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The Victor Brooks Show

The Victor Brooks Show will focus on the lives, views and concerns of both celebrities and everyday people. The Victor Brooks Show will certainly present the reality that famous or not, we all have a story to tell. Victor Brooks and his guests will share an intimate and heart to heart conversation of life and the issues that connect and concern us all.


The Victor Brooks Show Episode / TL Cross
TL Cross comes from a musical background that spans back to when his grandfather hosted his own radio show and further extends to his father, aunts and uncles, most of whom were major-label gospel artists and musicians. Nowadays, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer has successes of his own. His writing credits include "I'll Make It Right" (Usher), "Whereareyougoing" (Musiq Soulchild), "I'll Be Right There" (112) and "Get It On Tonite" (Montell Jordan), which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2000. He's produced for such artists as Ghostface Killah ("Never B the Same Again," featuring Carl Thomas) and DMX ("Goodbye") while Yolanda Adams, Donnell Jones and Case are among those who have tapped him as a backing singer. Today, Cross is co-CEO of Da Gutta Fam production/record company, an entity he and his partners hope will be picked up by a major label en bloc. They're currently working on projects with Nas, LeToya Luckett and Jamie Foxx. "Da Gutta Fam is the umbrella and TL Cross is the trailblazer," Cross says. "We have solid producers and hitmakers. We've had A-list artists choose us to make music for them." Cross has further dealt with majors as part of the quartet Morrison Slick, a group whose previous incarnations have released records via Island and Motown. Morrison Slick later signed a songwriting deal with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis before becoming part of Da Gutta Fam.
81:32 22/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show / Mopreme Shakur
Maurice Harding (born 1967), better known by his stage name Mopreme Shakur or simply Mopreme, is an American rapper. He is the older step brother of Tupac Shakur, and was a member of Tupac's hip hop groups Thug Life and Outlawz. Thug Life was disassembled when Shakur ran into legal problems, and Mopreme left Outlawz due to a financial disagreement with Death Row Records. Mopreme's first recorded appearance, under the alias Mocedes, was on Tony Toni Toné's hit single "Feels Good" in the year 1990. His first collaboration with his brother was on the single and video "Papaz Song", from the 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. under the name 'Wycked'. In 1993 Mopreme and his brother Tupac formed the group Thug Life with friends Big Syke, Macadoshis and Rated R. On September 26, 1994, the group released the only Album Thug Life: Volume 1 which went Gold. Mopreme has been credited as a writer for many significant tracks on this album. He was an original member of both his Thug Life group, as well as a premier member of Outlawz. Mopreme, as well as Big Syke dropped out of the group, but contrary to rumors, was never signed to Death Row Records. In 2002, he was interviewed in the documentary Biggie & Tupac. In early 2007, Mopreme released the mixtape "Assassin & Mopreme Shakur Presents: Black & Brown Pride". Mopreme was featured on the soundtrack for the feature film Intoxicating, starring Kirk Harris, John Savage, and Eric Roberts. In June 2008, Mopreme revealed that he had signed on as a consulting producer for the BET series, American Gangster, titled "Mutulu Shakur and The Republic of New Afrika." The show will feature his incarcerated father, Mutulu Shakur, a proponent of the Republic of New Afrika in the 1960s and '70s and member of the neo-Marxist/black nationalist group Black Liberation Army. Mopreme provided insight, direction, subject matter for interviews, and acted as a liaison between the show and his father.
56:21 22/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show / Patti Henley
Patti is diverse and delicious..... from being featured with the Tuscany Symphony to singing the national anthem at the Bill Pickens annual Rodeo, to performing as vocal accompaniment, for Roberta Flack, Micheal Bolton, Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Tower Of Power, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Laura Branigan, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Kenny G, and more. Her global travels have taken her on many World Tours as live backup, with Motown icon Smokey Robinson. Over 25 years she recorded several albums with him. including albums, “Smokey’s Family Robinson”, “Quiet Storm”, and paired with him in on stage duets. Patti is one third of a family gospel trio, the “Henleys”. Brothers Robert iii, Ronald, and she appear in concert throughout the country. The Henleys were featured vocalist at the Memorial Musical Celebration in honor of Coretta Scott King at Ebenezer Baptist church, in Atlanta Georgia ACTRESS: Always captivating and spellbinding she breathes excitement, and credibility into each character. Patti currently tours with the Paul Morse Acting Company, Artist In Residence, at the Los Angeles Music Center. She stars in the role of Harriet Tubman, in Letters To Harriet. Patti sparkled with her one woman show Sing America...while entertaining the Chinese consulate. Other theatre credits include: Achieving the Dream, written and starring the late Yolanda King, Porgy & Bess with the Los Angeles Civic Opera. Mary, the mother of Jesus in the West Angeles Performing Arts production of Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Angela in the musical, Rejoice. The Message Is In The Music, written and directed by Touch By An Angel's Della Reese. Voices From The Past, Black People Who Knew, Cermonies In Dark Old Men, South Pacific, Lady Day in the Billie Holiday Story.....and more. PRODUCER: Ms. Henley served as producer for the Hollywood Black Film Festival’s opening night Red Carpet Gala, at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood, and the Closing Night Award Ceremony, “A Tribute To Black Cinema: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. This event was hosted by Comedian J. Anthony Brown, and comedic actress Paula Jai Parker . Included were tributes to Barbershop director, Tim Story, Producer/Writer Saladin Patterson, of the Fighting Temptations, and the Bernie Mac Show. Also independent Filmmaker Charles Burnett. In subsequent years she returned Producing an opening night tribute to veteran photographer Bill Jones. The Closing Night Awards were hosted, by Corey Reynolds, and Gina Ravera, costars of TNT’s “The Closer”. EDUCATOR: She has designed A unique music and drama program for youth. “I Am A Promise” is a fun way of learning the basics PLAYWRITE: Ms Henley penned the new musical "We Were There", one woman shows Musiversal, and Sing America. Ms Henley has written produced several stage plays for children, and is currently Developing a web series “The Armants” Patti attended Eureka College in Eureka Ill. In Los Angeles she studied voice with Nathan Lamb, at Simon Wiesenthal Academy, scene study and advanced theatre at the Kilpatric-Cambridge actors workshop at Warner Bros. Studios
66:25 22/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode / Tribute Show to Shirley Jones Of The Jones Girls with Special Guest Cam Jones
We are so happy and proud to welcome back Ms. Shirley Jones Of The Jones Girls and her Multi Talented son Cam Jones, Producer, Songwriter, Performer, Businessman. We were able to pay tribute to Ms. Jones, shout out The Jones Girls upcoming UNSUNG feature and surprise performances from Singer - Songwriter Jeffery Mpondo (France), Bassist- Songwriter Fernando Rosa (Brazil) and Bassist Alex Hancox (London)
68:45 20/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 57 / Javier Vargas
Javier Vargas, Spain’s biggest blues star, has released 27 albums since putting together the Vargas Blues Band in 1990. Eight of those records have sold platinum.Javier has performed and/or recorded with so many artists…  Prince, Carlos Santana, Alvin Lee, Roy Buchanan, Canned Heat, Larry Graham, Glenn Hughes, Jack Bruce, Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert and Devon Allman, to name a few amongst a looong list of major stars.Carlos Santana plays Javier VargasSome of these stars appear as guest artists on Vargas Blues Band albums, while others have recorded versions of Javier’s music on their own albums. Carlos Santana’s version of Javier’s Blues Latino on the album Santana Brothers (1994) is a good example.Performing with PrinceMany have asked Javier to perform with them on stage, marvelling his skills and musical style. Performing with Prince & The New Power Generation is one of highlights among those encounters.
66:23 11/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode Episode 56 / Mental Health Episode with Dr. H. Jean Wright ll, Dave and Marla Thomas
We are very proud of this Mental Health Episode with Dr. H. Jean Wright ll, featuring special guests Dave and Marla Thomas. Dave and Marla have been major advocates within the mental illness community for many years. Through their campaign of erasing the stigmas that surround mental illness and partnering with the NAMI organization, Dave and Marla are truly soldiers in this arena.
96:03 11/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 55 / Christopher Mann
Christopher Mann (born June 17, 1964) is an American actor who has appeared in various films written and/or directed by filmmaker Tony Gilroy. He has appeared in other films such as Ocean's 11, Emmett's Mark, The Mighty Macs, Cost of a Soul, Lebanon, Pa., The Big Year, Backwards, Deer Crossing, 1982, Myra's Angel, Jersey Justice, The North Star, and A Place in Hell.He has had recurring roles on shows such as The Wire, The Underground Kings, and House of Cards in addition to portraying various characters on the Law & Order spin-offs Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent. In addition to those shows, he also guest-starred on Hack, Kidnapped (with Otto Sanchez and Jeremy Sisto), Heroes, Three Rivers, Blue Bloods, Made in Jersey, and Those Who Kill.
61:59 11/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 54 / Brenda Lee Eager
From the farm county of Lower Peachtree, North of Mobile Alabama, you might not expect a chart-topping musical powerhouse to emerge, and yet Brenda Lee Eager did just that. Beyond her original songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Prince, Brenda has a heart and voice as big as the world - having performed with the most important artists in American music history: Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Graham Nash and the inimitable Ray Charles.Brenda started her singing career like so many other greats: in church. Having established a secure partnership between her music and her spiritual path, she moved to Chicago landing the coveted female lead with Jerry Butler's group (Motown), and was later co-featured with Jerry in his famous Billboard “Certified Gold” hits: “Ain't Understanding Mellow” and “(They Long To Be) Close To You.”But these accolades are a small part of what makes Brenda such a powerful writer and lyricist. Brenda inherently understands the relationship between storytelling and the song. Every song she creates retains a compelling sense of narrative - never losing sight of a deep humanity encapsulated in the melody and lyric.Having penned several one-woman and theatrical shows of her own, Brenda is no stranger to the theater and has joined forces with Catherine Kinsman and Ben Dowling to write the musical Spiral—a powerful story that addresses human civilization and its relationship with nature and indigenous cultures around the world.“Music is central to my life. It's between God and music - and a lot of the time I consider those two words to be nearly interchangeable. My music is a reflection of the spiritual lessons that I practice in my life. I can't think of a better place to speak from, as we face profound issues, than through our collective voice and stories of magic, of vision and of love.”
61:03 11/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 53 / Crystal Cheatham
CRYSTAL CHEATHAM, FOUNDER & CEOCrystal Cheatham (she/hers) received her MFA from Antioch University. She is an LGBTQ rights activist with a focus on religious liberty. Since 2011 Crystal has worked simultaneously as a ghostwriter and queer rights activist with groups such as Soulforce and the Attic Youth Center. As an entrepreneur Crystal is the founder of two projects: Our Bible App and The IDentity Kit, both of which provided resources for marginalized communities of faith.  As an outspoken activist she has written for The Huffington Post on the intersections of faith and sexual identity, a faith and spirituality column for the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, sat on the steering committee of the HRC as the Faith & Spirituality chair, and partnered with Equality PA to influence clergy to support non-discrimination legislation. She is the host of Lord Have Mercy, a podcast about God, sex and the Bible, and has been featured in TeenVogue, Autostraddle, and LGBTQNation amongst others. Contact Crystal at  
62:18 11/05/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 52 (Quarantine Series) Melba Moore Part 2
The entertainment pioneer and vocalist extraordinaire; MELBA MOORE joins us again for more positive vibrations. In this episode, Julie, Wendi and I surprise Melba with a special guest, the House/Dance Producer Terry Hunter. Terry is also one of the producers and songwriters for Melba's new smash, International single; "Just Doin' Me". Watch and fall in love with Queen Melba even more.
53:07 16/02/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 51 (Quarantine Series) Charles Wright Of Watts 103rd Street Band
Charles Wright had a desire to form a solid soul band that would take the drive of R&B and push it to the limits. With an amazing cast of musicians, Charles formed the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, which recorded a string of hit songs including the classic “Express Yourself.” Charles took pride in writing the song and the classic bass riff, played by his longtime friend Melvin Dunlap. Over his long and incredible career, Charles covered early Doo Wop era all the way into the funk and soul sound of the 1970s. What has always remained with him is his passion for the music!
62:32 16/02/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 50 (Quarantine Series) Celso Fonseca
As a songwriter,he has written many songs recorded by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Marcos Valle, Carlinhos Brown,Maria Bethania,Vinicius Cantuaria, Nana Caymmi, Luiz Melodia, Daniela Mercury, Clara Moreno, Ney Matogrosso, Bossacucanova, Antonio Chainho, Ana Carolina, Samantha James, among others. Celso has fourteen critically acclaimed solo albums: "Minha cara"( 1986 ), "O som do sim" ( 1993 ),"Sorte" ( 1994), "Paradiso" ( 1997 ) and "Juventude/Slow motion Bossa Nova" (which has 3 times Latin Grammy nomination in 2002), "Natural"( 2002 - released by Ziriguiboom / Crammed discs ) , "Rive Gauche Rio", ( 2005 - Nominated by The Sunday Times as one of the best 10 albuns of the year ), "Polaroides" ( 2006 ) ,"Feriado" ( 2007 ) , "Celso Fonseca Ao Vivo", ( 2008 - Live CD and DVD with special guests as Gilberto Gil and Ana Carolina), "Pagina Central" ,with Marcos Valle ( 2009 - Original songs written with Brazilian songwriter/ legend Marcos Valle ), "Celso Fonseca ,voz e violao" , ( 2010 - CD and DVD with solo performance covers of classic Brazilian and International songs ), "No meu filme" ( 2011), and "Like Nice", ( 2015 ) (four times nominated for the Latin Grammy 2016 ). Celso Fonseca has been touring the world with his band, playing a lot of concerts in Europe, US and Japan. Also he was the second Brazilian artist to be on "Later with Jools" the acclaimed music show on BBC. In 2014 and 2016 he performed in Moscow together with Marcos Valle at Tchaikowsky Hall with the Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra, playing his originals and a couple of Brazilian classics. The artist has collaborated with some international artists like the Italian songwriter/legend, Toni Renis, with the Uruguayan Oscar winner, Jorge Drexler, the Italian singer Chiara Civello and the American singer/songwriter Samantha James. Celso has written recently a song for his new album "Turning Point" with Erika Ender, one of the songwriters from the mega worldwide hit: "Despacito".
68:39 16/02/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 49 / Sarah Dash Of LaBelle
Sarah Dash defines the word "legend." As an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, motivational speaker, educator, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Sarah is a unique force whose voice has touched millions of listeners around the world. From co-founding Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles and making history as a member of Labelle to becoming the very first Music Ambassador (2017) of Trenton, New Jersey, Sarah has blazed a trail in every facet of her remarkable career. Music has been a constant source of inspiration in Sarah's life ever since her childhood in Trenton. The seventh of thirteen children born to Elder Abraham Dash and Mother Elizabeth Dash, Sarah sang in the Trenton Church of Christ Choir as a young girl and entertained her classmates with renditions of standards like "With These Hands." The radio dial introduced her to everything from R&B and rock 'n' roll to country and polka, with the voices of Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, and Smokey Robinson shaping some of Sarah's earliest influences alongside albums by Mahalia Jackson, Nat "King" Cole, Andy Williams, and her brother's jazz collection. Doo-wop groups The Capris and The Dells inspired the name of Sarah's first group, the Del-Capris, which included another Trenton-based singer, Nona Hendryx. When Sarah and Nona teamed with Patricia (Patti) Holte and Cynthia (Cindy) Birdsong of The Ordettes, a new group was born — The Bluebelles. Beginning in 1962, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles were among the most dynamic vocal groups of the 1960s, recording for major labels like Cameo-Parkway and Atlantic, touring the Chitlin' Circuit, and earning rave reviews for their appearances at the Apollo Theater where they were affectionately nicknamed "The Sweethearts of the Apollo." Four years after Cindy Birdsong left the Bluebelles to join Diana Ross & the Supremes, Sarah, Patti, and Nona signed with Warner Bros., unveiling a new name and a new style on Labelle (1971) and Moon Shadow (1972), and recording with acclaimed singer-songwriter Laura Nyro on Gonna Take a Miracle (1971). Working with manager and former Ready Steady Go! producer Vicki Wickham, the trio began writing their own songs and geared their sound towards a progressive fusion of rock and soul. With the release of Pressure Cookin' (1973) on RCA, Labelle transformed into funk-rock goddesses outfitted in fashion-forward couture. A trio of albums on Epic Records, the gold-selling Nightbirds (1974), Phoenix (1975), and Chameleon (1976), sparked Labelle's breakthrough to mainstream success. They topped the Hot 100 with "Lady Marmalade," graced the cover of Rolling Stone, sold out theaters across the country, and made history as the first black group to perform at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. After Labelle parted ways in 1977, Sarah embarked on a successful solo career. She acted in and wrote the theme song to Watch Your Mouth! (1978), a PBS series produced by Ellis Haizlip (Soul!) that also starred Joe Morton (Scandal). She released three albums on CBS-distributed Kirshner Records, Sarah Dash (1978), Oo-La-La (1980), and Close Enough (1981), scoring a massive disco hit with "Sinner Man," which featured Jerry Butler. Throughout the '80s and '90s, she recorded a series of club singles, including "Low Down Dirty Rhythm," plus her fourth solo effort You're All I Need (1988) on EMI-Manhattan Records. Her highly accalimed Gospel project featured several of her own self-penned tracks, including "I'm Still Here," which has since become a show-stopper of her concerts. In between producing her one-woman stage shows, "Dash of Diva" and "Sarah: One Woman," Sarah brought her talent to several different projects. Having worked with a variety of acts like Living Colour, Nile Rodgers, Alice Cooper, The Marshall Tucker Band, The O'Jays, Wilson Pickett and Bo Diddley over the years, she toured and recorded with Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos and appeared on the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels (1989) album. She reunited with Patti and Nona for the #1 club hit "Turn It Out" (1995), received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s "Pioneer Award" in 1999, and recorded the Labelle reunion album Back to Now (2008), featuring productions by Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, and Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. In 2017, the members of Labelle were inducted to the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Music Walk of Fame. She's a member of the Grammy Board of Governors (Philadelphia chapter), serves as the Grammy New Jersey Ambassador for the Advocacy Board of the Membership Committee, and is a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame (2003), as well as the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, she joined fellow legends at the Apollo Theater for the Jazz Foundation of America’s salute to singer Merry Clayton. Sarah Dash has built on a legacy that traces more than 50 years of music. Like the greatest music legends, there is truly no limit to the inspiration Sarah Dash brings to every note she sings.
82:54 16/02/2021
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 48 (Quarantine Series) Dr. Milton Brown
Brown currently serves as Professor of Practice and Director for the Center for Drug Discovery for Rare and Underserved Diseases at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Fellow at the National Academy of Inventors (FNAI). His distinguished career has led to his international recognition as a leader in drug discovery and development research. “We are excited to have Dr. Brown join our Board, bringing his unique talents, expertise and perspectives to FARE and the 32 million Americans living with potentially life-threatening food allergies,” said David G. Bunning, chairman of the Board of Directors for FARE. “Dr. Brown’s passion for medicine is clear, and we know this passion will aid us in our mission to find a cure for food allergies and improve the lives of all those affected.” Dr. Brown is a recipient of the 2015 Percy Julian Award by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers for significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science and has served as a scientific reviewer of grants and programs for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grants, Department of Defense (DOD) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Brown previously served as Deputy Director for Drug Discovery & Development at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Director of the Inova Schar Cancer Center for Drug Discovery at Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to his role on FARE’s Board of Directors, Brown will also serve as a co-chair of FARE’s Voice of the Patient Roundtable: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Roundtable, which is set to be scheduled this fall, is co-chaired by Michael Frazier, FARE Board of National Ambassadors and Advocacy Advisory Committee member, and seeks to bring thought leaders together to find consensus on how patient advocacy organizations can advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the work that they do. Following the event, FARE will publish a blueprint outlining actionable steps to address DEI in food allergy education and research. “In identifying leaders who can play a key role in moving food allergy science and advocacy forward, Dr. Brown stood out as a seasoned professional who has a track record for developing trust in the community and with grateful patients and in maintaining multi-investigator collaborations in academia and industry, locally, nationally and internationally,” said Lisa Gable, chief executive officer for FARE. “We are thrilled to have him join our board and look forward to all we will be able to do together.”
108:55 30/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 47 (Quarantine Series) Junior Giscombe
Junior Giscombe cut his teeth as a backing vocalist with Linx before enjoying success as a solo artist with Mama Used To Say, a 1982 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. His third album, Acquired Taste, was helmed by top producer Arif Mardin. He made the British Top 10 again in 1987, this time alongside Kim Wilde on Another Step (Closer To You). A prolific writer, Junior has penned songs for Maxi Priest, Amy Stewart and Ruby Turner, and collaborated with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott. A reggae reboot of his best known material, featuring duets with the likes of Luciano and Stephen Marley, is released later this year.
84:38 30/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 46 (Quarantine Series) Judge Patricia Titus
Twenty years ago, the People confirmed that Patricia J. Titus was the "Right Choice for Justice," and elected her as Judge of the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles. With Exodus 18:21 as her foundation, Judge Titus' campaign was set apart from its inception. Because of her character, integrity, professional ability and legacy of community involvement, her candidacy garnered endorsements from a broad cross section of national, state, and local elected officials, pastors, community leaders, judges and attorneys. Since February, 2009, Judge Titus has been assigned to the Inglewood Superior Court where she hears requests for domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders and presides over the Drug Court. In honor of her 20th year as a judge and as a community service, she has published the book, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for LIFE: 7 Keys to Supporting Loved Ones Experiencing Domestic Violence.” Using the word “friends” as an acronym, Judge Titus educates, enlightens and empowers the reader by providing an easy-to-follow guide on how to support the people experiencing domestic abuse in their lives. Judge Titus served as the Judicial Advisor for the California Legislative Black Caucus’ Black History exhibit which was on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Sacramento, in San Francisco in the Great Hall of the California Judicial Council and here, in Los Angeles, at the California African American Museum. The exhibit, entitled “And Justice for All,” acknowledged and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the appointment of the first African American Superior Court judge to preside over a California courtroom as well as commemorated the 50th anniversary of the appointment of the first African American Appellate Court justice. Judge Titus has also participated in the Superior Court’s “Adoption Day” where she finalized the adoption of over 40 children into loving homes and she has administered the oath of office to numerous public officials and civic leaders. Prior to her election, she enjoyed a 15-year career as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. A top-level felony trial attorney, she established a reputation for excellence in trial and received national media acclaim when she convicted a prominent Ladera Heights businessman of the domestic violence drowning murder of Michael Jackson’s former sister-in-law, Delores “Dee Dee” Jackson, who was the former wife of Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5. In the trial of this case, she worked with the Trial Support Department of the DA’s Office to draw a female autopsy figure so that the victim’s 58 blunt force traumatic injuries could be accurately detailed. The female autopsy form remains in use to date. Prior to her trial, all victims had been depicted using a male autopsy figure. Her successful prosecution of this case was profiled on Court TV and is highlighted in the book, “For the People,” which chronicles the history of high-profile prosecutions in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office from 1850-2000. While in the DA’s office, Judge Titus wrote the first draft of legislation now known as “The Safely Surrendered Baby Law (S.B. 1368).” Under this legislation, within 72-hours of birth, a mother may surrender her newborn child confidentially at an emergency room or fire station without fear of prosecution for child endangerment or abandonment. Judge Titus is a charter and life member of the Association of African American California Judicial Officers, the California Association of Black Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc., and the John M. Langston Bar Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association Judicial Council, California Judges Association, National Bar Association Judicial Council and the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Titus is a past president of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc., a former trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and a former board member of the National Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, John M. Langston Bar Association, Multicultural Bar Alliance, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Judge Titus was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law. Judge Titus is a member of the Harbor Area Chapter (CA) of The Links, Incorporated and the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a Registered Parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and a member of Toastmasters International with the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster. In her free time, Judge Titus enjoys exercising, shopping, traveling and Happy Planning.
63:44 30/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 45 (Quarantine Series) Jeremy Winston
Jeremy Winston is an innovative leader that helps individuals share their passions and talents with the global community.  He is the founder of The Jeremy Winston Chorale, LLC and Assistant Professor of Music and Chorus Director at Central State University (CSU) in Ohio.   He is a visionary with emphasis in orchestral and choral composing, choral directing, orchestral conducting, collegiate education, classical singing, and leadership training. Passionate about music, Jeremy discovers talent in often­ignored areas of the country and shapes it for national and international stages.  Performances with The Jeremy Winston Chorale and CSU Chorus include: ● The White House for President Barack Obama and The First Lady Michelle Obama (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). ● Gold Medal Champion for World Choir Games:  A Choral Competition ● Guest Conductor for Czech National Symphony Orchestra (2016, 2015, 2014) ● Critically acclaimed European tour of Hamburg, Durbach, Frankfurt (Germany), and Strassbourg, France. ● Viral (over 4 million views) YouTube & Facebook Video of flash mob singing Oh, Happy Day in Hamburg, Germany. ● Guest Conductor for EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Medellin, Colombia (2015). ● Two inaugural performances of Wynton Marsalis’ works including All Rise with Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and Mass with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Before entering education as a full­time instructor, Jeremy served as the Ray Charles Distinguished Chair of Sacred and Choral Music at Wilberforce University where he lead the growth and curriculum development of the program to be the leading major at the institution. Jeremy’s arrangements and compositions have been performed by many leading musicians and musical groups including Grammy­winning group Take6, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Wintley Phipps, and numerous high school, collegiate, and professional ensembles. In addition to being a professional musician, Jeremy is husband, father of three girls, a squash player, and a cook.
86:04 05/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 44 (Quarantine Series) Chris Willis
Make no mistake: You know and love the voice—and it belongs to Chris Willis. At once soulful and gritty, Willis’ voice has fueled numerous dance and top 40 pop hits, including the 2007 charttopper, “Love Is Gone,” which dominated charts around the world, and “Everytime We Touch,” a Top 10 European smash earlier this year. In a world of sound-alike dance divas, Willis is that rare male vocalist doing dance music successfully. But the man does more than sing. He’s an accomplished producer and stellar songwriter.
59:51 05/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 43 (Quarantine Series) Selimah Nemoy
Selimah Nemoy is a storyteller, journalist, and author of SINCE I LOST MY BABY: A MEMOIR OF TEMPTATIONS, TROUBLE & TRUTH (OG Press, June 2020). Born in Los Angeles, her coming-of-age journey was shaped by soul music in the 1960s, then by the turbulent, multicultural 1970s in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. It was in Oakland that she fell in love with African dance.Selimah served with the (President Bill Clinton) White House Press Corps in 1994, and as the English editor for both an Italian-American and a Japanese-American newspaper. Her play, THE DADDIES, was performed at the Buriel Clay Theatre in San Francisco’s Western Addition, and her short story, GOODBYE, received first place at the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference.
78:45 05/11/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 42 (Quarantine Series) Kim and Kandy
Raised in California, Kim and Kandy have always been interested in music. They began singing in church around the age of five, gospel tunes were a niche for them. Performing in their church’s youth group was always a thrill for them and is what really sparked their passion with singing. They began performing and touring with various gospel artists like Shirley Caesar and Andrae Crouch. In 1989, they decided to group up with their sister Krystal Johnson to form The Johnson Sisters. They were able to perform with many prestigious artists like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, R. Kelly, The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire and many others. In 2004, The Johnson Sisters were nominated for a Grammy for their Dreamworks recording “Busted”. The Johnson Sisters also had many important appearances on shows like Oprah Winfrey Show, Soul Train, General Hospital, BET 106th & Park, Ally McBeal Show and more. Now, Kim and Kandy have decided to take a new approach and launch a singing career with one another. They have a soulful-country vibe that can’t be replicated, really drawing the people into their unique sound. Currently, they are working on writing and recording a new album to share with the world soon.
79:07 08/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 41 (Quarantine Series) Charles McCoy (Mr. Charles)
A true Chicago native. Charles McCoy is affectionately and professionally known as Mr. Charles... Hairstylist To The Stars. His work has been seen in fashion magazines, music videos, album covers and he is a sought after stylist that is in high demand at video shoots and award shows like the Oscar Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Image Awards, and Soul Train Awards. This Master "Sizzor Wizard" learned the ropes from watching his esteemed Mother ... a true Chicago a kid, who owned one of the most respected Hair Salons in Chicago. Mr. Charles grew up in an upper middle class environment. His mother and father were black business owners and Chicago movers and shakers. Mr. Charles and his family... eventually moved to Los Angeles where they set up a number of successful Hair Salons... which immediately attracted celebrities and top clients. Mr. Charles served our country in the Coast Guard, he has developed his own line of hair products and he takes pride in his grandchildren... that carry the smooth "good looking" McCoy Trademark. Tremendously Mr. Charles is also a cancer survivor. In 2019... Mr. Charles was hospitalized... undergoing, several extensive operations... At which... during those procedures... he flat lined 4 times. Doctors call him a "Walking Miracle" because somehow only by God's grace he survived all 4 of the flat lines. Mr. Charles' personal life journey has been full of ups and downs, crazy turn arounds and most of all GAME CHANGES.Today he is busy working on a captivating book... that will display his life's journey... as well as describe his INCREDIBLE experience with death... detailing what he saw and felt when he flat lined... The Chicago native is also creating a brand new social media platform, which will feature his hair techniques and spotlight celebrity clients. Mr. Charles' personal life journey has been full of ups and downs, crazy turn arounds and most of all GAME CHANGES. Mr. Charles... continues to inspire and guide young people who hope to work in Hollywood. He has kept his Mother's legacy alive by carrying the family torch upholding the McCoy name as a GOAT in the hair industry. Mr. Charles... has more than 30 years under his a hairstylist trendsetter... and as he reflects on his life journey he makes one thing clear. He is thankful to STILL BE ALIVE... and when it comes to The journey of MR CHARLES... The Best Is Yet To Come.
61:51 07/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 39 (Quarantine Series) Pastor Victor Brooks Sr.
It was a true honor to welcome my father Pastor Victor Brooks Sr. to The Victor Brooks Show for Father's Day. Dad shared memories of growing up in Baltimore Md, his college and professional life, his career as a minister, pioneering the foster care program of Youthville USA in Memphis, Tennessee and continuing the efforts in South Central Los Angeles. Pastor Brooks's life journey has truly been dedicated to the civil rights of others, family and the importance of taking his ministry to the streets, not only in the pulpit. He talks of his times with Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Nina Simone and others as a partnership for equality and change for so many.
93:14 07/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 38 (Quarantine Series) Tomi Jenkins (Original Member of Cameo)
The passage of time has seen Cameo maintain an outstanding presence through the years with their signature style and unique sound, even as the music business has continually changed. They have been sampled and covered by multiple artists over the years, and Tomi is co-writer of some of Cameo’s hugest hits including Single Life, Back and Forth, Talking Out the Side of Your Neck, She’s Strange, Candy, and monster world-wide hit (also nominated for a Grammy) Word Up. Cameo's Artistry is played on the radio to this day, and is a quintessential cultural shout-out on the now widely used phrase ‘word up’, which is still a part of New York Hip-Hop culture’s vernacular expressions. Cameo has truly been part of the backbone of Black music history in America, and Tomi graciously shared with us the groups’ origins and his own amazing experiences with Cameo, and in the music business.
77:41 07/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 37 (Quarantine Series) Janice Marie Johnson of A Taste Of Honey
Singer/bassist/guitarist/songwriter Janice Marie Johnson, as a founding member of A Taste of Honey, sang lead on the million-selling hits "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and a cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 gold hit "Sukiyaki." The group won the 1978 Grammy for Best New Artist. The number one R&B/pop "Boogie Oogie Oogie" was used in a national TV ad campaign by fast food chain Burger King during summer 1999. The track has also been sampled by hip-hop and rap groups MC Lyte, Mac 10, and others. Johnson also sang background vocals on Lionel Richie's ten-million-selling LP Can't Slow Down. Capitol Records released as a part of their Double Shot series a two-album single CD that included the group's debut album, A Taste of Honey (includes a 12" remix of "Boogie Oogie Oogie") and Twice As Sweet (includes "Sukiyaki") in January 2000. The Los Angeles native, whose father was a musician, started playing music as a small child. Growing up, Johnson sang in L.A.-area jazz clubs, opening for Miles Davis, among others. While attending college she began playing bass. About 1971, Johnson met keyboardist Percy Kibble while auditioning for a vacation cruise gig with Princess Cruises lines, and the two started a band using the title of one of their favorite songs, "A Taste of Honey," as the band's moniker. Adding guitarist Hazel Payne and drummer Donald Johnson, they began playing Southern California bars and military bases in the U.S. and abroad. After meeting with producers Fonce Mizell (formerly of the Motown songwriting/arranging/producing collective The Corporation that had hits with the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "The Love You Save") and his brother Larry Mizell who had success with LTD ("Love Ballad"), the group was signed to Capitol Records by Larkin Arnold after meeting him after a performance at the wedding of Smokey Robinson's bass player. While playing before a staring, apathetic audience during a gig at an airbase in San Bernardino, CA, Johnson improvised these lyrics: "If you're thinking that you're too cool to boogie/we've got news for you/everyone here tonight must boogie/and you are no exception to the rule." The infamous bass solo intro on "Boogie Oogie Oogie" came about when Johnson was warming up before the recording session unaware that she was being recorded. The single "Boogie Oogie Oogie" b/w "World Spin" sold more than two million copies, and topped Billboard's charts at number one R&B/pop for three weeks in fall 1978. After the huge success of "Boogie Oogie Oogie," Johnson detested the group being labeled as a "disco group," but that would change later in a big way. The follow-up single, the slinky funky "Do It Good" b/w "I Love You" went to number 13 R&B in summer 1979. The A Taste of Honey album went platinum, going to number six pop in summer 1978. A Taste of Honey was a favorite in Japan long before signing with Capitol, having traveled there to play military bases and entering the Yamaha Song Festival. One of Johnson's favorite records was Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki." After hearing Linda Ronstadt's version of Smokey's "Oo Baby Baby," Johnson decided that the group (now Johnson and Payne) should do a remake of a classic song. Contacting her Japanese subpublisher who in turn contacted the original writers, Rokusuke EI and Hachidai Nakamura, to get permission to redo the song with English lyrics. After employing two translators, one of which came up with lyrics that were close to the bittersweet theme of the original song title, which translated into English as "I Look Up When I Walk (To Keep the Tears From Falling)," Johnson decided to add her own original lyrics to the song.
86:08 04/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 36 (Quarantine Series) Dr. H. Jean Wright ll
Dr H. Jean Wright ll is a highly experienced, professionally trained Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in the city of Philadelphia, PA. The seasoned psychologist of more than seventeen years currently serves as an administrator for the city and Adjunct Professor, Temple University Department of Psychology. Dr. Wright leads the city’s cross-system collaboration initiative, working with criminal justice stakeholders within the adult criminal justice system to enhance the delivery of behavioral health services for people in recovery involved in the justice system. With the assistance of a dynamic team, Dr. Wright was able to usher in a more cohesive relationship between the Department of Behavioral Health and Justice Partners. As a result, the lines of communication improved, as well as the efficiency, and provided a wide range of opportunities for citizens returning from incarceration. Prior to his current responsibilities; Dr. Wright served as Associate Director of Clinical Management for the city’s non-profit managed care organization, where he had the awesome responsibility of overseeing clinical care managers and staff stationed at Family Court. Dr. Wright also served as Clinical Director of the Juvenile Justice initiative, within the Philadelphia Behavioral Health System and Program Director for city’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) initiative, which is one of Philadelphia’s signature public health education initiatives. Before coming to Philadelphia; Dr. Wright served as a clinical and forensic psychologist in the State of Ohio’s Rehabilitation and Correction System, maintained a caseload in private practice, and adjunct professor at Wilberforce University, the oldest historically black college in the United States. Dr. Wright has actively participated on several boards including The Mayor’s Task Force on Reintegration, The Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on Gaming, The Philadelphia Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, The American Bar Association Barriers Project, and Youthville USA, Inc. Board of Directors, where he was Clinical Director of Therapeutic Foster Care Group Homes, in Raleigh, NC. Currently, he is a member of the American Psychological Association serving on Division 41, American Psychology-Law and Society Continuing Education committee, as well as a member of Division 36, Society for Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Using his extensive knowledge from years of experience, Dr. Wright has contributed to psychological research and literature with several papers and articles focusing on people of color and the effects of depression and anxiety. He has written several articles published in journals, educational newsletters, and faith-based magazines, including The Education Highway, Healthy Horizons, The Pacific Press, and The Lake Union Herald, where his contribution focused on the connection between psychology, faith, and spirituality. Dr. Wright recently completed a book: Find Strength In Your Struggle: Discover The Miracle In You, which highlights his concept of “spiritual depression” and how it impacts the spiritual core of people from all walks of life. He also spends considerable time conducting seminars, workshops, and trainings on a variety of topics related to behavioral health and wellness, public health education, and trauma-informed care, for a diverse group of clientele, including law enforcement, rehabilitation and correction, academic institutions, Judicial Appointees, faith-based organizations, and community service agencies providing behavioral health resources and support to people in recovery in the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
76:58 04/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 35 (Quarantine Series) Marla Gibbs
It is truly and honor to welcome a television and entertainment Icon, the legendary Marla Gibbs. Star of the Jeffersons and 227, Marla Gibbs also talks about her upbringing in Chicago and her move to Los Angeles. Marla gives us an insight into her passion to give back to her community and opening her music dinner club, Marla's Memory Lane. Ms., Gibbs reminds us all that "It's never to late to live your dreams.
71:42 04/10/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 34 (Quarantine Series) Freda Payne
Singer and actress Freda Charcelia Payne was born September 19, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, to Frederick and Charsilee Payne. Payne attended Palmer Elementary School and Crossman Elementary School; she also modeled and took ballet and Afro-Cuban dance. In 1956, while at Hutchins Middle School, Payne appeared on the nationally televised Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour; singing jingles, she was featured on WJR radio’s Make Way for Youth, in addition to many other local television and radio shows. Payne’s mother spurned a contract from the then unknown Barry Gordy. When she graduated from Central High School in 1959, Payne began touring with Pearl Bailey’s musical review and sang with the Duke Ellington Band. Payne’s first album was After the Lights Go Down for ABC’s Impulse Records in 1962. Moving to New York City in 1963, Payne made appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show and The Dick Cavette Show. In 1964, Payne joined the Four Tops, Billy Eckstine, and Nipsey Russell on the Quincy Jones Tour. Payne was understudy for Leslie Uggams in Broadway’s Hallelujah Baby! in 1967; she also performed in the Equity Theatre production of Lost in the Stars. Stardom for Payne began when she signed with Invictus Records, a label run by her old Detroit friends Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., and Lamont Dozier (formerly of Motown) in 1969. Payne’s smash single Band of Gold, released in 1970, was ranked #1 in the United Kingdom and #3 in the United States; it was her first gold record. Payne’s other hits included Deeper and Deeper, You Brought Me Joy, and the anti-war, Bring the Boys Home. As her star kept rising, Payne began appearing in television specials and touring the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Although she left Invictus in 1973, date Payne continued recording, pressing twenty-one albums, including several remakes of Band of Gold. In 1974, Payne made the cover of Jet magazine after she was dubbed a Dame of Malta, by the Knights of Malta and the Sovereign Military, and Hospital Order of St. John of Jerusalem by the Prince of Rumania. Payne hosted Today’s Black Woman, a talk show, in 1980 and 1981, before joining the cast of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies in 1982. Payne also starred in productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Della Reese, The Blues in the Night, Jellies Last Jam with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover in the 1990s. Payne’s film appearances include: Private Obsession in 1995; Sprung in 1997; Ragdoll in 1999; The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps in 2000; and Fire and Ice in 2001. Returning to her jazz roots, Payne later toured with Darlene Love in a critically acclaimed revue entitled Love and Payne. 
79:59 28/08/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 33 (Quarantine Series) Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid and Play
The name, "Play", comes from his original MC name, "Playboy", which originated with a group called "Quicksilver and the Super Lovers",[1] which featured producer Hurby Luv Bug. It was with this group that he met Christopher "Kid" Reid, who was using the name "Kid Coolout" with a group called The Turnout Brothers. In time, all of the members of their respective groups moved on, and decided that they could work together as a duo. By shortening their nicknames, it would lead to the start of the group Kid 'n Play. With Kid, Play recorded three successful albums and starred in four hip-hop based comedy films: House Party, House Party 2, Class Act, and House Party 3. After the duo split in 1995, Play became a born-again Christian and focused on Christian hip hop. Today, Play is the founder and CEO of HP4 Digital, a pre- and post-production multimedia company for film, digital media, and theater. In 2010, Play starred as an undercover DEA agent in the independent film, The Return, which is currently in post-production and whose trailer can be seen on[2][3] Play was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.[4] [5] Personal life Martin, who is also the cousin of Martin Lawrence and Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, was born in Queens, New York. He is a graduate of the High School of Art and Design, in New York City. Martin has a son, Skyler Martin, with ex-wife Shari Headley (an actress best known for her role in the 1988 comedy Coming To America starring Eddie Murphy). The couple married in May 1993 and divorced in June 1995. Martin also has a child with his ex-girlfriend Janae Yvonne Jackson, named Vannessa Martin-Jackson, born in the 80's. Martin now resides in Durham, North Carolina, and was a hip hop teacher at North Carolina Central University until budget cuts forced the school to let him go in 2009. Upon learning of the firing, students began a petition for Martin to be given back the position, along with 9th Wonder. Martin also likes to devote time to the non-profit group Campaign 4 Change.
78:58 28/08/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 32 (Quarantine Series) The Whispers
One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. They began singing together as "the Eden trio" created by Nicholas Caldwell and Marcus Hutson. Later, they were renamed "The Whispers" by Lou Bedell of Dore Records. The group recorded nine singles for the Dore label between 1964 and 1967. Their fame grew in the Bay Area while performing in a series of what was known as "The Battle of the Bands" where they competed against other local acts for their fans appreciation and affection. In 1969 they released "The Time Will Come" for a small L.A. based label Soul Clock Records, and subsequently recorded their first Top 10 R&B hit, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," in 1970 when the group switched to Janus Records. By 1971 Gordy Harmon decided to leave the group and was replaced by Leaveil Degree who had previously sung with "The Friends of Distinction". The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the seventies and eighties. The Whispers were the first artists featured on the newly formed Soul Train label (co- owned by the TV show's creator and host Don Cornelius and entrepreneur Dick Griffey). They gained national attention with their seventies albums, "One For The Money", "Open Up Your Love", and "Headlights" producing two singles that graced Billboard's Top 20 R&B Charts: "(Let's Go) All the Way" and "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out". Their first platinum album "The Whispers" (1980) highlighted "A Song For Donny," a song written by Carrie Lucas in memory of Donny Hathaway, and their biggest hit "And The Beat Goes On." It was their most successful selling album (double platinum). The neoclassic "Lady," written by group member Nicholas Caldwell, is still a favorite at concerts. 1987's "Just Gets Better with Time", went platinum. It featured the R&B number 1 and US Top 10 pop entry "Rock Steady", a collaboration with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Their vocal style harkens back to a more genteel era of crooning, preferring soft pillow talk and songs that speak to heartfelt emotions. They are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors of twins Walter and Scotty. In the 1990s, The Whispers joined the Capitol Records family releasing more favorites. Expanding their creative horizons, brothers Walter and Scotty cut "My Brothers Keeper", a critically acclaimed duet album in 1993, scoring another R&B hit with a cover of the Intruders' "I Wanna Know Your Name." "Toast to the Ladies" released in 1995 featured a collection of love songs dedicated to women all overthe world. In 1997 the group moved to Interscope Records where they featured the works of Babyface once again with their album, "Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface". Marcus stopped performing with the group in 1989 due to ill health, and in 2000, when he passed on, the Whispers vowed never to replace him. In the new millennium the group still performs around the world to thousands of loyal fans. The group has not made any personnel changes and still consists of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, and Leaveil Degree. They have taken Las Vegas by storm, selling out in various casinos and hotels, and they have a tremendous following on the West and East coasts, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St. Louis, Indiana, and Chicago. On September 23, 2003, The Whispers' four decades of accomplishments were acknowledged when Charlie Thomas of the Drifters inducted them into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. On June 12, 2005, The San Francisco Chapter of the Grammy Awards presented the Whispers with the prestigious Governors Award, the highest honor bestowed by an Academy Chapter. They continue to perform to sell-out crowds all over the world, and their popularity continues to grow among youth whose parents "raised" them on the Whispers' music. They are one of only a few "old School" groups that can boast of having over 40 years in the industry with a worldwide fan base, maintaining their vocal dominance and original members. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Four Decades of Pop and R & B Favorites, Seven Gold Albums, Two Platinum Albums, 12 Top Twenty Singles, 40 Charted Hits Since 1970, American Music Award Nominees, Soul Train Award Nominees, Grammy Award Nominees 2003 Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductees, 2005 Regional Grammy Governors Award, 2002 NAACP Image AwardSHOW LESS2 Comments
69:55 28/08/2020
The Victor Brooks Show Episode 31 (Quarantine Series) Eddie Levert Of The O'Jays
Eddie Levert, Sr. is one of the founders and lead singers of the legendary R&B group, The O'Jays. Known for his raspy voice and sexy moves, Eddie has a range that takes him from alto to second tenor. His style is full of emotion and deep passion. To add to his resume, Levert has written and produced many hits as well as mentoring his very successful sons Gerald and Sean who also became major forces in the music industry. With a career that spans over 50 years, Eddie Levert has done and seen enough to write many books, one of which him and his late son Gerald have already completed ('I Got Your Back' pub. 2008). To understand Eddie Levert, you can start with the journey of the O'Jays and keep going because there is much more. Eddie Levert was born June 16, 1942 in Bessemer, Alabama. At the age of 6 Eddie moved to Canton, Ohio where he attended church regularly and joined the church choir and began his musical journey. As Eddie continued singing into his teenage years he became a recognized voice in the church choir, sang in school plays and performed regularly on a gospel radio show. By the time he reached high school, young Eddie Levert knew that singing was what he wanted to do, teaming up with classmates Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles to form a group called the Triumps. The Triumps played locally in Canton opening for different acts, playing sock hops and just about everything that came up. Their big break came when The Triumphs traveled to Cinncinatti to canvas King Records. King Records President Sid Nathan, immediately impressed, changed their name to The Mascots and signed them to his label. The Mascots’ popularity grew as their songs could be heard with increased frequency on Cleveland radio stations. In 1969, The O’Jays signed with Philadelphia International Records where they released hit after hit and were propelled to stardom. The O'Jays later signed with EMI-Manhattan Records and Levert and Williams began co-writing and producing their own tracks. Their EMI debut album, “Let Me Touch You”, went to number three R&B and boasted "Lovin' You," the number one R&B hit from the summer 1987. In 1984, Eddie saw a proud moments as his sons Gerald and Sean, both still in high school, announced that they wanted to follow their dad's footsteps and make their way in the music industry. Eddie, using his influence, introduced his young sons around the industry while warning them that dad could help open the doors but it was themselves that would have to make it! And make it they did, as they teamed up with good friend Marc Gordon recording under the group name LeVert with four of their seven albums going platinum. In 1992 Eddie and son Gerald recorded "Baby Hold On to Me" which hit #1 R&B and #37 Pop on the charts. In 1995 Eddie and son Gerald recorded "Father & Son" Album with "Already Missing You" hit #7 R&B and #75 Pop on the charts. The album began the very successful 'Father and Son" tour that continues for years to come. In 1996 Eddie and son Gerald recorded "Wind Beneath My Wings" which hit #30 on the R&B charts. In 1998 The O’Jays receive the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award presented by Eddie Levert’s son Gerald at a ceremony in New York. In 2006, upon returning from a very successful South African tour with sons Gerald and Sean, tragedy struck as Eddie’s son Gerald unexpectingly lost his life due to interactions between his prescribed medications. In 2007 Eddie and son Gerald’s album recorded in 2006, "Something To Talk About" was released followed by the publication of the highly anticipated book "I Got Your Back" co-authored by Eddie and son Gerald. In 2008 tragedy struck again as Eddie’s son Sean became a fatality of being denied needed prescription medication by government officials in Ohio. Later that year, while still trying to cope with the lost of both sons, Eddie and his late son Gerald are presented with "Best Duo or Group" Image Award. In 2009, The O’Jays were awarded BET’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and Eddie Levert was awarded the “Heroes and Legends Pacesetter Award”. On January 29, 2011 The O’Jays received the “Trumpet Lifetime Achievement Award”. Throughout Eddie Levert’s career, the O’Jays have contributed 10 Gold Albums with 9 going Platinum and 10 #1 hits. Currently, Mr. Levert is actively performing and touring the world with the O’Jays well as performing as a solo artist currently touring with Johhny Gill, Keith Sweat and others.. In the Winter of 2011, Eddie Levert, Sr. completed his debut solo CD, “Eddie Levert: I Still Have It”, due to be released Spring of 2012. Mr. Levert is currently busy in the studio working on his next major project; the much anticipated release of the latest O’Jays CD. Throughout Eddie Levert’s career, the O’Jays have contributed 10 Gold. Eddie Levert currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with his wife Raquel and daughter Ryan.
64:21 26/08/2020

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