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Today on the SOUL On Saturday my special guest is Ric 'Doc' Wilson and the Soul/Funk/Pop band Mandrill. Mandrill has been one of my favorite bands since "A long time ago". I say that because their music influence spans decades and has been part of my life and times since I was in elementary school. Mandrill is Ric, Carlos, Wolf, and Lou Wilson, the oldest of the Wilson brothers who has passed on to the Ancestral Realm earlier this year. I have a unique backstory with these talented and internationally beloved brothers and their band which revolves around Lou. We know their eclectic style of music from their string of hits including Fencewalk, House Of Wood, Hang Loose, Mango Meat, Too Late, and one of my favorites Wind On Horseback just to name a few. They are STILL going strong today with a new project forthcoming called The Gift and for you lovers and others, a collection of Love Songs available on their website: www.mandrillmusic.com now, called Sunshine that you MUST have. Their music has been an influence on many bands and has been sampled by many hip hop and pop music artists including Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, Chuck D and Public Enemy. We'll have some fun chopping it up like we do with the SOS vibe that we do so join us today as we welcome Ric Wilson and the Mandrill Music experience to the SOUL'.
This world is full of various types of music. From Jazz, Rap, Country, R&B, Classic, New Age, Metal, Rock, Pop, Gospel, Soul, Inspirational, Reggae, Latin, and the list goes on and on. Music has a way of influencing our actions, moods, and thoughts. In other words....there is a ministry in music, whether good or bad. In this show we want to focus in on the church and how music through history has been instrumental in worship and encouragement to those who are receptive to it's message. When it comes to music, what is acceptable by God? What is truly conducive to proper worship? How much of the secular world have we allowed in to the church?
This being a week where we will be featuring many aspects from our book entitled "12 Kings and Their Treasures: Transparent, Testimony, Truth". As we spotlight our fellow King Eric Haylock's chapter entitled "Hip Hop"..we will have the honor to be joined by our VERY special guest Mr. Larry Clark. A talented songwriter, producer out of Detroit, Michigan who is also a member of Perfecting Church that's lead by Bishop Marvin L. Winans. Larry also comes from a legendary musical family known as " The Clark Sisters"..where he recently worked on a couple of projects with his aunt Twinkie Clark. He is also the Minister of Music for New Greater Love Baptist Church out of Detroit. We are grateful to have him share with us his insight on music within the church. Tell your family and friends...and join myself Rodney D. Kirkwood and my special co-host and fellow King.. Mandrill Mclaughlin as well for what will be a DYNAMIC broadcast with the 12 Kings. Join us and be blessed!
Taking a leap of faith Conley began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles with David Townsend. It was there he joined the group Port Authority in 1976. After an un-released record with 20th Century Records Conley left the group to join Mandrill in 1977. In 1978 he made his television debut with Mandrill performing on the popular show Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius. Conley released only one album with Mandrill, New Worlds, in 1979. Conley left the group and after a short hiatus Townsend and Conley collaborated on the beginnings Surface. When Conley became the founder of the Multi-Platinum Soul/R&B group Surface in 1983 the original group consisted of Conley and Karen Copeland. Townsend collaborated by writing and producing. In that same year Surface released their debut single, Falling in Love performed by Copeland, which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #67 on the U.K. Singles chart. In addition Surface recorded 2 more singles with her; When Your Ex Wants You Back and Stop Holding Back. After Copeland left the group in 1984 Bernard Jackson and David Townsend replaced her by becoming the Surface we know today. More success came in 1985 when Conley became a staff writer for Screen Gems BMI. Shortly after in 1986 Surface landed a record deal with Columbia leading them to release their debut album in 1987. The album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In 1989,
Hey there Tea Sippers! We are going to read all of the tea leaves on this one as we have been waiting for a sign that music was going to return to telling stories and being the voice for those who can't put it the words or the groove together to tell what's on their hearts. For many of us, our teenage years were full of songs that really expressed how we were feeling and dealing with life at that time and my guest today is the founding member of one of those groups that spoke to and for us......
When SURFACE hit the scene with "Shower Me with Your Love", "Happy", "Closer Than Friend" and the many other jewels that become our language, this man was the creative force behind it.....and now this man and the crew is about to RESURFACE and let the magic begin again as our language is more sophisticated, experienced, and wiser! Mr. David Pic Conley will be Dishing Tea with Big Meach about the journey from then til now. We will get into the psyche of the business from the musician's standpoint and not just the vocalist.
This is going to be a Wonderfully, Delicious Hot Pot of tea for your nerves, darling so make sure you have plenty of crumpets!!
Taking a leap of faith Conley began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles with David Townsend. It was there he joined the group Port Authority in 1976. After an un-released record with 20th Century Records Conley left the group to join Mandrill in 1977. In 1978 he made his television debut with Mandrill performing on the popular show Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius. Conley released only one album with Mandrill, New Worlds, in 1979. Conley left the group and after a short hiatus Townsend and Conley collaborated on the beginnings Surface.
David Pic Conley is the founding member of the platinum R&B recording group Surface. Born in NJ, David started his career after graduating high school when he moved to Los Angeles. David was a member of Port Authority and Mandrill before forming Surface. When Conley became the founder of the Multi-Platinum Soul/R&B group Surface in 1983 the original group consisted of Conley and Karen Copeland. Townsend collaborated by writing and producing. In that same year Surface released their debut single, Falling in Love performed by Copeland, which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #67 on the U.K. Singles chart. In addition Surface recorded 2 more singles with her; When Your Ex Wants You Back and Stop Holding Back. After Copeland left the group in 1984 Bernard Jackson and David Townsend replaced her by becoming the Surface we know today. More success came in 1985 when Conley became a staff writer for Screen Gems BMI. Shortly after in 1986 Surface landed a record deal with Columbia leading them to release their debut album in 1987. The album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In 1989, Surface released their sophomore album, 2nd Wave which peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The single Shower Me With Your Love peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and became Surface's second #1 R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July of 1989, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In addition to Conley’s long and accomplished career with Surface he has written and produced songs for some of the greatest artists of yesterday and today. Some include; Aretha Franklin’s Grammy nomination title track What You See Is What You Sweat.
Thursday on the Brian The Hammer Show we welcome a legendary Musician to the show:
-Larry Rust, Keyboardist & Vocalist with Iron Butterfly, Program Director & DJ SRrockingpop.com, Studio Owner, Arranger, Composer, Producer. In addition to his work with the legendary band Iron Butterfly Larry has also worked in studio with Chicago/CBS Records, REO Speedwagon/Epic-CBS Records, Stevie Wonder/Motown, Larry Carlton/Warner Bros, George Howard/GRP Records, Sacred Fire/Turn-Starsong Records, David Teems/The Calling/Ascension Records, David & The Giants/Word & Giant Rec, Mothers Finest/Capitol Records, Mark Lindsay/Independent, Geoff McBride/Arista Records, Kevin Kendricks/A&M, Kellye Huff/Giant, Mylon LeFevre/Starsong, Kaycee Grogan/Columbia-Sony, Kabanya Spears/MCA, Lafeyette Reed/Tony Mercedes Records, Bob Welch/Capitol, Warren Zevon/Elekrtra Asylum, Neil Larson/Warner Bros, Mandrill/Arista, Kansas/CBS Records, LaCosta Tucker/Capitol, Devin Payne/Casablanca, Slamm Jones/Independent, LA Dre/Independent, Leslie Phillips/Word, Bennie Hester/Word, Tammy Gunden/Home Sweet Home.
Larry will be here to promote his Music, Radio Shows and his Benefit Tours for Abused Women & Children Shelters & Sex Traffic Abuse Victims Shelters
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-Max Ivey, Midway Marketplace, Helping people Buy, Sell and Trade New & Used Amusement, Concession and Confection Equipment. Free Appraisals
-Mirthell Bazemore, Author of the House of Elliott series & On The Backburner and soon to come The Daughters & Spirit of Harriet
Ghetto Song Bird will be Joining Lamont in the Studio talking about her career an the music Biz.There’s an Electric Ladybird flying coast to coast through modern day psychedelic clouds landing upon head banging clubs, juke style bars,finger snapping cafes, Woodstock like festivals, making college students scream with a stadium state of mind concert born each time this goddess of rock-n-roll by the name of Ghettosongbird rises like a phoenix on stage with her Roxsploitation Band. The sexy, bohemian, North Philadelphian singer/songwriter/guitarist started singing,playing piano by ear and writing poetry locked in her room while her siblings played outside. Raised on her Mama’s old LPs & livingroom jams, she was inspired to perform in talent shows to try out new songs. When Ghettosongbird picked up the guitar by ear she flew right into the open mic scene and began jamming with musicians who played with legends like Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Chaka Khan, Tupac, New Birth, and Fishbone to name a hand full, that grew her chops as a guitarist & bassist. GSB is influenced by Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, Led Zepplin, Mandrill, Santana, The Doors, The Bar-Kays, Sly & The FamilyStone, Earth Wind & Fire, Wah-Wah Watson, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, & any exotic sound she could wrap her ears around.
Ghettosongbird has played legendary NYC stages such as CBGB’s, The Bitter End, Snitch, Wicked Willy’s, 106&Park, Apollo Theater, Cafe Wha, The Village Underground, M1-5, Ashford & Simpson Suga Bar, ect., The World Famous Whisky A Go-Go & The Gaslite (with Rosa Lee Brooks who wrote & recorded with Jimi Hendrix) in L.A.,
Today's guest wil be famous New York City journalist and buffalo bullet columnist Gloria Dulan Wilson sitting in the world-famous Sylvia's Restaurant. We are priviledged to have such a luminary as she discusses her work, New York politics, the loss of the two most important men in her life; her late husband Lou Wilson-a member of the progressive rock and funk band Mandrill-and local New York activist Jitu Weusi, whom is the subject of her latest column on her blog.
Dulan-Wilson will also sum-up her history with Mandrill and her views on some current events such as the recent passing of young Malcolm Shabazz, and Tawana Brawley's ongoing case. As always the host is veteran syndicated columnist Chris Stevenson.
Born Malik Boyd, into a musical family nestled in the outskirts of Philadelphia, Soul would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to listen to his father’s 12” records. Although knowing this was forbidden by his mother, Soul spent countless nights soaking in the musical styles of Mandrill, WAR, Marvin Gaye, and Issac Hayes. Although these aural lessons did not immediate manifest anything in his life, it would become part of the foundation for his destiny. Soul got his music feet wet, singing on just about every choir his church had. However, the church was very strict, opting not to use any other instruments than a piano and organ. As the 1st semester of college passed, Soul felt something changing in his life. The choice to listen to this inner voice would drive Soul from college to New York, with very little money and a quest to complete the dream of becoming a singer. Job after job, opportunity and opportunity, label meeting after label meeting, the quest showed signs of promise, but ultimately would lead to disappointment. That luck changed when Soul met Kool (of Kool and the Gang), and after that meeting, Soul walked out with a new manager and a new vision. He began working with Kool and recording in the studio. While this union was short lived, it catapulted Soul into working and recording with some of the music industry’s top producers. Soul also started an open mic venue “Philly Unplugged”, which ran weekly for 7 yrs. That vision gave way to opportunities that allowed unsigned artists to perform on the same stage as artists like Floetry, Jeff Bradshaw,Teddy Riley, while creating a buzz that would allow Soul to perform on various stages across the country. Soul moved to LA went out and built a studio in his home and learned how to produce records & melodies into song. He was the 1st music artist to make a transition to become Pres. of the Philly Young Democrats & lead youth in community service.
Join soon to be author “The Hammer”, a former NCAA National Football champion Miami Hurricane, successful entrepreneur, fitness professional, seminar leader, national keynote speaker, corporate trainer in South Florida and then in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for nearly three decades. FRED FOSTER answers questions many Americans are discussing in living rooms and dining rooms across the country. With jobs scarce and the market flooded with people seeking employment...
How do I provide a comfortable lifestyle for me and my family and prepare for retirement? I can't find a job what do I do? Your answer is much closer than you think and once it's made clear to you your belief of being successful will explode. You can begin getting paid what you're worth in days not years! Call in and Fred will give away 3 "FREE " admissions to his upcoming seminar. Your comments and questions are welcome. GENE McBRIDE has performed as a lead singer with Art Sherrod, Jr., The Clones of Funk, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Bootsy Collins, Mandrill, Chuck Brown and George Clinton. He will be performing LIVE with "IN GRATITUDE" his critically acclaimed 14 piece "Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band" at Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis, Friday July 13.
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