10 Mayıs 1957 (age 61)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri
sait palanduz wrote
We can't expect to stand still; we're living in Shifting Times. Onwards, Forwards…
With the dawning of another year, we mark the historical events which have shaped our world with repeated upheavals as well as tremendously unbelievable changes in the faces that represent our declaration of power to the people "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America". It is written in the preamble to the articles of congress that define the direction of our nation, that we the people each have a say in the way that we lead our lives. While these ideals may bring hope for a better world all around us, this indeed is the kind of high order that will be challenging, to say the least. Still, despair leads us nowhere, only hope gives us the strength to cope. The struggle continues, yet a new day is on the horizon.
Magically there is music for comfort, reassurance and for rejoicing. My next album, planned for release in the spring of 2009, will include all the various flavours, spices, spirit and heart that has influenced me all of my life, from Gospel to Country & Western, Jazz to Funk, Soul to Rock'n Roll, tinged with Blues as well as a taste of Classical Music for good measure. Beauty shines its brightest through unity.
You can visit MySpace for more details about my career, but do feel free to peruse this official website for gig dates, photos, recording history, etc…
May we all keep the faith and never give up on hope, peace and love, in the light of a sunrise…
In the summer of 1957, at the age of two months old, my birth father’s parents took me into their humble Houston, Texas abode, after my teenage parents went their separate ways. My paternal grandparents’ unconditional love and positive reinforcement laid the foundation for me to keep the faith, despite my circumstances.
The Elder Reverend David Anderson, (the first in our family to be born free, as his mother had been a child in the U.S. slavery regime), and my grandmother Alberta, raised me to be understanding and tolerant of human nature yet be mindful of those who choose to abuse my kindness. My skills in public speaking, solo vocals, choral harmonies, song writing and piano playing began in my grandfather’s church.
In the 1960’s and 70’s, James Brown’s funky grooves, featured my mother, (stage name-Vicki Anderson, birth name – Myra Barnes), and my stepfather, Bobby Byrd. At 17, I did my first Bobby Byrd tour. In 1989, I went on my 1st European tour with Bobby Byrd and the JB All Stars. In 2003, my one and only performance with my Godfather, James Brown, was impromptu, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Further musical variety was provided by listening to country and western gospel music on the radio at bedtime as a toddler. My father’s sister, my beloved Auntie Bettye Faye, was the lead soprano for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1968. At age 19, my 1st studio recording session with Johnny Winter, (Edgar Winter’s brother), led to other country and western sessions in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 1980’s, I received several scholarships to study Classical and Jazz music at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
As a divorced single mother, I moved to England with my son in 1990 and joined the Young Disciples band, which won a Mercury Prize nomination in 1992 for our Road to Freedom album that included the dance floor hit, Apparently Nothin’. My 1st solo album, True Spirit, was nominated for a Brit Award in 1995. My 2nd solo album in 1998 was co-produced with Paul Weller. In 1999 I went on a world wide tour to promote the album, Trunk Funk, the Best of the Brand New Heavies. Then I fulfilled a long held aspiration of teaching vocal music and am now the Head of the Vocal department at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Since 2002, I have recorded independent albums, Alberta’s Granddaughter, Grace and Favours, (Live DVD), and Soul Providence, with saxophonist/producer Ben Castle (son of famed British trumpeter Roy Castle), keyboardist/producer Mark Edwards, and sound engineer/business manager Colin Walker. In 2004, EMI released a Best of Carleen Anderson album entitled, Up to Now. A short list of musicians I have performed with includes Johnny Cash, Incognito, Jocelyn Brown, Ocean Colour Scene, Courtney Pine, Dr. John, Chrissie Hynde, internationally reknowned violinist Nigel Kennedy, Jamie Cullum and luminous others. In 2007, I sang for and met HRH, the Queen of England.
In 2006, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth gave me encouraging praise for my performance with their band at their venue, the Stables that led to my current singing with the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars jazz band which has inspired my new album to be fused with jazz, gospel, rock, blues and soul, as well as a bit of classical music.
As I ride on Fortune’s Drive, my path has been graced with the mercy of music to ease the rocky roads along the hills and valleys this journey of life has on offer. When my schedule allows, I ride my horse in the English countryside and take stock of my over half a century experiences of earthly travels, and simply say, “Hallelujah”!
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