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crowd saying, “Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hate with love.” Following rousing applause, singer Jacquita May excites the audience with her tribute to for- mer New Jersey Hall of Fame honoree Whitney Houston. Backed by Burtnik and the Hall of Fame band, May sings Hous- ton’s 1985 #1 single, “How Will I Know,” expertly accompanied by Reagan Richards and Khadijah Mohammed on background vo- cals. As the ensemble performs, NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 audience members can be seen and heard dancing in their seats and singing along with these tal- ented musicians! Steven Van Zandt takes the stage to induct fellow musician Tommy James. Van Zandt ex- plains that he is impressed by three things about Tommy. First is “his craft,” which Van Zandt describes as James’ exceptional songwriting abilities. Next up is “his voice,” about which Steven exclaims, “The simple fact is he is one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 16