#1 in a Million Concert by Larry Graham [Interviews]
Larry Graham performs with the very talented Graham Central Station.
Now Thats Entertainment & Fine Artz Recordz Featured Larry Graham, Sheila Coley and Comedian C.P. Lacey
Larry Graham, Mr. One In A Million was the headliner for a power packed concert that brought the audience to their feet in triumphal applause. One could even speculate that Graham also brought the house down as pieces of the ceiling lightly sprinkled the audience. This multi-talented brother proved why many astute musicians define him as, "one of the most influential bass players in the world." John Liebman of FBPO Bass Club stated, "Larry is especially revered by funk bass players, as he is credited with developing the wildly popular 'slap bass' technique." This funky, percussive groove musician, is one of the original forerunners for the 1970's innovative dance music. Graham's years with such groups as Sly & the Family Stone ingratiated us with such smash singles as, #Dance to the Music, It's A Family Affair, and Everybody Is a Star.
Graham is a gifted baritone who continues to tour with his group Graham Central Station, throughout the world in such places as Japan, Denmark, and Germany. Many artist that were popular back in the '70s and 80's, did not survive the tribulations of the music industry. Fortunately, Larry Graham continues to forge ahead by collaborating with such soulful, adept brothers and friends as Prince. Their previous venture included a CD entitled, #Raise Up. During the interview with Mr. Liebman, Graham also explained how he met the tremendously talented Pince, who grew up on Larry's music. The two of them ended up on a concert jamming together. "It was like we had been playing together forever," added Graham. Now, these two accomplished artists were spiritual brothers and best friends.
The Death of Prince, A Close Friend, and Brother to Larry Graham
The death of Prince has been shocking and devastating to his fans. George Stephanopoulos, of #GMA, stated, "His faith was essential to him. He was brought into Jehovah's Witnesses by Larry Graham." Chris Connelly, a correspondent on GMA also expressed, how #Prince, made tremendous changes due to his faith. "People say a kinder, gentler Prince, in his later years, so maybe that was the result of his new found faith." During a previous interview Prince, mentioned how he viewed trends, "Icons don't chase trends they create and embody them." This profound statement gives us a good idea of this brother's beliefs. Prince became a person who was not a follower but a creator of incredible music based on his style. Charlie Rose of CBS This Morning stated, "Remembering a self-taught genius who created his own rules." In 2001 Prince, humbled himself and became a servant of the Highest God, Jehovah. Now that Prince has passed, it is our prayer that we will see him in the new world, dancing and creating again as Jesus taught and told us to pray for in Matthew chapter six of the Bible. (Comments are welcome at the bottom of this article as a source of inspiration for Larry and Tina Graham regarding the death of Prince)
Graham Central Station Performs with Larry Graham
Graham Central Station along with Larry presented a 'funkified' concert which we attended at the Scottish Rite Theatre in Collingswood, New Jersey. As the lights lowered, Graham discussed the purpose of his new CD, #Raise Up. He expressed how "We are living in code red." It is time that we raise our heads and see such things as greed in the price of oil which is out of control. We must become spiritually aware and not believe the lies. "Tell that story to the birds because it is getting old. Raise up your head; enough has been said. We are living in code red." Other talented members of Graham Central Station that joined Larry on stage was Willie Brown on guitar, Jimmy Joy McKinney on keyboards, Wilton Ram on guitar, Brian Rio Brazil played drums and Ashling Cole also known as "biscuit" was the soulful female vocalist who sang, I Can't Stand the Rain.
After the concert, I had the incredible privilege of interviewing the "master of funk" #Larry Graham and his beautiful wife Tina, who tours and performs with him as well. Before that interview, homage must be presented to one of the hardest working promoters in the business Rick Coley, of Now That's Entertainment and Fine Artz Records, who put the show together. It was a memorable evening of oldies that allowed the audience to bask in the soulful sounds from the seventies and eighties.
C.P. Lacey Is A Funny and Versatile Comedian
Paris, the MC for the evening explained with tremendous excitement; what the entertainment would be and how we were in store for a treat. Suddenly, Little Richard appeared on the stage in a fancy outfit and a full-blown jerry curl. With a wide-eyed look, C.P. Lacey had taken on the characterization of this famous artist. He sat at the keyboards and began to play and sing, Little Richard's hit, Tootie Fruitie. The audience burst into laughter as Lacey performed for a few minutes. Eventually, he arrived center stage just in time to say to the audience, "shut up," the famous words often stated by Little Richard. He left the stage for a wardrobe change as Paris explained that he would only receive one check, regardless of all the characters he performed. A few minutes later Lacey returned as the God Father of Soul, James Brown. He sang the words, "Get up. Get on up." After a mixture of essential steps, he ended with a split requested by an audience member. A few minutes later Lacey returned as #Michael Jackson. After a few screams and imaginative dance steps, he invited five audience members up on the stage to become The Jackson Five. They performed such hits as I Want You Back, Who's Lovin You and Stop the Love You Say May Be Your Own. The audience could not contain their laughter as Lacey accused Tito of trying to take over his show. His performance was hysterical. After the show, I spoke with C.P. Lacey.
Angelladywriter: How many characters do you perform?
Lacey: I perform over thirty characters. Whatever my agent call and request, that is what I try to do, whether it is Flava Flav, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tina Turner or Michael Jackson. Although Michael Jackson is my favorite because people enjoy seeing him and everyone loves him. I also enjoy doing Little Richard.
Angelladywriter: Do your audience help you decide what characters to perform as well?
Lacey: Sometimes, I can look at my audience and depend on their age range, I will know which characters are best for me to perform. All of my characters are iconic. I always enjoy the challenge of delivering impromptu for my audience; as long as they are laughing, I know that I have done my job.
C.P. Lacey is one of the most talented comedians of this decade. He continues to tour throughout Europe as well as many other cities throughout the United States. Lacey appears weekly on The Apollo television show on BET network as the executioner.
We look forward to his stellar comedic performances in the future.
Sheila Coley Is an Astute Source of Musical Power
A genuinely passionate woman, Sheila Coley's voice pulsated throughout the theatre as she sang Shadows, a single from her new CD. Sheila is the wife of Rick Coley, promoter of this spectacular event. Talked about how hard her husband worked to put this show together. Through many difficult times, Rick and Sheila have survived. They give all thanks and appreciation to their Heavenly Father Jehovah. Even when a doctor told her that she would never walk again after an accident; this husband and wife team stuck it out together. Sheila then went on to dedicate her next song, I love You I Do, to her beloved husband. She candidly expressed within the words of the song that Rick is, "the perfect man for me. I love you I do." This delicate, yet powerful songstress encouraged the audience by stating, "Do not let the Devil bring you down. We have to roll with the punches." Sheila then proficiently sang, Ain't Nothing Gonna Bring Me Down, written by Rick Benning. During a brief interview, Sheila expressed her feelings about that performance.
Angelladywriter: Sheila, I noticed a particular intensity during your performance that I have never seen before. What inspired you tonight?
Sheila: Although I did not get to rehearse, I decided to just go for it. Rick and I worked very hard, and we just wanted to give our audience the very best.
The road leading to this show inundated with many tribulations for Rick, Sheila and the people who worked with them to put everything together. Their determination, diligence and strong faith in Jehovah God, elevated them beyond these troubles. The evening with C.P. Lacey and Larry Graham was a profound success. Tickets purchased by audience participants from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Baltimore, New York, and Washington. May their success continues through the promotion of Now That's Entertainment and Fine Artz Recordz.
An Interview With #Larry and Tina Graham
Angelladywriter: You have accomplished so much over the years as a principal entertainer. What has contributed to your success?
Larry: I give my credit to Jehovah. My wife and I are regular pioneers who travel throughout the world performing. We share the good news about our Heavenly Father to as many people as we can.
Angelladywriter: As a married couple in the entertainment industry, how do you maintain a successful marriage?
Tina: We have been married for 38 years, and I give all thanks to Jehovah. We look to the Creator to tell us how we should treat each other. If you do that it brings happiness. I have deep respect for my husband, and
he spoils me. What he shares with everyone is a gift from God. But we do not let his work interfere with what we have. We take good care of each other, and I feed him well.
Angelladywriter: Do you have any children?
Tina: Yes. We have one daughter. Her name is Latia. She has three children. Two boys, Jaiden and Gavin. Latia also has a daughter name, Cyann.
Tina and Larry Graham were both enthusiastic about their full time preaching work as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Tina, exuberantly explained, "As pioneers, we are never off duty. Whoever we meet, we try to place literature with concerning God's kingdom. It is a blessing to be a Witness." They both enjoy sharing this peaceful message. During their travels to various countries such as Germany which they had just left, Tina and Larry carried literature in different languages. Sometimes, they may personally meet as many as 500 people per night while on tour in Europe or here in the United States. During my interview, it became clear that Larry and Tina Graham are very spiritually alert about the critical times we are living in.
I spoke with Larry Graham, previously on the telephone, he was preparing to leave for Japan. Graham made sure that he obtained a box of literature in Japanese. He and his wife are determined to share this good news about God's kingdom. They do not allow the snares of this world to draw them away from their service and love for Jehovah God. Their determination to share this good news about the kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matthew chapter six, is a good reminder of what our focus should be on the world. What excellent examples to imitate as they follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. May each of us remain alert and aware as well.
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A 1999 interview from Youtube on Dutch television where Prince and his spiritual brother Larry Graham, talked about God, music, the truth and accurate knowledge
Larry Graham sings your favorite hit song, "One In A Million"
Raise Up by Larry Graham and Graham Central Station
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