By Bill Vaughan
With a plethora of hits, beginning with soul singles like “Feel the Fire,” “I’m So Into You” and “Can You Stop the Rain” to iconic Disney theme songs from “Beauty and The Beast” and “Aladdin,” the music of Peabo Bryson has served as a soundtrack to our lives.
Now the double Grammy and double Oscar award-winning singer/guitarist is wowing audiences old and new with “Stand For Love,” his 21st album produced by powerhouse duo, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Its tracks, including “Love Like Yours and Mine,” has topped playlists with one, “All She Wants to Do Is Me,” becoming a nouveau stepping favorite since being featured on that popular block party episode of Showtime’s “The Chi.”
“What a great blessing it is to go from generation to generation,” Bryson said to Tasty Clips. “Every recording artist wants to record a song that the world’s going to sing along with them. I’ve had a myriad that fit that category.
“You don’t know that you’re going to have that in a career,” he added. “You just have to work hard, stay faithful, and don’t be shy about relying on grace. Cause every moment of our lives is an extension of God’s gift of graciousness.”
One of those surreal moments for Bryson was being awarded and performing at the Oscars.
“Going is actually no small thing if you’re honest,” said the balladeer. “It’s an extraordinary experience, especially if you’re from Greenville, South Carolina and you find yourself in the wings watching Anthony Hopkins win an Oscar for “Silence of the Lambs.” You’re standing there and you realize how stunned he was. He didn’t think he was going to win either.”
Bryson has been blessed to duet with some of the finest female voices on this planet, including Roberta Flack, Celine Dion and Regina Belle. So who’s next?
“I don’t want to scare them away,” he said before referring to a song on the album he wrote 20 years ago called ironically “Looking For Sade.” “She would be first on my hit list. [Barbra] Streisand before she decides she doesn’t want to record anymore. Mariah Carey because she’s a really great singer. I wanted Whitney [Houston] at one point. Who didn’t? To me, maybe the greatest female vocalist ever.”
Like one of his famous songs, it’s been “A Whole New World” for the 67 year old who married Tanya Boniface a couple of years ago and with whom he now has a son, Robert, born January 1, 2018.
“She’s actually one of the nicest girls I’ve ever gone out with,” Bryson said of the woman many first saw on OWN’s “Checked Inn” series. “People look at her and go, yeah, she’s beautiful. But that’s not why I went out with her. I’ve had beautiful and let me tell you, beautiful is most of the time not really nice. She’s my best friend. I always endeavored to marry my best friend. Marriage was something I was only going to do once.”
Catch Peabo Bryson in the Colors of Christmas extravaganza with Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada and Deniece Williams Dec. 8 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
TIS THE SEASON: Michael McDonald, has been touring in support of his fourth holiday album, “Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection,” consisting of a hearty mix of new recordings and previously released tracks.
Tasty Clips witnessed a sampling of the offerings in an amazing uplifting performance at Charlotte’s Knight Theatre by the silver-haired singer/songwriter who once led vocals for The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan before churning out his own platinum-selling solo hits.
The melodic ballad “Peace,” a rocking “Christmas on the Bayou,” and the extremely soulful “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” accompanied by vocalist Drea Renee and Abraham’s Disciples were stand-outs.
McDonald, who hails from Ferguson, Missouri, was visibly moved by the audience reaction and returned with heartfelt remarks for an encore including a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On; and closing with a sing-along appropriate for out times – “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”
CLIPPETTES: Kevin Hart has been named as the host of the 91st Academy Awards airing Feb. 24 on ABC …
“Two Sisters Talking,” a dramedy starring Anna Maria Horsford (“The Bold and The Beautiful”) and Roz Ryan (“Amen”), finishes its run at the Matrix Theatre through Dec. 9 …
Oscar winner Viola Davis will produce and star in Amazon’s “The Fighting Shirley Chisholm,” documenting the life of the U.S. representative who historically ran for the presidential nomination …
If you’ve yet to see “The Hate U Give,” The Montalban hosts a screening of the youth activist film to be followed by a Q&A with cast members Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Algee Smith, and director George Tillman, Jr. Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. …
Also that evening, saxophonist Kirk Whalum presents the seventh annual “Gospel According To Jazz Christmas” featuring Sheila E at the West Angeles Church in Christ, and photographer Bruce W. Talamon discusses his new coffee table tome “Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982” with Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire at Eso Won Books …
The rights to a number of iconic Prince songs have been acquired from the estate by Universal Pictures for an original film based on the lyrics …
Dec. 8 is the night of the holiday jams with the Staples Center hosting classic soul performers War, the Chi-Lites, Rose Royce, Brenton Wood, Barbara Mason, Joe Bataan and more hosted by Katt Williams. Meanwhile at Anaheim’s Honda Center, it’s Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Keith Sweat and En Vogue …
Writer-director Sebastián Silva’s critically acclaimed racial satire “Tyrel,” starring Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”) in a nightmare social situation, is now playing in theaters …
Michael Blackson is showcased in “The African King of Comedy Meets The Queens of the Runway Dec. 8 at the Long Beach Convention Center. For tickets to the event, with a portion going to the L.A. Mission, visit: http://bit.ly/ThixoticMichaelBlackson …
Stevie Wonder announced that proceeds from his 22nd annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert at Staples Center Dec. 9 will also aid victims, firefighters and first responders to the California wildfires …
Sheryl Lee Ralph and the Diva Foundation present the 28th annual Divas Simply Singing AIDS benefit at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Taglyan Cultural Center, 1201 Vine St., Hollywood. Performers include Jenifer Lewis, Terrell Carter, Our Lady J, J’nai Bridges and Renee Lawless. For tickets, visit https://28thdivas.eventbrite.com.
TC ON TV: Dec. 7 – “Remastered” (Netflix): “Who Killed Jam Master J?” “RuPaul‘s Drag Race” (VH1): “Holi-Slay Spectacular” “Tales From The Tour Bus” (Cinemax): “James Brown, Pt. 2” “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Ice Cube
Dec. 8 – “Oprah At Home” (OWN): With Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and their new baby. “Memories Of Christmas” (Hallmark): Christina Milian stars as a woman shocked to find her late mother’s home was decorated for the holidays all these years by someone else (Mark Taylor). “Rent-An-Elf” (ION): Debbi Morgan and Sean Patrick Thomas topline this original seasonal movie. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Jason Momoa, Mumford & Sons
Dec. 9 – “Living By Design Holiday Special” (TV1): Brother/sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett share tips for entertaining from scratch with special celebrity guest Ledisi.
Dec. 10 – “The Last 24 Hours” (Ovation): Jimi Hendrix
Dec. 11 – “Jeff Beck: Still On The Run” (Showtime): Takes a journey through the legendary rock guitarist’s career. “black-ish” (ABC): The Johnsons tradition of going to the movies on Christmas finds the family divided when Dre wants to see a film about Rosa Parks, but the others prefer the latest superhero blockbuster.
Dec. 12 – “Champaign Ill” (YouTube): Jay Pharoah guest stars in this clever new comedy series about a rap crew. “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Jennifer Lopez, The Harlem Globetrotters “Pharrell: Happy-Go-Lucky” (Ovation): The producer/hip-hop artist is the subject of this documentary with observations from Grandmaster Flash and Daryyl ‘DMC’ McDaniels.
Dec. 13 – “The Talk” (CBS): Angela Bassett
TASTY QUIP: “In 2038, it’ll be, “What’s a TV? My wall is a freaking display in itself!” The only reason you have to buy a TV is because the builder of the house didn’t make the walls screens! The only reason I have to buy a scale is because the contractor didn’t make the floor weigh me! The only reason I have to buy mirrors … like what the f*ck is a mirror in 2038? That’s old-school technology, bro. Everything should be screens! Then you have privacy issues, but that’ll be solved.” – WILL.I.AM to Rolling Stone
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