One never knows what surprising moments await while shopping in one of America’s largest retail stores.
Cassandra Turner Nelson found herself strolling through the aisles of the Walmart Supercenter in Alpharetta, Georgia when an unfamiliar shopper approached her. Unbeknownst to Cassandra, she had been humming a song until he called her attention.
Donnell Cross, seeking a little amusement, overheard Cassandra’s humming and decided to have some fun. Turning to his friend, he playfully declared, “I’m going to go over there and mess with this lady.”
Curious yet skeptical, Cassandra patiently engaged in conversation as Donnell struck up a discussion about singing. He then asked if she was familiar with the song “If This World Were Mine” by Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn. Confirming her knowledge of the song, Cassandra unknowingly set the stage for an impromptu musical moment right there in the midst of the canned goods and salad dressing aisle.
Donnell began to sing, and Cassandra attentively listened. Little did he know that the woman standing before him had a musical lineage. Her late father, Norris Turner, was a renowned gospel singer and preacher, and Cassandra herself grew up singing backup for gospel acts.
As the harmonious duet unfolded between the two, drawing on their natural talent, a crowd gradually gathered. Shoppers from different parts of the store flocked to witness this unexpected performance, capturing the moment on their phones. Meanwhile, Cassandra couldn’t help but worry if they were doing something wrong.
“I wondered, ‘Are the police going to come get us?'” she laughed. “Then the crowd came around, and they were smiling, and then we were like, ‘We can do this.'”
When their enchanting song concluded, Cassandra and Donnell shared laughter, reveling in the randomness and unexpected nature of their duet. Little did they know that more surprises were in store. After Cassandra shared the video online, it caught the attention of R&B artist Common, who shared it on his Instagram, catapulting them into viral stardom.
Soon, Cassandra and Donnell received an invitation to perform on the Strahan, Sara, and Keke morning show. Furthermore, Common extended an all-expense-paid trip to New York City, including an opportunity to perform at the Apollo Theater.
Reflecting on the experience, Cassandra expressed her hope that the video would rekindle public interest in this style of music. “We can do this, bring R&B back. R&B gospel,” she exclaimed.
What a delightful and unexpected encounter! These two individuals share remarkable musical chemistry that simply captivates.