The Very Thought of You

Today we say goodbye to the one and only Nancy Wilson. Formidable jazz singer, R&B artist, blues musician, actress and entertainer, Nancy hailed from Chillicothe, Ohio. Her career spanned more than five decades with Nancy retiring in 2010. Wilson recorded more than seventy albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. She was 81 years old.

“The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”, was the first of six children, and was influenced by the music of Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, and Dinah Washington, at an early age. By the age of 15, while a student at West High School, Nancy won a talent contest sponsored by a local television station. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, of which, she became the host. She also worked at clubs on the east and north sides of Columbus, Ohio, until she graduated from high school. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, Nancy began college to pursue a degree in teaching. She spent one year at Ohio’s Central State College (now Central State University), before dropping out and following her original ambitions. Miss Wilson auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956, and toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest from 1956 to 1958. While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

In 1959 Nancy moved to New York City where her career bloomed. Within four weeks of her arrival in The Big Apple she got her first major break, a call to fill in at “The Blue Morocco”. The club booked Wilson on a permanent basis–she was singing four nights a week while simultaneously working as a secretary. When her manager, John Levy, sent two demos to Capitol Records, they signed her in 1960.

Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues. When her friend and fellow musician Julian “Cannonball” Adderley suggested she focus on jazz music and ballads, they collaborated and produced the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley in 1962, which propelled her to national prominence.

In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. 1964 was a golden year as Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for her album How Glad I Am. Nancy was also dubbed a “consummate actress” and “complete entertainer” as her talents weren’t reserved just for the recording booth. In 1967, after making numerous television guest appearances, Nancy got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show, which ran until 1968 and won an Emmy. From the late 1960s through 2005, Wilson appeared in hundreds of films and television shows including The Red Skelton Hour, Hawaii Five-O, The Cosby Show and The Parkers. 

In addition to her musical accolades and achievements Nancy was recognized for her humanitarian and human rights work garnering awards from the NAACP, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Award, and the UNCF. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Wilson also has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposed inner-city children to the country, and until she fell ill in 2008, continued her work in civil rights.

As with many others, I can say with all certainty and ease that Nancy Wilson has always been one of my favorite songstresses. And I’m not just biased because I too am an Ohio girl. That silky voice and amazing style made her the Queen of entertainment. And yes but oh yes, she was indeed royalty. Personally, my favorite Wilson tune which I never tire of hearing is The Very Thought of You, but you can’t go wrong with any Wilson melody. If you’re not familiar with her cannon, listen to How Glad I Am, My One and Only Love, Never Let Me Go, or Here’s That Rainy Day.

Fancy Miss Nancy–singer and storyteller, legend and legacy, thank you for blessing our souls with your voice. We will always smile at the very thought of you.

Love,

BCM

Grammy Awards 2015 Winners

57th GRAMMY Awards - Press RoomHey all! It’s thefakesamjoseph here and I bring you great news from music’s biggest night: the 57th annual Grammy Awards! Big the night was full of highs from red carpet fashion, to the powerhouse performances, to the Grammy winners themselves. Top honors go to Sam Smith, who won Song of the Year and Record of the Year for his multi-platinum smash “Stay With Me” as well as Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. Also a big winner was Beck, who won Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed album Morning Phase. Other winners include Beyoncé and husband Jay Z for best R&B performance and Best R&B song, Pharrell for best Pop Solo Performance and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Check out the full list of winners below!

Album of the Year
Beck, Morning Phase (WINNER)
Beyonce, Beyonce
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Song of the Year
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (WINNER)
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”

Record of the Year
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version” (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Best New Artist
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim

Best Rock Album
Beck, Morning Phase (WINNER)

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love” (WINNER)
Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross, “New Flame”
Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly, “It’s Your World”
Ledisi, “Like This”
Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams, “Happy” (WINNER)
Arcade Fire, “We Exist”
DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Woodkid feat. Max Richter, “The Golden Age”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (WINNER)
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams, “Happy” (WINNER)
John Legend, “All of Me (Live)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera, “Say Something” (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert, Platinum (WINNER)
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” (WINNER)
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes, “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Keith Urban, “Cop Car”

Best Country Group/Duo Performance
The Band Perry, “Gentle On My Mind” (WINNER)
Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Keith Urban feat. Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams, G I R L (WINNER)
Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
Beyonce, Beyonce
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is…

Best Rock Song
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun” (WINNER)
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever
Ryan Adams, “Give Me Something Good”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta (WINNER)

Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar, “i” (WINNER)
Childish Gambino, “3005”
Drake, “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Lecrae, “All I Need Is You”

Best Rap Album
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (WINNER)
Childish Gambino, Because the Internet
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Common, Nobody’s Smiling
Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa, Black Hollywood

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem feat. Rihanna, “The Monster” (WINNER)
Common feat. Jhené Aiko, “Blak Majik”
I Love Makonnen feat. Drake, “Tuesday”
Schoolboy Q feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, “Studio”
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, “Bound 2”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar, “i” (WINNER)
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, “Bound 2”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”
Drake, “0 To 100 / The Catch Up”

Best Traditional Pop Album
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (WINNER)
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand, Partners

Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent, St. Vincent (WINNER)
alt-J, This Is All Yours
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Cage the Elephant, Melophobia
Jack White, Lazaretto

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash, The River & The Thread WINNER
John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
Keb’ Mo’, Bluesamerica
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be” (WINNER)
Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never”
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige, “F for You”
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, “I Got You”
Zhu, “Faded”

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva (WINNER)
James Franco, Actors Anonymous
Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance
Gloria Gaynor, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Frozen (WINNER)
American Hustle
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel (WINNER)
Frozen
Gone Girl
Gravity
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Frozen, “Let It Go (WINNER)
The Lego Movie, “Everything Is Awesome!!!”
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, “I See Fire
Her, “The Moon Song
Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun (WINNER)
Jim Gaffigan, Obsessed
Louis C.K., Oh My God
Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
Sarah Silverman, We Are Miracles

Best Musical Theater Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (WINNER)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Aladdin
West Side Story

Standing Room Only Theatre Company Presents Hair!

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February 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                 Contact:

                                                                                 Kenisha Sanders

                                                                                216-647-8374

kenisha_sanders@yahoo.com

                                                                                       Executive/Artistic Director

                                                                               Nancy S. Nocks

                                                                              614-258-9495

                                                                                         sro.nocks@yahoo.com

Standing Room Only Theatre Company Presents Hair!

 

Standing Room Only Theatre Company is staged March 6-15, 2015 in the Van Fleet Theatre at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

Hair opens on March 6, running through March 15, 2015. Hair features music by Gail MacDermot, lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. This rock musical has garnered Tony Awards for “Best Score from and Original Cast Show Album” and “Best Revival of the Musical” in 2009. Hair features hit songs including Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Starshine. Hair tells the story of Vietnam-era youths who are disenchanted with the status quo. This musical is intended for mature audiences.

 

Hair is directed by Theatre Roundtable award winner Frank Barnhart. The cast includes Ricky Locci (Berger), Nick Evans (Woof), Ryan Patrick Jones (Hud), Sean Felder (Claude), Michelle Weiser (Jeannie), Sharon Kibe (Dionne), Kelly Hogan (Crissy), Kim Mollett (Shelia), and Perry L. Meyer (Margaret Mead). Ensemble also includes Denise Anderson, Alex Lanier, Josh Stepp, Tim Lockett, Devon Porter, Samuel Price, Kyle Salmons, Cassie Gress, Maria Sagan, Tiarra Marshall, Sylvia Gonzalez and Danielle Webster.

Hair show times and dates are 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8; 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 13; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Tickets for all shows are $21 for adults, $18 for senior citizens (55+), $16 for SRO members, $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased by going to the website at http://www.srotheatre.org. Discounted group tickets (10+ people) are available.

SRO’s mission is to produce invigorating theater that breaks generational boundaries.  

For more information, please visit www.srotheatre.org.

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OSCAR® NOMINEES COMMON AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM TOGETHER AT THE OSCARS®

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January 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OSCAR® NOMINEES COMMON AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM
TOGETHER AT THE OSCARS®

LOS ANGELES, CA – Musical artists Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar®-nominated song “Glory” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”

“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Common won a Grammy® in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” and in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Southside,” with Kanye West. His many acting credits include the films “American Gangster,” “Wanted,” “Date Night” and “Selma,” in which he plays the role of Civil Rights leader James Bevel.

Legend is a nine time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed debut album, “Get Lifted,”scored multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.  The follow up was the platinum-selling “Once Again,” which garnered a Best Male R&B Performance nod.  Legend’s most recent highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love in the Future,” scored two Grammy  nominations and features his break out hit, “All of Me,” which is his highest selling and charting song to date and also earned a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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