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Skriven av Mike Stephenson. Publicerad i Alla Artiklar. Many thanks go to Peggy Brown for arranging the interview. My given name is Victor Allen and I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and I come from a single parent home and I have one younger brother. I was the piano player for my church for most of my teenage years. After that I went to college for six months and then I got an opportunity to try out for a gospel group called The Canton Spirituals and I ended up travelling, and touring with, and recording with them for about seventeen years.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Searching
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I Never Met A Man
Skriven av Mike Stephenson. Publicerad i Alla Artiklar. Many thanks go to Peggy Brown for arranging the interview. My given name is Victor Allen and I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and I come from a single parent home and I have one younger brother.
I was the piano player for my church for most of my teenage years. After that I went to college for six months and then I got an opportunity to try out for a gospel group called The Canton Spirituals and I ended up travelling, and touring with, and recording with them for about seventeen years. I started with them when I was nineteen and we had a great deal of success.
We toured every weekend. This was from , up until about That kinda prepared me and taught me all I needed to know about the music business including how not to get taken advantage of, because that goes on in gospel music just like it does in any other music.
During my period with the Canton Spirituals it was the same singer that they have in the group now, the lead singer is Harvey Watkins Jr , his nephew Cornelius Dwayne Watkins and Merlin Lucious are the three main guys in the group. He passed away, I think in , from cancer. They have had different musicians come along but the main core remains the same. Theo Thompson was with them but he has left; he was an older gentleman and he retired from the travelling.
He was one of the originals with the group. I worked at the label as well as part of his touring group. I was with him for about a year, but there was one particular concert we did in Selma, Alabama and the Canton Spirituals were there and they saw me perform with Leonard and they approached me about possibly being part of their group and I auditioned and all that and it happened from there.
At the time the Cantons were not a very popular group, all of that came later, after their records on Blackberry Records. I was doing support work and background vocals on the last two records, and on the records prior to that I was doing some lead vocals. The last ten years with the group, I started dabbling with producing blues and southern soul.
Willie and I developed a really close friendship and we are still very close now. Since then I have produced many records for him. I produced on those records. Production means being responsible for creating the music and other cases managing the music, making sure the musicians played what I heard in my head and how I thought the music should be.
With the electronic production I would do all of those tracks, but on most of the stuff I did with Mike Haralambos, most of that was recorded live and I would sit down and do the arrangements and teach everybody, and make sure everybody stayed on course in the studio with what we were doing. The Mel Waiters and all that stuff was at Malaco. Now I have a pre production studio at my house where I do most of my stuff.
I do all of my music in my back room. Willie and I got to a point where we were bouncing songs off each other and he would leave me a voice mail with an idea for a song and maybe sing one line and I would listen to it and create a song from that.
There was one song that I recorded for him as a demo and I gave it to him to listen to and I asked him if he had listened to it, and he said he loved it and I asked him if he was going to record it, and he said no. So I asked why and he told me I needed to record it. I had never thought about being a southern soul blues solo artist until that very moment. That had to be around I was still doing gospel at that time.
I was still singing gospel with the Canton Spirituals at that time because coming out as a new artist sometimes takes a while and music was all I was doing at the time, so I still had to be able to live. Music was a full time thing for me.
It was different and weird doing both, because when I did have an occasional show for myself, the Cantons would go without me and after a while that created a problem and it got to the point where I was tired of working with the Cantons anyway. I wanted to branch out on my own completely. In hindsight I wish I had done it a little earlier.
I guess it was fear of the unknown, knowing how difficult it is to become established in the music business and I was a little hesitant. I then signed with Malaco. He said he would make me an artist if I would write songs for him, so I did a little song writing but maybe not as much as he really wanted. My time with Malaco, I put out three records with them.
Hill , and my music was a little more mainstream and I think people were a little slow to gravitate towards it. I think the person that knocked that door down was Sir Charles Jones. One day Tommy Jr. There is some good stuff on those records that is still relevant today.
Doors started opening and we started doing more shows and so when it came time to do another record, I had a vision in mind in terms of a theme for the whole record, and I wanted to bring back the soul that was missing in music to me. I was listening to the radio one day and after about five songs I just felt like the songs did not reach me at all and I just wanted to turn the radio off. Nothing made me feel anything. If you listen to some of those old school songs they can make you feel good, make you feel sad.
So that was my theme for the record and it actually took me a year to record it. There were other tracks for that record but we were searching for an answer to the sales slump, and we thought that maybe if we put fewer tracks on it and sold it for cheaper price that maybe more people may be interested in buying it, that was the idea behind it. It was co written by myself and Omar Cunningham. We write a lot together. If you look at his last two albums we have got several songs that we have co wrote and the way we do it is interesting.
There are some songs on his and my albums that I wrote completely. The whole CD was recorded in my house. You need the right computer programming with the right plug ins built into the programme, a good microphone, and you can record anywhere you want to.
I use a lot of real instrumentation on the record, all the drums were programmed and we used a live bass guitar, real guitar and some real horns were used and some keyboards were played, so other than drums, it has a real live feel to it. It was that song that caused Tommy Couch Jr to call me and ask me about song writing, so had I not given that song to Willie, that whole thing probably would not have happened.
The only other person I do produce for is Omar Cunningham, I do some track work for him. For the most part I lead my own band. I hear a lot of things in my head and I know how I want things to sound. Some artists let the band handle the creative stuff and just grab the mic and sing. I did some back up playing on the Queen Emily record and for Ronnie Lovejoy.
Currently my career is going fine, with lots of gigs, and we are working more in the last year than we have ever worked before. I have a regular band based out of Greenwood, Mississippi and they are a group of young guys, all younger than me, and I call them Velvet Soul.
My bandleader lives in Greenville, his name is Demarkus McKinley and he is a drummer. The oldest guy in the band is thirty two, the guitarist is Derek Wilson and he has played for Willie Clayton in the past, and he is from Tchula, the bass guitarist is Willie Burks and we call him Foe and he is from Durante but lives in Memphis now, and the keyboard player is Eric Walls , he is from Greenwood.
I guess because of their Delta roots they are versed in all sorts of music and it also gives me that young mainstream edge to the band that helps us draw in the younger audience. Of course at first a lot of people were a little offended by the song, but what really got me was how popular the song became in spite of the few people who were offended by it. It blew me away how many ladies approached me after the shows and told me the same thing happened to them. Omar Cunningham is from Gadston, Alabama.
He is not in music full time and neither am I at present. I used to be, but in my later years I have become a busy body. Omar is in law school.
I have a number in mind and if I have good health and everything is fine I plan on retiring from music. Take J. Blackfoot as an example, he was very sick but was able to still give a hell of a show every night no matter how sick he was and I think that was cool, but for me at a certain age I want to go sit down somewhere. Only me and my wife know that number but I still have a lot of music left in me before that time.
Nobody has the whole board covered because there is no continuity with radio like in mainstream music. I understand what the problem is, but am not sure how to fix it. My musical influences are Al Green and Bobby Womack and under those two, there are several others. Even as a teenager I listened to a lot of old school soul music and of course some of the gospel artists, like some of the older artists such as Jackson Southernaires , and Bobby Bland is a favourite of course.
One modern artist in particular I try and keep up with what he is doing, is Anthony Hamilton , he has done a real good job of blending the line between soul and mainstream. He is one of the few artists that gets mainstream airplay but is still considered a soul artist.
He has done some collaborations with Al Green and others. Soul 1st Records is a small operation and one thing I do appreciate about this particular label is how much my input matters, not just musically but on strategies and how to do things as far as promoting records.
I have an input on all that. Reginald McDanie l the owner is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama and he has some ties and related somewhere down the line to Sam Cooke. He keeps close ties to the family and that is where his interest in music came from. At the moment there is just Omar Cunningham and myself on the label, which is good for me as you can become lost, which I believe kinda happened during the Malaco days.
Current situation with the record label is good. Taggar: Southern soul , English.
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American gospel singer Harvey Watkins, Jr. Born in in Canton, Mississippi, Watkins, Jr. Following his father's death in , he assumed leadership of the group and has acted as lead singer ever since.
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On Dec. Proceeds from the event benefitted the JMMF's arts and cultural programs in the area. Allen said he sees the performance as a homecoming, and he sprinkled in a little humor with his high-energy performance, as well as some "rear-end shaking. Somebody gone be ready to fight," Allen said, laughing. Allen said his interest in music started at a very young age. He sang in his church choir and also played the piano for the church. During his teenage years, he joined a gospel group from Raymond, Miss. He said the gospel group recorded its first CD when he was 15 years old, an album that he produced with no experience. Allen said the group was so young, naive and happy to be in a studio that they didn't realize they needed a producer. I kind of knew what to say, what to do and what we were supposed to sound like," the soul singer said.
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