As a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Teena Marie obliterated the barrier of race when it comes to soul music, opening the door for later superstars from Madonna to Justin Timberlake.
Jeffrey Osborne’s long-awaited new CD, Music Is Life, not only has the distinction of being the christening release of Jay Oz Records, his own recording label through a unique agreement with the Number One independent record company in America, KOCH Entertainment; the collection, co-produced and co-written by Osborne, marks the artist’s 30th year since the release of his very first album as the drummer for the R&B group L.T.D. in 1973.
For almost six months, millions and millions of television viewers watched the Fox network’s hugely successful “American Idol” show and week after week, they voted.
On May 21, 2003, the final vote was cast: Ruben Studdard – nicknamed the ‘Velvet Teddy Bear’ by the legendary soulful diva Gladys Knight – emerged as the winner of the intense competition with over twenty-four million callers logged.
Two months later, in the midst of a hectic national tour with fellow ‘Idol,’ competitors, the 25-year old native of Birmingham, Alabama calmly reflects, “I got over stage fright early in life so I never got nervous doing the show, week after week.
Having a career in music is what I’ve always wanted to do so this is the fulfillment of my dreams!” (Source)