Sacramento artist performs album about domestic violence for musical fundraiser


Ryan Lorenz

The “Domestic Disturbance” concept album fundraiser occurred on Friday and involved Sacramento singer Carla Fleming. Fleming performed songs from her album, which carried strong themes revolving around domestic violence.

A Sacramento singer performed her concept album, “Domestic Disturbance” in the Black Box Theatre on Friday as part of a campus fundraiser.

The show was put together by Music Professor Omari Tau and Theatre Arts Professor Martin Flynn to raise funds for a new musical that will be produced on campus this summer. Singer and songwriter Carla Fleming, producer Joe Archie and her backup singers put on an emotional and interactive show in Fleming’s hometown.

“There is no greater feeling than having your own hometown people show up for you,” Fleming said.

The performance consisted of a projection of the “Domestic Disturbance” album cover as a background. Fleming and her vocals were up front and center with a light shining down on her through the darkened theater.

“The concept album was written originally 15 years ago,” Fleming said. “Joe and I rewrote the album and it started as a song in honor of a friend who lost her life to domestic violence. When we started writing, it was just that there was so much more that needed to be said.”

Thirteen songs were performed from the album, including one that invited audience members to sing as well. The audience chanted for an encore in which Fleming responded by singing a bonus song. The song Fleming sang was “Rise Again,” which she called her theme song.

Archie said that as Fleming and him were adding monologues and scratching songs off of the original album, more ideas kept coming into their heads.

One of those ideas was to turn the album into a show.

Archie went to high school with Sacramento local playwright Anthony D’Juan who recently directed the play “3: Black Girl Blues” at the Sofia Theater last June. D’Juan agreed to do the show for “Domestic Disturbance” due to his love for R&B, but also because of the story that the album told.

“The whole album told the story of dealing with domestic abuse,” D’Juan said. “Not only the domestic abuse, but the seduction of it’s the beginning, the middle where everything is bad and then the tragedy and then trying to get past it.”

Tau and Flynn were interested in bringing community artists to Cosumnes River College.

“The partnership began with the director, who approached me about a special project,” Tau said. “We always want to partner with the community because we are a community college and we are in the art, so it’s always important to connect and also to build the art form itself, which this does by creating new work.”

It was a sellout with just over 70 seats sold and a little over $1,600 were made through ticket sales, said Adjunct Theatre Arts Professor Ryan Perez Adame.

Flynn said the “Domestic Disturbance” musical will be performed at CRC this summer.