"Please attend. This is a big day for me. It's my company's first performance in three years on stage."
That was the hand-written note on the card from Carlos Merriweather, president and founder of Solrac Productions, announcing his company's joint venture with the Kentucky Center for the Arts' Cultural Arts program, "Black History Tribute."
The 42-minute presentation of poems and songs is intended "to educate the children with contemporary Black Urban music and touch a little on the music business."
The tribute utilizes poetry and song to accomplish its goal. "Why," "People Are People" and "Martin Luther King" are poems written by Shedrick Claycomb. Ms. Gaines encourages students to sing along with her on "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and her performs her self-penned "Reach For Success." Deep Thought (Claycomb and Mike Southers) will perform "M.L.K. Dream Believer" and "Stay In School."
Ms. Gaines is a former member of the RCA recording group The New Birth, and currently performs with the Area Code 502 quartet.
Other participants include Richard Waters, a local Board of Education music teacher, who has toured with performing bands, and brothers Howard and Geoff Gittli (The Rock-M Sock-M Horns) who are currently recording with Solrac.
Merriweather, an almnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., composed and produced the music for "Black History Tribute, which will be recorded live at King Elementary school on February 28. Copies of the presentation will be made available for sale to the public. Inquiries may be mailed to Solrac Productions, P.O. Box 1837, Louisville, KY 40201.
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