Prior to her tour, a French music label released This Empty Place record featuring a white woman on the cover. So when she first appeared in concert at the Paris Olympia Hall, many concert goers were shocked to learn she is Black.
“What was the reaction when you showed up?” Colbert asked.
“Quite amazing.” Warwick said. “They were accustomed to seeing this. And there was a collective gasp. I said, ‘Yeah, I ain’t no white woman, I’m black.’”
Even though the cover art confused the audience, the beloved singer was able to smooth everything over with her majestic voice.
“Until they opened my mouth, they didn’t believe that I was who I am,” Warwick recalled. “Actually, until I started singing, then all of a sudden, everybody kind of relaxed and sat back and enjoyed.”
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