Recently, I got the opportunity to be a part of a couple of great events that spotlighted two of the best musical offerings Greater Memphis has to offer.
Wow! I am so glad to be from Memphis. Being in the line of work I’m in, there is never a shortage of material because there is never a shortage of musical talent in this city.
Recently, I got the opportunity to be a part of a couple of great events that spotlighted two of the best musical offerings Greater Memphis has to offer. On Saturday, S. Poitier performed at Spin Street Music on Poplar. And on Monday night down at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street, Tim Terry debuted his new video.
S. Poitier at Spin Street
S. Poitier’s album “Life & Love” was released earlier this year and is doing well. His performance at Spin Street Music was an intimate affair, with yours truly serving as host.
I’ve been riding around in my car for the past few months with “Life & Love” in my CD changer. (It’s number three by the way.) (lol) Although I love the CD, it was great to be able to hear those songs performed live.
For a few special guests, the evening yielded a chance to drop a few vocals. Memphian Shea Norman, who is featured on the song, “Like A King, was ushered up to stage to help with that performance. Memphis vocalists Karen Brown, Angie P. Holmes and Anne K. Taylor dropped a few lines as well.
Between songs, the audience learned of the inspiration and background behind some of the songs.
Meanwhile, I was sitting in the back trying my best not to sing too loud while Poitier was performing my favorite song, “I Ain’t Going Nowhere.”
S. Poitier has a pretty bright future ahead of him in the music game. There’s something for everyone on this album – hip hop, jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, and a whole lot of love.
Tim Terry at the Hard Rock
If you’re not familiar with Tim Terry, here’s a point of reference: His hit single – “Ooowee” – is getting major airplay, not only in Memphis, but in Chicago, Philadelphia and Las Vegas as well.
A packed house greeted Terry Monday night at the Hard Rock on Beale Street for Memphis Music Monday as he debuted the video for “Ooowee.”
The song is currently the most requested song in Memphis on V101.
So how does Terry feel about having his new video debut in his hometown?
“I’m much honored and very proud,” said Terry, as I pulled him aside for a reflection.
“I got to be in New York next week to debut it there at S.O.B.’s, but I had to do it in my hometown first.”
It’s good to see hometown talent not only get the recognition they deserve in Memphis, but other cities as well.
“I was one of the people who thought you had to go somewhere else to get success, then Memphis will applaud you and appreciate you,” said Terry.
“It’s been the total opposite. Memphis has showed me so much love and I’m totally surprised,” said Terry.
“It feels good to just to be able to bridge the sounds of Stax and Hi Records with a new era of soul. It is such a privilege to be one of the representatives of Memphis Soul Music right now.”
I think this is only the beginning for Tim. I wish him much success. You can check out the video for “Ooowee” at www.whatshappeningmyron.com.
Whitehaven’s got talent
Don’t miss the biggest local parade of the season! Elvis Presley Boulevard will come alive with lots of floats, marching bands, music, dancers, fun, and excitement and of course Santa Claus during the annual Whitehaven Christmans Parde.
The route starts at Southland Mall, travels north on Elvis Presley and ends at Craft Street. It’s all set to begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19.
The magic continues the next day at Whitehaven High School, as the Whitehaven Holiday Magic Talent Show unfolds from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sign up now by calling 901-576-6857!
NOTE: Happy Birthday to Helen Harris! She’s 84 years young.