He has sold more than 30 million albums. He has 16 Grammy nods, no wins. He has released 16 CDs. In his show he performs television theme songs like Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, The Love Boat, and Good Times. In addition to singing he plays eight instruments piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, […]Read more "Brian McKnight"
She got her name, Latifah, at age 8 after reading a book of Muslim names. Latifah means kind, nice and delicate.Read more "Queen Latifah"
She started in science at age 8 building projects from The Boys First Book of Electronics.Read more "Valerie Thomas"
She is 76 years old. She won her first Grammy at 71. She was born and raised in Chicago. Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Lou Rawls, and Curtis Mayfield were her neighbors. She always travels with her sister Yvonne. “Pops” Staples first name is Roebuck. She wrote “freedom songs” . She performed at Newport Folk Festival […]Read more "Mavis Staples"
Bessie Smith and her mentor, Ma Rainey were bisexuals. The director/writer/filmmaker was an intern at Frameline who produced the film in collaboration with HBO. Both Bessie and Ma Rainey were cross-dressers. The movie took 22 years to make. Benny Goodman recorded with Bessie. Queen Latifah portrayed Bessie and Mo’Nique portrayed Ma Rainey. Dee Rees’ mentor […]Read more "Bessie"
She was born Eunice Waymon. She changed her name so her mother wouldn’t know she was playing non-church music a.k.a. the devil’s music a.k.a. jazz. She wanted to be the first black classical pianist to play Carnegie Hall. She wrote Mississippi Goddam after the deaths of Medgar Evans and the girls in the church in […]Read more "Nina Simone"
I got to go to a dance party and danced for 2 hours straight. I recognized all of the songs played by DJ Kiss. Prince delivered what he promised. I was very close to the stage and was no more than 10 feet away from Prince! I was at Paisley Park. Have you been to […]Read more "Prince Did Not Disappoint Me"
He knows how to get high on music and take us all along for the ride. He went to a Warriors game and mentioned Steph Curry in a song. No one compares to him! No one struts and walks with a cane like The Purple One. No one is funkier than Prince. No one is […]Read more "Prince"
Born Alvin Lopez Jarreau in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sunrise March 12, 1940, sunset February 12, 2017, Los Angeles, California He was a PK, preacher’s kid, his dad was a Seventh Day Adventist minister. He embraced Scientology at one time, but later dissociated himself from it. He was married twice and had one son. He wrote the […]Read more "Al Jarreau"