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2009 Artiste Biographies

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse makes history with 5 Grammys!Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year Amy Winehouse was honoured with 5 of the Recording Academy’s most prestigious awards, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Song of the Year (Rehab) and Record of the Year (Rehab) at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles last night. This incredible haul makes Amy the first ever British female artist to win 5 Grammys in one night and sees her join Lauryn Hill (1998), Alicia Keys (2001), Norah Jones (2002) and Beyonce (2003) in the elite band of female artists who have won 5 awards in one evening.

Amy, who was unable to attend in person, performed live-via-satellite from Riverside Studios in London. The 24-year old Londoner turned in a show stopping performance of “You Know I’m No Good” and the anthemic “Rehab”. Following her performance, Amy had this to say:

“I am so proud of this album. I put my heart and soul into it and it’s wicked to be recognised in this way. I feel truly honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as many of the artists present tonight and to win is even more amazing. Thanks to everyone involved in the record, my manager Raye, Mark and Salaam, everyone at Island Records, Universal/Republic and of course my family and my husband Blake.” She later went on to say “I can’t believe I’ve won 5 awards. It’s a shame I couldn’t be there to accept the awards but I’m so proud and happy that I had the opportunity to perform for the Grammys in my hometown of London with my family and friends around me. Thank you thank you thank you.” After winning the highly prestigious Record of The Year Award, Amy was quickly joined on stage by her Dad and Mum in a group hug with her band.

The Grammys cap a remarkable 18 months for this hugely talented and unique artist. During that time “Back To Black”, widely regarded as a modern day masterpiece by critics and fans alike, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and turned Amy into one of the hottest stars in the world.

The critical response to the record has been every bit as impressive with Amy picking up a series of awards including a Brit, South Bank Show Award, Ivor Novello, Mojo, Glamour, Elle Style Award, Mobo, MTV Europe’s Artists’ Choice Award and Q Award for Album of the Year.

Angélique Kidjo
With DJIN DJIN, her Grammy award winning release on Razor & Tie/Starbucks Entertainment, Angélique Kidjo comes home.

The much-celebrated singer, composer, and performer began in the Beninese port village of Cotonou, where she launched her career at the age of six. The political turmoil in her country led her to relocate to Paris, the capital of world music, and then ultimately to New York City, where she now resides. Kidjo was also nominated for her trilogy of albums – OREMI, BLACK IVORY SOUL, and OYAYA.

Her striking voice, stage presence and her fluency in multiple cultures and languages won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. It also earned her access to humanitarians who sensed the passion in the words of her songs, resulting in her long-term dedication to global charity work.

Angélique Kidjo is a Special Representative for UNICEF, the UN organization that helps give education and healthcare to children around the globe.

BeBe Winans
BeBe Winans is a groundbreaking inspirational, R&B;, and Gospel vocalist, writer, and producer. BeBe has won four Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, two NAACP Awards and a Soul Train Award. A multi faceted artist, BeBe not only has a successful recording career, but also recently launched a syndicated radio show and returned to acting in both film and theater.

As a member of gospel music royalty, BeBe’s success is truly a family tradition. The seventh of 10 children, BeBe began his career as a background singer for his famous brothers (The Winans) before teaming with sister CeCe Winans in 1987 for an amazing run of smash hits and platinum-selling albums. BeBe has also recorded songs with such entertainers as Stevie Wonder, Brain McKnight and Whitney Houston.

BeBe and CeCe had success with such hits as, "Heaven", "I'm Lost Without You", and the number one hits "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There." BeBe’s stop-in-your tracks voice shines on his songs "In Harm’s Way," "Jesus, Children of America" and, "Coming Back Home" with Brian McKnight and Joe.

His ear for writing and interpreting real-life experiences through inspirational music (spiritual soul food, if you will), remains unerring. BeBe now returns with his fourth solo album, Dream. BeBe’s TMG label (The Movement Group) and Hidden Beach Recordings new inspirational imprint division, Still Waters, is releasing this album. The partnership between the two labels was announced last year.

Chaka Khan: Renaissance Woman
From her early years as the lead singer of the pioneering 70's group Rufus to her status as a legendary musical icon, Chaka Khan can truly claim her status as a modern-day renaissance woman. Her distinctive vocal style has influenced and impacted a whole generation of hit making contemporary artists and her commitment as a humanitarian and philanthropist has continued to thrive through the work of her own foundation.

Chaka Khan is an eight-time Grammy winner known for a catalog of classic hits: "Tell Me Something Good," "Sweet Thing," "Once You Get Started," "Everlasting Love," "Do You Love What You Feel," "Ain't Nobody," "I'm Every Woman," "I Feel For You," "Through The Fire," "Clouds", "I'll Be Good To You", and "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me". Khan has worked in practically every genre of music from pop, R&B;, rock, disco, world music and fusion to jazz, rap, hip-hop, and classical. The diverse list of distinguished collaborators with whom Chaka has recorded includes but is not limited to Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, Rod Stewart, Manhattan Transfer, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight, Joe Henderson, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Lenny White, Bobby McFerrin, Melle Mel, Lionel Hampton, Eric Clapton, Fourplay, Peter Cetera, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Tamia, Kanye West, Shaggy, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Ry Cooder, Bruce Hornsby, Guru, Phil Collins, De La Soul, Michael MacDonald, Steve Winwood, and, Miles Davis. Emotive vocals have been the trademark of Ms. Khan who has graced the soundtracks of several movies including "Clockers," "Set It Off," "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," "Miami Vice," "White Knights," "Moscow on the Hudson," "Disappearing Acts," "Waiting to Exhale," and "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown," and the recent Tyler Perry hit "Madea's Family Reunion".

Winner of the 1995 London's Best Actress Capitol Radio Listener's Poll Award Recipient for "Mama, I Want to Sing", a Diamond Life Awardee of Excellence from the International Association of African-American Music (IAAAM), recipient of the "Soul Train's Lena Horne Lady of Soul Career Achievement Award", declared a "power mover" by Vibe Magazine, recipient of a BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, and given the date October 19th as Chaka Khan Day by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago, Ms. Khan is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

A renowned proponent of 'old school' soul music, her energy, dynamism, and passion through live performances for over three decades, Chaka Khan has brought her special brand of vocal magic to audiences the world over. Her prowess as a credited creative force behind her impressive catalog of solo albums is one that is held in high regard by her peers: executive producer for the 1992 Grammy-winning "The Woman I Am" and Chaka's 1998 album "Come 2 My House" featuring a number of Khan compositions. Chaka's range as an artist is both timeless and limitless as demonstrated in her ability to interpret a range of enduring songs associated with artists such as Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Shirley Bassey, Oscar Brown Jr. and Lena Horne, captured on her 2004 release "Classikhan," recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

But it's away from the stage and the recording studio that Chaka's light has continued to promote a need for change. Her inspiring autobiography "Through The Fire" was acclaimed for its soul-bearing candor and honesty and her commitment to women and children at risk is seen through her countless hours of dedication to the Chaka Khan Foundation. Formed in 1999, the Foundations' most recent initiative involves a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School district mentoring 5th and 6th grade students who are college-bound. Of her work with the Foundation and her other philanthropic endeavors which include participation in numerous charity benefits devoted to conquering autism, AIDS and championing resources for women and children, Chaka simply says, "It's time to build up and time to give back".

Entrepreneurial in spirit, Chaka's entertainment company Chaka Khan Enterprises is definitely a family affair. Her mother, Sandra Coleman, works as her business manager; and her sister, Tammy McCrary, is her personal manager; while her daughter Milini (who enjoyed success as the lead singer for the group Pretty in Pink) has a burgeoning solo career and her son Damien is also an aspiring record producer.

An inspiration for hit artists such as Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu (who have both covered Khan classics), an iconic musical pioneer, a dynamic performer, a compassionate humanitarian, and creative entrepreneur, Chaka Khan is truly coming into her own as a multi-faceted renaissance woman with a heart and soul to match her everlasting musical artistry.

News: This year, Chicago will reunite with Earth, Wind & Fire for an epic third co-headlining US summer tour. It is a dream double bill, one that fans have been asking for since the last time the two bands teamed up, in 2005. Chicago will also perform numerous headlining shows, both in the US and abroad. In the last year, the group has sold out extensive domestic and international tours across Japan, Europe, Canada, Mexico and of course, the USA.

TV Shows: This Spring, Chicago will appear on the new Chris Isaak Hour (Biography Channel). The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson Show (CBS) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (network affiliates) with more appearances coming.

Album Releases. In April, 2009, Madacy Records, in conjunction with Rhino Entertainment, will release a 3-CD collectors' edition greatest hits compilation in a special tin package. This past November, Rhino Records reissued Chicago's landmark first two albums, Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago II, as special 180 gram vinyl release, complete with exceptional packaging. . Rhino is also readying a limited edition box set of 7” singles, a cool nod to the band's history, both as hit makers and as champions of innovative album packaging. Earlier last year, Rhino Records released Stone of Sisyphus, the great, long-awaited and unreleased album that has been an underground fan favorite for nearly 15 years. The release features bonus tracks and new liner notes. Last October, Rhino issued the Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition, a hits package that remains a top seller. Also of continuing interest is Chicago XXX, the band's excellent 2006 album, produced by Jay DeMarcus of superstar country group Rascal Flatts.

Of Note: In September, 2008, Billboard Magazine named its Top 100 artists of all time, based on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Chicago's extraordinary career landed them at Number 13, just behind artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley, and just ahead of Marvin Gaye, Prince and Rod Stewart. Congratulations to all!

Chicago's remarkable career achievements, both creative and commercial, are now being celebrated in many different ways. In December of 2007, Chicago was honored by the Chicago History Museum with a special exhibit, showcasing historical pieces and band memorabilia. The event was commemorated by Chicago City Alderman Vi Daley, who introduced a resolution to the Chicago City Council, by State Senator James DeLeo, who introduced a resolution to the Illinois Legislature, and by US Congressman Dan Lipinski, who entered the event into the Congressional Record. All three legislators are long-time fans and friends of the band.

In February of 2007, Chicago became a member of an exclusive and exceptionally talented club of artists when the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) bestowed upon them its Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement during the organization's 49th Annual Convention in Chicago. Fox News columnist Roger Friedman has expressed his support multiple times, and in a column dated Nov. 27, he pointed out the widely held belief that Chicago deserves even more recognition for their accomplishments than has been previously accorded. To this end, Stereophile Magazine just named the band's Chicago Transit Authority album as a “Record To Die For” in its Feb. 2008 issue, saying, “Great songs sporting kick-ass bass, drums, and guitar, along with tight, inventive horn arrangements. What more could you want?”

Lifetime Achievements: Highlights include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 5 Number One singles, 13 Platinum albums and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 30 albums have been certified platinum, and Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In addition, a live 2005 DVD of their epic performances with Earth, Wind & Fire was certified platinum in less than two months.

Charitable Concerns: Chicago actively supports two charities through their concert ticket sales. Since 1995, the band has donated a portion of each ticket sold to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure to the fatal children's disease, Neimann-Pick Type C. Last year, the band began donating an additional portion of ticket sales to help raise money for Hannah & Friends, which works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. Hannah & Friends is the personal mission of Maura Weis and her husband, current Notre Dame Football Coach Charlie Weis.

The Chicago-Notre Dame connection is well known: Chicago's manager, Peter Schivarelli, played football for Notre Dame under coaching legend Ara Parseghian, and Schivarelli has been a friend to the University ever since. Since bringing the band together with Coaches Parseghian and Weis, Chicago is close to reaching its goal of raising $1,000,000 for important causes.

For more information, check out www.chicagotheband.com.

George Duke
George Duke was born in San Rafael, California, and reared in Marin City, a working class section of Marin County. By the age of sixteen, George had played with a number of high school jazz groups. He was heavily influenced by Miles Davis and the soul-jazz sound of Les McCann and Cal Tjader. Attending the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music and majoring in trombone and composition with a minor in contrabass, he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1967. George later received a Masters Degree in composition from San Francisco State University and briefly taught a course on Jazz And American Culture at Merritt Junior College in Oakland.

At the end of 1970 George Duke joined veteran jazzman Julian "Cannonball" Adderly’s group. Through Cannonball he worked with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie.

Duke also wrote and produced the number one single "Sweet Baby" for his own recording with Stanley Clarke (The Clarke/Duke Project). Duke's special expertise was even tapped by such unlikely mainstream artists as Melissa Manchester and Barry Manilow. By the end of 1988, he had produced four songs for Smokey Robinsonand several songs for saxophonist George Howard. George's other production projects included the number one chart hit "Call Me" by Phil Perry and several songs for Miles Jaye, vocalist Dianne Reeves, The Pointer Sisters, 101 North, Najee, Jeffrey Osborne, Take 6, Howard Hewett, Chante Moore, Everette Harp, Rachelle Ferrell and, most recently, Gladys Knight, Keith Washington, Filipino star Gary Valenciano, Johnny Gill and Anita Baker. In 1990, George Duke was named "R&B; Keyboardist Of The Year" by Keyboard Magazine for the second consecutive year.

Through the years, along with his own releases and busy producing schedule, George has acted as musical director for numerous artists and television specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards (nine years), NBC's Sunday Night Show and Anita. He also was at the helm for Legend to Legend with George Burns, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and others.

Other honors include Grammy nominations for his production of "We Are The World" by the Children Of The World; "Sweet Baby" by the Clarke/Duke project; "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams; "Stay With Me Tonight" and "On The Wings Of Love" by Jeffrey Osborne; and "Fumilayo" by Dianne Reeves. Tutu, by Miles Davis with selections produced by George Duke, won a Grammy in 1986. Both Miles Davis Amandla (selections produced by Duke) and Al Jarreau's Heart's Horizon (produced entirely by Duke) received Grammy nominations in 1990. George also received the coveted Edison Life Time Achievement Award in Rotterdam in November 2004.

Designed specifically for Saint Lucia Jazz 2009, the legendary George Duke will team up with class act male vocalists, multi-award grammy winners Bebe Winans and Jeffery Osborne along with Saint Lucian Tedyson John. The group will perform at the Saint Lucia Jazz on Saturday, May 10th, 2009 at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Designed specifically for Saint Lucia Jazz 2009, the legendary George Duke will team up with divas Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Saint Lucian Nicole David, female vocalists. The Patti & Chaka are multi-award grammy winners and will perform at the Saint Lucia Jazz on Saturday, May 10th, 2009 at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Jeffrey Osborne
Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and "Love Power," which he performed with Dionne Warwick.

Born in Providence, RI, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was constantly bombarded with music as he was growing up. After receiving his mother's encouragement Jeffrey left for Los Angeles to play with L.T.D. At the age of 15, he sat in with the O'Jays when the drummer was too tired to play, and went on to play with them for two weeks. It was at a Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band Love Men Ltd. in 1969.

Osborne's solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with "On the Wings of Love" in 1982. Osborne's touring and recording continue to keep him busy much of the time, but he also devotes some of his time to charity work.

The core of Kassav is Jocelyne Beroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean-Philippe Marthely, Patrick St. Eloi, Jean-Claude Naimro, Georges Decimus and Pierre-Edouard Decimus.

Through the release of Majestik Zouk, the band has released ten studio albums and one live album. Each bona fide member of the band has also released solo albums that include support by the entire band. Add various carnival projects under the pseudonyms Soukoue Ko Ou and Turbo II, and the total number of Kassav'-related albums approaches 30.

It's indisputable that much of the most dramatic groundbreaking occurred on the early to mid-'80s solo releases. Of the official Kassav' albums, all are interesting in that they provide a view into the development of what became the zouk sound.

Michel Aubertin
A relatively unknown entity in the mainstream entertainment industry, Michel Aubertin has gone from obscurity on his small island home of Saint Lucia, to making waves on the high seas.

By 16 Michel became the youngest lead singer for the hottest band in Saint Lucia. Through this collaboration with many of the local musicians, such as Jazz aficionados, Ronald Boo Hinkson, Barbara Cadet, and Luther Francois, just to name a few, he was incorporated in many musical productions, and represented his country in a regional Caribbean Cultural Festival (CARIFESTA), in 1991.

1994 saw the collaboration between Michel and Clairmonte Charles, with Michel becoming the lead singer for a lounge band ONYX on the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. For ten years Michel worked on a number of cruise lines honing his skills and satisfying audiences of all walks of life and demographics.

Despite all of this exposure, Michel has yet to effect any major influence on the world stage, but he has not let this damper his love for what he does best, performance. The world is gaining a true gem in this young gentleman; and coining a phrase from this multi-faceted young artiste.

Michael McDonald
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Michael McDonald became one of the most recognizable artists of the past 25 years and perhaps the greatest "blue-eyed soul" singer. His ability to bridge rock, adult contemporary and soul successfully and his unique, recognizable voice, have made him a leading solo singer and backing vocalist.

McDonald first attained notoriety in the early 70s as an adjunct member of Steely Dan. However, it was his 1977 admission to the boogie rock band the Doobie Brothers, and his unlikely steering of that group to a more soul-oriented sound, that made him a star. McDonald-written and sung hits such as "Takin It To The Streets," "You Belong To Me" and the #1 smash "What a Fool Believes" gave an extended commercial life to the Doobies and provided them an unexpected initial exposure on soul radio.

When the Doobies disbanded after 1981's Real Love, McDonald embarked on a highly anticipated solo career with hits such as If That's What It Takes and I Keep Forgettin. He continued to rerelease hits through pairings with soul and gospel artistes such as James Ingram ("Yah Mo Be There"), the Winans ("Love Has No Color") and Patti LaBelle ("On My Own").

In 2000 released Blue Obsession, the most overtly soulful and spiritual album of his career. He followed with a wonderful 2001 Christmas album, In the Spirit.

In 2002, McDonald released Motown, covering the Sounds of Detroit as a way of paying homage to the great original writers, producers and artists. It quickly became McDonald's biggest hit in two decades. And in summer of 2004 he followed the tour with a sequel to his hit album, Motown 2.

In early 2008, McDonald put the finishing touches on Soul Speak. It is another album filled with his covers of classic soul tunes but also with a few originals.

Patti LaBelle
Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird's name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for. As she continues into her fourth decade of performing, the Philadelphia maven has returned to her roots with her latest project, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. "I was born gospel, so it's not like I'm coming back or trying to impress people with this new gospel project. I've always done this. I've never done a whole album. That's the only thing that's missing," observes the songstress. "I've come full circle where you can say it's a complete project."

Always on her heart, coupled with ten years of mental preparation, timing has always been the key component amidst Patti's busy schedule to complete this life inspired album. In between touring, taping her TV One show Living It Up With Patti LaBelle, acting - having made a special guest appearance in the Bryan Barber directed, OutKast movie Idlewild and with her Home Shopping Network endeavor Patti LaBelle Clothing, it's no wonder that everything has been crafted according to a divine plan. "Because of Bud's (longtime Musical Director and friend, Budd Ellison) situation, and I always wanted him to be involved with my gospel project because he was involved in all of my CD's, I said I better start now because he's slowly going away. That was my real reason for starting it."

Sadly, Bud Ellison passed away from prostate cancer before the completion of the album. Patti has dedicated this album to his loving memory in addition to donating all the proceeds to a variety of cancer organizations. "We're praying it is going to be one of my bigger albums that I won't be paid for. In a way, my payback will be we sold so many records and this money went to cancer research."

Music industry veteran Jheryl Busby lent his time, talent and treasure overseeing the The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle via his Umbrella Recordings, and the guest appearances alone raise an eyebrow, as the all-star line up boasts of a who's who across musical genres. "Many people do things like this and you never hear about it. I think it's the right thing to do because you have to help wherever you can when you're in the position to help. I'm in the position, I don't need the money, but they need it for research so we can find out why we lost our loved ones and so that we don't have to lose any more."

The first co-singles possess sure fire messages within the music. "Anything," co-written by Patti and longtime collaborator Sami McKinney, produced by Nisan Stewart features gospel duo Mary Mary, producer/lyricist Kanye West and his latest protégé Consequence. With its pulsating drum beat, its inspirational message of being able to accomplish anything as a child of the King resonates. "Where Love Begins" featuring Yolanda Adams is a groovy mid-tempo written by legendary songwriter Denise Rich and co-produced by Troy Taylor and Gordon Chambers. Guitar riffs and hand claps stir the encouraging words "deep from within, because that's where love begins."

Co-producers Taylor and Gordon also contributed "Walk Away" featuring the incomparable CeCe Winans. Soft piano chords give way to the melodic harmony as the two women share their thoughts about overcoming obstacles by simply walking away from the enemy toward positivity. Country superstar Wynonna Judd lends her vocal prowess to the Shavoni and Sami McKinney produced track "Everything," about God's all encompassing power and love.

Anointed gospel powerhouses Tye Tribbett and GA, J Moss and the Soul Seekers lend their talents to "Pray Today," "He Loves You," and "God Ain't Through," respectively. "Pray Today," co-written by Patti and Sami McKinney was written seven years prior to the album coming together and ironically was one of the first recorded songs, while "He Loves You" is one of Ms. Patti's favorites. "You Are My Friend" was written and recorded nearly 30 years ago by Patti and Budd Ellison, co-produced by Ellison and Sami McKinney. "It's Budd. He's all through this album. Singing it makes me cry because I feel him all over the place, but it's very, very therapeutic."

A 14+ city church tour will accompany the release of The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Beginning at The Potter's House in Texas, home to Bishop TD Jakes, Patti was blessed to have gospel legend Shirley Ceasar pray a special prayer, "for people to accept me as the new carrier of His word. God is working on me, He's working through me, and He's putting changes all over me - positive. I know I'm chosen. I know this is something I was meant to do. For 10 years now I've been trying to do this gospel album and I finally did it. And it feels so good singing these songs."

For Ms. Patti, she simply desires for her fans not to judge her with this record and to be aware that this gift is from her heart and deep within her soul. "I want them to take away a beautiful message. I want them to take away a beautiful CD, which means take it home, buy it so that we can help with this cancer calling." That humility and honesty has been the true gospel according to Patti LaBelle. "Staying a person that people can say they encountered and she was very, very giving. She didn't get Hollywood on us. I never want to be thought of as a Hollywood person, you know the people who don't have time for the people who made them."

The same motivation that had Patricia Louis Holt blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at six-two years young. "Each year I grow, and that's a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it...It's not about making money because I don't need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I've got to get on that stage." And the world is thankful that Ms. Patti's preaching sounds so good to our ears.

(BG Unlimited, Inc - 10/06)

The Original Wailers
The Original Wailers are the reconstituted version of Bob Marley & the Wailers. Over the past 40 years, Bob Marley & the Wailers have sold more than 400 million albums, and Marley's supporting cast has had no small role in the group's success.

Earl "Wya" Lindo joined Bob in 1973, for the band’s Island Records debut, Catch A Fire, along with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. American-born guitarist Al Anderson, joined the band a year later and played on No Woman No Cry--he's also played with Peter Tosh, James Brown, Traffic and Ben Harper. Junior Marvin, lead vocalist/guitarist for The Original Wailers often sang alongside Marley and as lead. Junior appeared in the ’70s and played on Exodus, which Time magazine voted "Best Album Of The 20th Century." Junior, Al and Wya toured and recorded with Marley until his death.

The band performs all the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers as they faithfully have since the meteoric rise of Bob Marley and the Wailers. THE ORIGINAL WAILERS carry forward the true spirit of “One Love” that they helped create with Bob Marley as one of the most influential bands of all time.

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