Avant Tapped For Mary J. Blige Tour, Talks Live Set

Cleveland singer Avant has been lighting up the urban charts with his debut single "Separated," and on August 8 he will head out on the road to open for Mary J. Blige and Jagged Edge.

Even though the success of "Separated" has helped push sales of his new album, "My Thoughts," over the 230,000 mark in eight weeks, Avant told MTV Radio that he's looking forward to the immediate gratification of performing live.

"The response from the crowd, there's nothing like that," Avant said. "You're writing your own material, and someone's appreciating what you do. You know, a lot of people say, 'Don't you get tired of playing show after show?' Yes, you're tired, but once you hear that roar of the crowd, because they love what you put on paper and what came out of your mind, it's a booster, baby. You'll be ready to go."

Look for some friendly competition to emerge between the supporting acts during the Mary J. Blige tour, as Jagged Edge's current single, "Let's

Get Married," has just displaced "Separated" from the top of the Urban radio chart, according to "R&R."

  • 8/8 - Kansas City, MO @ Municipal Auditorium
  • 8/9 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
  • 8/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
  • 8/12 - Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
  • 8/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Center
  • 8/15 - Jackson, MS @ Mississippi Coliseum
  • 8/16 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajun Dome
  • 8/18 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
  • 8/19 - Dallas, TX @ Coca-Cola Starplex
  • 8/20 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Wood
  • 8/23 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theater
  • 8/24 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theater
  • 8/25 - Temecula, CA @ Pechaga Entertainment
  • 8/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
  • 8/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheater