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Gladys Knight and Howard Hewett Perform (Interviews)
Now That's Entertainment Presents Gladys Knight and Howard Hewett
Gladys Knight, new CD is entitled, "Another Journey"
One of the best Rhythm and Blues performers, is Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul." Promoter, Rick Coley, presented this illustrious singer along with the multi-talented #Howard Hewett and extremely funny, comedian Trina B Real, served as host. A shout out was given to the MADD Team, who are supporters of this event. It was an evening of exemplary talent, that left audience members amazed and delighted. The combination of Gladys and Howard, gave audience members their money's worth.
Gladys Knight, "The Empress of Soul"
This explosive source of talent, slowly walked out on stage prodigiously. "She was so down to earth. Gladys, didn't have a lot of smoke or fog before she came out. We, didn't expect Gladys to start her show so early after intermission but then suddenly, she just walked out. We were like, Its Gladys!" said Jaleesa. "She is the epitome of "an old pro. Gladys Knight, performs old school songs that compels my heart to pure joy, said Gloria." One of the first songs Gladys Knight, sang was I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Knight gave a little history as she explained, "This song was stolen by Marvin Gaye. . ." She then went on to laugh about how much fun her and the tremendously stepping Pips, would have with Marvin Gaye during their tours back in the day. #I Heard It Through the Grapevine, "Was the biggest record at Motown, said Gladys. She went on to give thanks to her audience for their support.
Fans that go way back reminisced with Gladys as she performed her many hit songs. David and his brother Rodney, explained how much they enjoyed the show. Rodney, took time to acknowledge, "I enjoyed the show, although her voice has changed and it sounds really good. It was about twenty five years ago, when my wife and I saw Gladys." This timeless source of talent touched our lives through her beautiful love songs then and Gladys continues to captivate audiences today.
The Empress of Soul, #Gladys Knight casually explained, "I always choose my music by its lyrical content. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, means gossiping. My momma said, 'Don't do that.' We said, lets write a song with my cousin and brother Bubba." Gladys, wrangled her hair by use of a raised hand which brought intensity to the performance. Then softly she sang this awesome hit, I Don't Wanna Do Wrong, as the audience went into an uproar of applauds. The next compelling song was If I Was Your Woman. This caused Gladys to talk about how, "You are made to say things while people are here because tomorrow is never promised." Her powerful point was that we should tell people we love them, not after they are dead or when they are no longer around but while they are here.
Gladys Knight, continued her performance with a song dedicated to the audience that she has sang thousands of times,You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. This talented artist also did a rendition of #Sam Smith's, Stay With Me that was just powerful. An audience member screamed, "Hi Gladys, I love you!" Gladys responded, "Hi, I love you too!" She continued to sing harmoniously without missing a beat. That is the sign of a pure pro. She went on to talk about a tour done with the #O'Jays. Both Gladys and Gerald Levert, lead singer of the group loss sons in death. One of her male background singers performed Levert's hit, Baby Hold Onto Me as Gladys joined in. It was quite enduring. The majority of audience the evening were Jehovah's Witnesses. They put complete trust in the Bible's promise that Jesus spoke of at John 5:28 and 29, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,. . ." (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures) May this magnificent promise from our gracious and loving Heavenly Father Jehovah God, give Gladys and Gerald Levert, peace as well as each of us individually.
Gladys Knight, is "A seven-time Grammy Award winner and is best known for hits she made with her brother Bubba and cousins Edward Patten and William Guest." (Wikipedia) Gladys has also won numerous awards when she performed songs for television and film. Gladys, is a proud "Georgia peach." One of her final songs for the evening was the powerful song, The Way We Were. An article entitled, Top 4 Performers of The Way We Were was created based on Gladys' performance of this song. The performers were Gladys, Barbara Streisand, Gerald Alston and Beyoncé. Numerous audience members voted for Gladys as the best performer of this powerful love song. Another tear jerker for the evening was, Neither One of Us which also inspired the audience to brake out in applauds once again.
It was an evening of memorable love songs. Linda, excitedly stated, "I was dazzled to the point that I had to thank our Grand Creator #Jehovah God, for the creativity of enchanting voices such as Gladys Knight's and the composition of music that surrounds us daily." Yes, Gladys is an outstanding source of talent that put on an awe inspiring show that we will never forget with the help of her outstanding band members. Even her brother Bubba's exciting performance of #Uptown Funk brought laughter and applauds from the audience. "It was worth every penny," said Gloria. Sandra Johnson said, "Gladys, was really good. She was excellent." Thanks Gladys, for an amazing performance.
Howard Hewett, performs one of his powerful hits.
Howard Hewett, is still one of the most powerful male performers.
Howard Hewett, Is A Premier Vocalist
With great anticipation, the audience was inspired to applaud by Trina B Real, who served as host for the evening. She, was a source of pure, comedic talent that understands how to keep it clean. I spoke with her manager Larry Ice Thompson, who has been in the business for more than twenty seven years. "Trina B Real, is a multitalented comedian." She had a flare for telling jokes that portrayed life from a hilarious perspective. Trina, then inspired the audience that they should be thrilled about the upcoming performance of the very talented Howard Hewett. With a certain swagger, he appeared on stage with this message for the audience, "Don't sound like y'all ready to party. Make some noise. I can't hear you. If you know the words you can sing." Audience members gladly responded as they sang along with Hewett. He went old school when he talked about the moments in the basement with blue lights. He slowly went into the performance of a major hit for Hewett, Once, Twice, Three Times which he passionately sang.
Howard Hewett, reminisced about his days with the group Shalamar, when they performed such major hits as The Second Time Around and This Love Is Forever. Howard, also talked about, "How many people love, love songs. I love that love songs last forever and ever." The awesome love song he was about to perform was created about 15 or 20 years ago yet, "It is still cold blooded," expressed Hewett. Such inspirational words were stated as, "Take my hand and show me that you understand." Poetic words, that grasp the attention and admiration of the audience as they went into exalted screams. Hewett, continuously invited the audience to join him as he sang. With wholehearted participation, they joined Hewett, with jubilant words of love.
Howard, admitted with genuine excitement that, "Some people probably got married by this song but don't blame it on me." He exquisitely sang words such as "This is for the Lover in you. This ring, it means I'll always be true. This time is gonna last forever." Hewett, is not only a man of passion but also a very spiritual man, who seeks the approval of his Heavenly Father. According to one Rolling Stone writer, "Howard Hewett, is the premier vocalist in the post Marvin Gaye era of romantic pop. Like Gaye, Hewett soars to new heights. . ." Another prominent writer, went on to talk about how, "Among the great pure vocalists of the urban contemporary era, Howard Hewett has seldom found material worthy of his tremendous skills. Hewett danced on Soul Train and began one-third of Shalamar, with Jeffery Daniels and Jody Watley in 1979. They had several big hit before Hewett departed for a solo career in 1985." Hewett, has not missed a step as one of the most talented performers that exist today.
Howard's new CD, includes New Music by Howard Hewett, which has an passionately pleading song of a man who loss the love of his life, obviously due to his own mistakes. His song, You're Still Inside of Me is subtle and enticing. We all make mistakes due to imperfection but when we can admit that it becomes a powerful statement. Howard Hewett, did an outstanding performance that left his audience wanting more. I look forward to his next concert.
Now That's Entertainment with promoter Rick Coley, received some complaints about the performers Knight and Hewett, of going to church on one or two songs toward the end of their performances. This caused the majority of Jehovah's Witnesses to leave. Sandra Johnson said, "I just didn't like it when they did the church thing." Coley, normally does a good job in his elimination of songs or situations that may be inappropriate toward his audience. We pray with Jehovah's help Rick's determination to respect the beliefs of audience members will continue in the future. Promoter Coley along with the MADD Team, presented An Evening of Elegance, featuring Darnell Gillespie, Lead singer from Harold Melvin's Blue Notes on Saturday, January 16th, 2016. On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 Stephanie Mills, will headline as well as The Persuaders, hosted by Trina B Real. For more information on these type of events contact Rick Coley at 302-290-8257.
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