Nesby plays Dolores, Justina's abused mother. Brianna Moreland, who was Chris Rock's wife in the comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting" earlier this year, plays Justina, and William Jackson, who has appeared on Tyler Perry's TV show "For Better or Worse," is Justina's husband, Sebastian.
Playwright Donald Gray directs the show, which is another thing about it that appealed to Nesby. "I've known him throughout the years, and we've always wanted to work together."
Nesby is no stranger to the stage, and not just as a singer. Before she joined Sounds of Blackness, Nesby appeared in Worth Gardner and Donald Lawrence's "Sing Hallelujah," both in its premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1986 and during it's off-Broadway run.
Among her other theater credits, she appeared in Tyler Perry's first major theatrical production, "I Know I've Been Changed," from 1998 to 2000 and toured with a cast including Morris Chestnut and Destiny Child's Michelle Williams, in David E. Talbert's "What My Husband Doesn't Know."
Theater, Nesby said, is the best of both worlds for her.
"Theater and music have always been a part of my life. I did school theater from elementary school through high school, and I was singing in the family church since age 4.
"I come from a very musically-inclined family," she noted. "My father is a Baptist pastor and has been pastoring a church for 40 years. My mother is a missionary and is also a great theatrical and musical person. It's on both sides, a tradition in my family."
The tradition has spread to other generations, too. Nesby's daughter, Jamecia Bennett, was part of Sounds of Blackness, and her granddaughter, Paris Bennett, finished fifth on the fifth season of "American Idol."
Gathering and singing with family is one of Nesby's favorite parts of the holiday season, and perhaps this year, they'll add a new song to their repertoire: Nesby's newly-released single,"Holiday Love."
That's just some of the new music she has for fans. In January, she'll release a new, as-yet-untitled album on her new label, Arrow Records.
"It's inspirational," she said. "It's R&B-based, but I always have at least two or three gospel-based songs on R&B projects because it's who I am, and it's important to connect with a fan base you've already established."
After "Battered but not Broken," she may have some new members in that fan base.
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