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Skid row singers soothe their bruised souls — together

Skid row singers soothe their bruised souls — together

The Colburn Wesley Project singers stepped out onto the 51st floor of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper to make their debut.

Dressed in lace, pearls and tailored suits, they mingled with the benefit's celebrity emcee, a statuesque former "Basketball Wife," and her football player boyfriend. Guests in cocktail dresses posed for photos and bid on Hello Kitty merchandise at the silent-auction table.

Under the bristling chandeliers of the City Club, the singers sat down to salad, saving the main course — salmon or steak — for later. The five women and three men, strangers to one another just a few weeks earlier, walked onstage and for the next 17 minutes...

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