Gerald Albright Pushing



Born in Los Angeles, Albright grew up in its South Central neighborhood. He began piano lessons at an early age, even though he professed no great interest in the instrument. His love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. It was further reinforced when he attended Locke High School, a breeding ground for many young West Coastmusicians.[citation needed] After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. degree in business management, minoring in music. Already a polished saxophonist by the time he enrolled in college, Albright suddenly switched to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert. Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., The Temptations and Olivia Newton-John. A few months after graduating from college, Gerald joined Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her own band, in which he played the saxophone. Later, when the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. Consequently, he often performed on both instruments. Around the same time, he also began to tour Europe with drummer Alphonse Mouzon. He has also toured with Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Johnny Hallyday, Anita Baker and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright had also been a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela,Chaka Khan and Rachelle Ferrell, among others. Albright has also made several television appearances on shows such as A Different World, Melrose Place and BET jazz segments, as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with Designing Women star Meshach Taylor. Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit, as well as several private functions for the President. Albright is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Albright now lives with his family near Denver, Colorado



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Debelah Morgan Dance With Me

Debelah Morgan Dance With Me
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Debelah Morgan was  born in Detroit, Michigan on September 29, 1977. Her father is African-American and her mother is from India. Debelah started singing when she was eight years old as a result of listening to some classic gospel music, with some early influences by Andrae Crouch, The O’Neil Twins, Shirley Caesar, Jessie Dixon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Gospel singer Claire Lucket Moore (sister of the gospel group Jackson Southernaires) attended her church and began working with her; developing a very creative gospel style. When she turned eleven her parents placed her with a classical voice teacher (Earlene Boyd) who taught her the foundations of great vocal technique and exposed her to Opera. At the age of fifteen, Debelah received a scholarship to study withOpera singer Faye Robinson at the University of Arizona.

Morgan graduated at sixteen with Honors in Performing Arts from Tucson High Magnet School.

Morgan is a National ACT-SO NAACP Silver medalist in Classical Voice. Morgan attended Fullerton College and studied voice with Sarah McFerrin (mother of world renowned jazz recording artistBobby McFerrin). Debelah tops off her list of famous teachers with vocal coach of the stars Seth Riggs (creator of the speech level singing method).

In 1993, Morgan was discovered by Dedra Tate. Morgan was managed by Sandy Tate during her debut album Debelah released in 1994 by Atlantic Records. Two singles (“Take it Easy” and “Free”) successfully reached the R&B charts.In 1997, Motown released her second album, It’s Not Over on VAZ/Motown Records. Morgan was managed by Raoul Roach (son of Jazz Legend the late Max Roach). Her sophomore release featured duets with Brian McKnight and Herschel Boone. The R&B success of her single "Yesterday" landed Morgan on the R&B charts. A second single, "I Love You" was released in overseas markets such as Japan and became a hit.In 1998, the International Music community responded to Debelah's unique musical flavor. Morgan toured Southeast Asia and several European countries. In 1998 she was featured on three soundtrack albums: Fame L.A., Our Friend, Martin and Stuart Little.In 1999, Morgan signed a music management deal with DAS Communications founder David Sonenberg. Morgan also worked with DAS manager Scot McCracken. Morgan also signed a publishing deal at EMI Music Publishing under Senior Vice President Evan Lamburg. In 2000, she signed with DAS/Atlantic Records and her record company released the single and album "Dance with Me". This song charted around the world making Morgan an international sensation. Debelah Morgan made history as the first Atlantic recording artist to debut in the Top Ten in the U.K. on both the Pop and R&B charts at the same time. This gave Morgan the exclusive opportunity to perform live on Britain’s TV show Top of The Pops, a show reserved only for those who debut in the Top Ten. Her success moved down under to New Zealand and Australia where "Dance With Me" went platinum in two weeks.Morgan was the featured guest vocalist for the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. In the fall of 2001, Morgan sang with Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey on an ABC special honoring the victims of the September 11 attacks.After the record company's promotion and touring for her third album ended, Morgan recorded two songs for the soundtrack of the movie Road Kings titled "Fly Free" and "I'll Take You There." Debelah is also featured on the Urban Renewal: Phil Collins tribute album singing “Do You Remember.”Morgan contributes much of her success to the many talent and scholarship pageants she won in her early years. Morgan is a former Ms. Juneteenth, Ms Black Teen Arizona, Ms. Black Teenage World, and Ms. Arizona in Hal Jackson’s talented teen international scholarship pageant. Pageant founder Hal Jackson is the first African American sports announcer. Morgan was a debutante twice in the Gospel Music Workshop of America Cotillion Pageant Ball.Morgan's "Live" Gospel album, Let the Worship In; is one of the three gospel albums Morgan has recorded. Morgan's voice is complimented with the ability to sing in the whistle register vocal range