By Reve' Gipson,
Our prayers go to the Family of Aretha Franklin.
I had the pleasure of knowing Aretha for over Twenty-Five years and it was an honor. The greatest singer of all time, Aretha Louise Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit, Michican due to advanced Pancreatic Cancer.
I had the pleasure of being
invited when she recorded her "Amazing Grace" LP in Los Angeles: It was an evening I Will NEVER forget. Rest In Love Always, Aretha Franklin!
Enjoying Sold Out Shows!!! Frankie Beverly and Maze have been on a complete roll the last few months. When the band appeared recently in Arizona the sold-out crowd was unbelievable!! They clapped and clapped. When Frankie Beverly hit the stage they couldn't stop clapping and singing along. When the band played Memphis, Tennessee I thought it was the Memphis Mass Choir singing in the background, but then I realized it was the audience singing along to most of the songs.
At all of the shows, the audience wore white as a tribute to Frankie Beverly. When the band played the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (For the first time in over 20 years) the crowd went crazy!! They sang along, stood up and danced all night long.
What is it about Frankie Beverly and Maze that makes people support them? Even though they have not recorded in over 25 years? Well, I think it's because - Maze has a very loyal following and people love how the music makes them feel. It's kind of like going to a family reunion and you are truly happy to see all of your relatives (which is unusual!) The music makes you feel good and for an hour and several minutes you forget about the stressful day you've had and whatever additional issues you may be dealing with. The band is always tight and you're listening to music that is timeless. It's something about Frankie Beverly and Maze that makes people stand up, dance in the aisles and have a good time.
When you come to a Maze show - you're surrounded by "Happy Feeling" everywhere.
Did You Know -
That Kylie Jenner (Kim Kardashian's Baby Sister) is worth $900 Million Dollars. She's a self-made Millionaire and has one hundred and ten million followers on Instagram. Kylie is also about to become a Billionaire.
Stevie Wonder wrote the Hit Song "Until You Come Back To Me" for Aretha Franklin.
Shaquille O'Neal bought a Krispy Kreme doughnut franchise in Atlanta, Georgia two years ago.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington son, John David Washington is charting his own course in Hollywood. Hope you saw him starring in Spike Lee's new Film, BlacKkKlansman... Remember his name.
Until Next Time -
"Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out." – Tina Turner