Most of my favorite singer’s birthdays seem to be in the month of March.
Their music like verdant landscapes inspiring me with floral essences of sun soaking life and so, I always approached what they had to give with enthusiasm and joy.
Their songs have growing influence on the world and continue to have lingering effects on my life as a singer, writer and musician.
Recently deceased, Al Jarreau’s was on the 12th of March and I loved the way that he could do almost anything with his voice, and the fact that he would do it with a smile. The smile definitely makes a difference for me.
Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist George Benson celebrated his on the 22nd of March. Chaka Khan’s birthday was on the 23rd of March. I used to once have a repertoire of songs to sing with my band that consisted of about ten Chaka songs. Her voice is definitely one worth listening to because she sings with attitude and very jazzy, which are two qualities I really love.
My two favorite singers in the world celebrate their birthday on the same day which is on March 27th; Sarah Vaughan and Mariah Carey which are ironically exactly three months and three weeks away from my birthday. Three is a love number. They both are my biggest influence s in music and I love them dearly.
Billy Grant, bass player and wonderful singer and friend celebrates his birthday on the 9th of March. The voice that comes out of his mouth is like a stream of silkiness that you would just love. But then out his on a bass and your jaw will drop. He is amazing. Another great friend of mine and fellow singer, Dalthannette Munlin, who has one of the prettiest whistle tones today, celebrates her birthday on the 16th of March. And today is the birthday of Aretha Franklin.
Happy birthday to the fierce and ambitious singer and staple of the music culture, Aretha franklin who created bops for the ages with the most versatile voice and a hinge of royal personality. She is the Queen of soul; nobility without question. I speak of her with candor because she impacted my world in so many ways. Confidence with her voice gesturing with emotion, was her strength. The charming and enchanting sounds of her music are definitely an inspiration.
soul, Aretha Franklin. The song was written
by singer/songwriter Otis Redding and first
ever sung by Otis Redding in 1965.
A cover of the popular tune was performed
live by the Bartlett Contemporaries which
featured Randall Burney on vocals, Charles Bartlett on trumpet, Carl Bartlett Jr on
saxophone, Devorah Evans on vocals, Billy Grant on bass, Stephanie Jeannot on
vocals, Tony Lewis on drums, Robert Meeks on keys, Robert Stringer on trombone and Arty White on guitar and I want to dedicate it to Aretha Franklin and to all the March-Born Singers that influenced my life. Check out our performance here:
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