Celebration honors the known and rare works of pioneering hitmaking songwriter Jessie Mae Robinson who penned over 200 songs for top R & B, Blues, Country and Pop stars.

 

DORIAN HOLLEY, LOVE LETTER TO MARVIN GAYE; TERRY STEELE, HERE & NOW STAGEPLAY;

MARVA SMITH, R&B RECORDING ARTIST

& MIKE “KIDD FUNKADELIC” HAMPTON

LEAD TRIBUTE TO PROLIFIC SONGWRITER

JESSIE MAE ROBINSON

 

Layout 1(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), a leading non-profit committed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of blacks in the film, television and entertainment industries announces the musical line up for the 100th birthday celebration and tribute to Jessie Mae Robinson, Friday, October 26, 2018 7:30pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center 4708. W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016.

 

BHERC brings to the public the curated works of Jessie Mae Robinson in an inspirational and soul stirring program, that launches a year of events staged to bring overdue recognition to Mrs. Robinson. “Jesse Mae Robinson was an amazing talent and it is so important that we celebrate her musical contributions to the world,” states Sandra Evers Manly, producer of the tribute and founder of BHERC.  We have assembled some of the best of Southern California’s artists to help us bring her music and prose to life.  They are:

  • William Allen Young, Master of Ceremonies an acclaimed American actor and director who has starred in more than 100 television, stage and film projects in his illustrious acting career, including two Academy Award-nominated films “A Soldier’s Story” and “District 9.” He is beloved by millions of worldwide fans for his portrayal of Frank Mitchell, the tough-but-loving father on the hit TV series “Moesha.” William most recently starred as Dr. Rollie Guthrie on the CBS medical drama “Code Black.” He is widely respected in the Arts and Entertainment industry for his professional accomplishments and his efforts to diversify the ranks of writers, actors, directors and producers in Hollywood. As former co-chair of the Directors Guild of America’s African American Steering Committee, William helped to broker the historic 2000 Network Agreement which led to increases in training and hiring of ethnic minorities and women in TV and film projects.

 

  • Dorian Holley, Star of “A Love Letter to Marvin Gaye” & Vocal Director “This is It”

Dorian Holley was the vocal director for the late Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour and for 27 years performed as a vocalist on every one of Jackson’s solo tours. He has toured with Rod Stewart, Queen Latifah, James Taylor, Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Linda Ronstadt, and Jimmy Vaughn.  He has backed up Stevie Wonder, Sting, Adele, Jason Derulo, The Dave Matthews Band, Usher, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu, Seal, Christina Aguilera, Fifth Harmony and countless others. The lead singer in The Rickey Minor Band during Jay Leno’s last three years on The Tonight Show, Dorian has also spent twelve years as vocal coach on American Idol (including its recent season on ABC) and has coached on Fox’s The Four.  Dorian’s first solo CD was entitled Independent Film. The Dorian Holley Band is fresh off six sizzling, sold-out performances of A Love Letter to Marvin Gaye, a two hour retrospective of The Prince of Motown’s canon.   Dorian was the voice of Grosberger in Stir Crazy and the voice of Choir Boy in The Five Heartbeats. He sang in Jungle Book, the latest Star Wars film, and the upcoming How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 

  • Terry Steele, International recording artist/co-writer of Here & Now by Luther Vandross

Terry Steele is a two-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time ASCAP Award-winning who has toured internationally as a professional recording artist with concert performances all over the world.  As a professional songwriter, Terry has written for or has collaborated with such megastar artists as Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Starship, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Spinners, Barry White, The Pointer Sisters, Natalie Cole, George Duke, and saxophonist Richard Elliott. As the principal writer of the blockbuster hit, “Here and Now,” (recorded by the late Luther Vandross) he garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Rhythm and Blues Song” in 1990. Terry has also commanded the worldwide stage with leading roles in theatrical dance-plays and musical productions, and in 2007 he took his first leap into the starring role of the hugely successful off-Broadway production, Here and Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross. Terry is currently authoring his first non-fiction book entitled, The Chronicles Of A Songwriter and is recording his fourth solo album, Studio Sessions.

 

  • Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

Michael Hamption is a funk rock guitarist, composer and musical director who, in 1997, was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of fame inductee with the band George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. His performances of “Maggot Brain” and “Red Hot Momma” were a fixture of the band’s concerts over the years. Also a multi-instrumentalist including drums, keyboards, synth programming as credited on Funkadelic’s album, The Electric Spanking of War Babies, he has played and recorded on various projects, including the acclaimed P-funk spin off band, 420 Funk Mob, Deee Lite along with Bootsy Collins, and Bill Laswell’s various projects with Bernie Worrel.  In 1998, Hampton recorded his first complete solo album, Heavy Metal Funkason, featuring his heavy fuzzy guitar solo with psychedelic and earthy atmosphere from Funkadelic with straight rock groove. He parted the Parliament Funkadelic tour band in 2015. He is now working on new material, including his own Kidd Funkadelic Band as well as collaborating with other artist across genres.

 

  • Marva Smith, R & B Recording Artist

A Los Angeles-based, powerhouse vocalist, Marva Smith’s vocal stylings were developed singing in her church choir. The daughter of a Baptist preacher, Marva counted Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan among her musical influences.  Her professional journey began after a night out with her friends, singing karaoke in a local hot spot, when local playwright Brandi Burks convinced her she should be in her new stage play—a gospel musical.  In the audience was Don B. Welch, who later cast her in his production, and the rest is history.  Marva has spent the last next several years performing in plays and independent films.   In 2014, Marva signed a recording contract with Jadar Entertainment and released the single “Catching Hell,” a cover of Natalie Cole’s 1970’s hit, to rave reviews.  The song is available across digital platforms. Marva is a nonprofit development consultant who balances her entertainment career with her passion for community and politics.   She is currently working on several musical projects as well as performing and acting as often as possible.

 

  • Masta Edwards, Blues Great

An acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, Masta Edwards has the distinction of performing with the best and brightest in the music industry over the last four decades. Among his many collaborators are Don Covay, Seal, Scott Henderson, Thelma Houston, Mandrill, Keb Mo, Preston Glass, and LTD to name a few. Since 1991, students at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood have been blessed by his dedication to instruction. Under his guidance and mentorship, students have developed their creativity while enhancing the intricacies of their vocal instrument.  He was featured in Warner Brothers’ Instructional Vocal Series and has performed in numerous plays and commercials.

 

  • Lura Daniels-Ball, Inspirational Recording Artist

Lauded for her tonally rich, emotionally powerful and uniquely nuanced vocals, Lura Daniels-Ball stuns listeners with her ability to sing in any genre – whether classical, traditional, spiritual, gospel, jazz, R&B or pop music.  Her solo performances include original theatrical productions, orchestral works during Christmas and Easter, and featured entertainment for special events. She has also performed the national anthem at NFL games and was selected twice as a national finalist in the prestigious American Traditions Competition for Singers, held in Savannah, Georgia. Lura has performed several times in a signature original multimedia program entitled, MLK:  A Tribute in Song, where she takes the audience on a compelling, emotional, yet celebratory musical journey highlighting the milestones of Dr. King’s legendary life and incomparable legacy. Recent performances of MLK:  A Tribute in Song, include: the 50th Commemoration of the Voting Rights Act/Immigration and Nationality Act in Los Angeles; and in Houston, Texas at University Christian Church to help launch a regional voter registration training effort for The Disciples of Christ Church.  In April of this year, Lura closed the ICYOLA/SCLC-SC 50th Anniversary Concert for the Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Dr. King’s favorite “If I Can Help Somebody”. Lura recently launched her 3rd release, God is the Strength of My Heart. She also has a holiday CD, In The Joy of The Season , a fan favorite. She also continues to minister through song as a soloist at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship (Sr. Pastor, Rev. James K. McKnight).

  • Patrick Minner, Gospel and Soul Singer

Since age ten, Patrick Minner has performed for political dignitaries and heads of state, including tributes and celebrations honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Dorothy Height, Fayyad Nicholas (of the famed Nicholas Brothers) and Nichelle Nichols to name a few. He received praise from the late Betty Shabazz (wife of slain Civil rights leader Malcolm-X) for his rendition of “A Change is Gonna’ Come” performance for the opening of the Malcolm-X Library in San Diego, CA.Patrick’s singing has also won him principal roles in stage productions including Harlem, Harlem!, Foul Play, Lady Sings the Blues, The Wiz, Children of Eden, and his acclaimed one-man show Lonely Teardrops-The Jackie Wilson Story to name a few. He had made television appearances where he performed at the legendary Apollo Theater on Showtime at the Apollo.

 

  • TC Campbell, Musical Director

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, TC Campbell attended Tennessee State University, where he majored in music. In 1977, while playing keyboards in Nashville, TC met singer Peabo Bryson. The two bonded and went on to record the LP Crosswinds and tour for the next two years. During this time, they collaborated as writers on the song “We’re The Best of Friends,” featuring Peabo and Natalie Cole. His career began to flourish after joining the group Cameo in late 1979. With them he performed and wrote the recordings “I Like It” and “Knights By Knight.” In 1983, he became musical director for Evelyn “Champagne” King. His talent and outgoing personality attracted the attention of Jeffrey Osborne in 1985. Osborne quickly enlisted his service as musical director for the next six years. Together they wrote and co-produced “Who Would Have Guessed,” “Love’s Not Ready,” and “Come Midnight” on Osborne’s Emotional album. He later became musical director and compose for the legendary Della Reese. When she was invited to perform as featured artist for the July 4th, 1997 Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, he composed and orchestrated her songs. He appeared and worked as music coordinator on the CBS television hit series Touched by An Angel. Accompanying the late Luther Vandross on a special episode was one of the highlights of his experience with the show. As co-founder and CEO of Spiritual Icon Records, TC stays busy arranging and composing for numerous projects.

 

Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at www.bherc.org, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center www.ebonyrep.org or call (310) 284-3170.  General Admission $40.00, Seniors and Students $30.00.

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