talent look effortless, Shawnada, Will, Matthew, Montre and the other members of House of Adonis, and the one-man band Tracy are names no one will, or want, to forget.