Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin gravely ill

One of the most influential singers of all time, the great Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill with close friends and family keeping a bedside vigil at the singer’s Detroit home. Franklin underwent cancer surgery in 2014 and has been in poor health ever since. As news that the 76-year-old’s condition had deteriorated became public this week, […]

The gospel way with Bazil Meade

The gospel community will tomorrow celebrate the achievements of Reverend Bazil Meade, co-founder of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC). A black-tie event will be held in East London to honour Meade, who has just received an MBE from HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace for services to music especially the development of British Gospel […]

Riff-a-maniacs

Riff-a-maniacs The weird and wonderful world of riffs, licks, runs, melisma, scats, trills, and then some. Here comes the “Riff-a-Maniac”. This was the name I was given back in the day when all I did was just riff out every song. It didn’t matter what genre the song was: classical, musical theatre, soul, or plain […]

Broadway Melodies

“BROADWAY MELODIES” I remember as a child, I used to sit and in awe as singers and actresses danced and pranced their way across the television screen, thinking, “ I want to do that!”! Heck, I still say that! In fact, on one Christmas Eve, in anticipation of our midnight “open-one-gift” tradition, my sister and […]

Wendy Moten, The singer’s singer

Known for her powerful vocals and stylistic versatility, Grammy-nominated, Wendy Moten, is the “singer’s singer”. Her vocal range and professional credit list are equally as vast. When it comes to vocal style there does not seem to be a genre she cannot handle whether it’s gospel, blues, R&B, jazz, rock, pop, Latin or country. Her […]