Gloria Lynne

*Over the years, I have followed the legendary Gloria Lynne in her career. It has been her great strength of character and God given talent that has allowed her to consistently put on good shows and pack music houses. Gloria Lynne is an “icon” in the music business.

Throughout the years, I have covered her and even become her friend.  I have seen Gloria overcome physical illness and financial setbacks only to rise above and overcome again and again. That is why I attend to catch her 2-hr show starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture Repertory Theatre, located at 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx on Saturday, June 18th as part of a Celebrating Legends in Music presentation.

Any music historian would gain a wealth of knowledge about the business of music from Ms. Lynne.  She has known the ups and downs of the business.  She has experienced poor management and loss of revenue.  Yet she has continued to preserve in the business because her faith in God and love for the music has carried her through.

Understanding that one cannot always count on certain elements of the music business to carry an artist through, Gloria Lynne and her son Richard Alleyne, established their own production company known as “Family Bread Music Inc.”

Ms. Lynne has been singing since she was a child, even winning the famed Apollo Theatre’s ‘Amateur Night’ at the age of 15.  Over the years, Gloria has had several hits including “I’m Glad There Is You,” June Night, “Joey Joey Joey,” “Love I Found You,” and her signature song “I Wish You Love.”  She recorded with Everest Records and then moved on to Fontana where she recorded her “Love and A Woman,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Where It’s At,” and “Soul Serenade” albums.

A fine balladeer, Gloria has shared bills with jazz, pop, R ‘n B greats such as Billy Eckstine, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis as proof of her ability to sing in varied musical genres.  In later years, jazz has been Gloria’s mainstay and thus she has worked with top arrangers and jazzers such as Bobby Timmons, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Quincy Jones and Philly Joe Jones.

Ms. Lynne used her songwriting talents in collaboration with Herbie Hancock on the tune “Watermelon Man” and collaborated with Kenny Burrell on the song “All Day Long.”

In June 2007, Lynne changed courses via High Note Records, which released Gloria’s latest CD “From My Heart To Yours.”

Gloria has received accolades and recognition for her undisputed talents over the years.  New York City proclaimed July 25, 1995 “Gloria Lynne Day.”  In 1996, Lynne received the International Women of Jazz Award and she was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.  She was recognized by the National Treasure Award from the Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company (2003).  She was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame; and given the Living Legend Award from the State of Pennsylvania.   She was also presented with an “Outstanding Achievement In Jazz” award at the New York MAC Awards.  More recently, Ms. Lynne was honored by “Great Women in Music” founder Roz Nixon at the historic Schomburg Library in New York City in 2010.

The No. 4 train to the 149th Street Grand Concourse station will get you to the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture Repertory Theatre.  Fans and interested parties can get ticket information concerning the June 18th Legends in Music show by calling Hostos Center Box Office at 718-518-4455 or by calling 646-667-1234.

Deardra Shuler is a well published journalist who has profiled celebrities and written about people of note for many years. In addition to her column at EURweb.com, she is the host of her radio show “Topically Yours” on BlakeRadio.com and has shows featured on NPR via Initiative Radio. Ms. Shuler is featured in several papers. Her international column in Sweden,”Music Pastures” is available at http://soulinterviews.com. Interested parties can acquire info regarding Deardra through Writspirit.com, tagged.com, facebook and google.