Gospel Icon- Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann The New Sound to Gospel Music Before Her Music: Tamela Jean Johnson was born on June 9, 1966 in Texas. By the age of 12 she was signing in the church choir and was also selected to sing many solos. Soon she would flourish not only in church but also high school and […]

John Legend

John Rogers Stephens:The New Genre: R & B Early Life: John Legend was born as John Roger Stephens on December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. He is the son of Phyllis Elaine ( a seamstress) and Ronald Lamar Stephens ( a factory worker). His parents were separate for 12 years before getting remarried to each […]

Charles Parker_Bebop King

Charles Parker “Bird”/”Yardbird” 12 Facts About Charles Parker: 1. Charles “Charlie” Parker Jr was born on August 29, 1920. 2. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas. 3. He went by two nicknames, “Bird” and “Yardbird”. 4. He was an American Jazz Saxophonist and composer. 5. He was on of the many influential leaders in […]

The One and Only; James Scott

The One & Only: James Scott James Scott’s Background: James Sylvester Scott (James Scott) was born on February 12, 1885 in Neosho, Missouri.   Scott died on August 30th , 1938 (at the age of 53) in Kansas City, Kansas.   Although, his genre of music was ragtime he also took part in march and […]

The Blue Kings: Riley B. King

The Blues Legend: Mr. Riley B. King The Beginning: Riley B. King ( aka B.B. King) was on September 16, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi to the parents of Albert and Nora Ella King. After a few years, Ella King left her husband for another men leaving Riley King to his grandmother where he would join […]

The First Fisk Jubilee Group of Many..

The First Fisk Jubilee Singers: The Impact on the World The Fisk Jubilee Singers were an African American group formed by students attending Fisk University in 1871. In the beginning the sole purpose of organizing this group was to raise funds for the college through singing traditional spirituals but also some songs by Stephen Foster. […]

The Life of Rastaman Bob Marley

The Life of Rastaman Bob Marley “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”~ The Great Bob Marley Who is Robert Nesta Marley? Robert Nests Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Colony of Jamaica. He was born to the parents of Norval Sinclair […]

1860 Negro Spiritual Breakdown

1 The 8 Negro 6 Spiritual 0 Breakdown Negro Spirituals: Define: The songs which were sung by the black slaves in the United States in the 18th and 19th century. This is because Black slaves turned to religion as a way to cope with the pain of slavery. Each song is unique to the type […]

FOLK LEGEND-ODETTA HOLMES

Folk Fairy, Blues Beast & Ballads Beauty – Odetta Holmes Early Life, Career & Death: Odetta Holmes was born on December 13, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to the parents of Flores Sanders and Reuben Holmes. When her father died in 937, her and her mom moved to Los Angeles, she then began to study classical […]