The coronavirus has affected so many. Businesses have been hit especially hard, and unemployment claims went through the roof. The entertainment business was shut down and entertainers were forced to look for work elsewhere.

The Fox Theatre is a staple in Detroit. Countless concerts, entertainment and even political debates. Entertainment venues have been quiet for over a year, and performers have had to try to make ends meet as the music went silent.

“Basically we haven’t worked since the tour canceled which was February of last year,” said musical director Kern Brantley.

A Detroit native, Brantley has performed with some of the best in the business.

“I worked with Lady Gaga for five years, before that I was the music director for Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child for several years,” Brantley said. “Before that, I was musical director for Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige for several years; Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy family.”

When the pandemic hit, Brantley was in China.

“This one felt a little bit more stranger (because) it was a lot more serious,” he said.

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