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"20 Feet From Stardom" 


Reflections on the film “20 Feet From Stardom”

January 21, 2014

As one of many independent artists and studio singers I was pleased to see part of my story be told and watch it rise in the ranks with other powerful films to Oscar consideration and nomination to achieve the best in its category. This well-made and engaging film hits the mark of effective filmmaking and documentary story telling in that the narratives of each of the four main characters are clear and distinct. Visuals complementing the…

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Prelude to Mandela 


Prelude to Mandela

My journey to meet Nelson Mandela was first kindled unknowingly when I met Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu.  Both were recording artists exiled from their South African home and living in Pasadena.  They hired me as one of a few studio singers to perform on their new album to be released in Africa and Europe.  That was the first amazing musical journey across the ocean to  Africa.  Caiphus led the procession in perfect rhythm.  We learned each song phonetically and he demonstrated…

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Shawshank Redemption 


Written & Directed by Frank Darabont


            In a seamless stream of narration on timeless   themes, Shawshank Redemption is one of many favorite screen stories.  As the title affirms, it is about deliverence and redemption that follow a journey of hope through the bowels of hell.  This journey unveils the core of our humanity.  It covers a period of two decades inside the drab and oppressive setting of Shawshank State Penitentiary.  This backdrop mirrors the hardened men and…

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