As anticipation and momentum build for the third annual Compton Summer Soul Jam, featuring Yolanda Adams, event organizers have announced that Clarence Carter, the man who brings a lifetime of musical hits to the stage as well as his unforgettable crowd-pleaser, "Strokin," will receive top-billing at this summer's event.
Southern California's jazz, rhythm and blues aficionados will converge on Compton's Par 3 Golf Course in the City of Compton, California on Saturday, August 18, to be a part of this event of the summer presented by The Los Angeles Sentinel and KJLH Radio, FM 102.3 and hosted by Compton Mayor Pro Tem, Isadore Hall.
"Every year thousands of people come out to participate in and enjoy Compton's Summer Soul Jam. It has proven to be one of the greatest venues in the South Los Angeles area," says Hall. "It has helped change the face of our city, especially from the view outside the walls of our city."
When asked whom he's most excited to see perform, Hall says with a laugh, "Angie Stone, she's off the charts."
Stone is among a list of immense talents who will be performing at this year's event, which includes Carter.
Carter, known by his international fan base as Dr. CC, is the man who taught himself how to play guitar, a Christmas gift from his mother when he was only 11 years and the man whose first Royalty Check was in the amount of $0.25. He is now 71 and still able to get the audience on their feet wherever he performs in the United States and abroad.
Carter's musical career spans nearly three-quarters of a century. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1936, and started school at the Alabama school for the blind in Talladega.
In spite of the obstacle of his blindness he graduated from Westside High School and because of his steadfast determination and perseverance, went on to graduate from Alabama State College with a B.S. degree in music at the age of 24.
With an unremarkable start in the music business along with school friend, Calvin Scott, Carter soon signed a record deal with Fame Records where he learned to write songs, sing on a professional level, and how to produce hit records. This association produced several hit records including: "Slip Away" in 1968, "Too Weak To Fight" in 1969 and "Patches" in 1970.
He later joined Atlantic Records, which provided greater success and stability in the elusive music industry. His musical offerings have been at the top of the charts in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the early 1970's for the hit song "Patches" and he has been inducted into the Georgia and Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Carter's success as a live performer to thousands of patrons each year, with a busy touring schedule showcasing his music of the past, is matched presently by his proliferation in the studio. His recent CD's, "One More Hit," and "Messin' With My Mind" feature his soulful sounds and have done well in select music outlets.
Sure to add his special 'touch' to the Compton Summer Soul Jam, Carter will share the stage with featured artist Yolanda Adams as well as Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Eloise Laws and the Laws family, the Sai-Whatt Band, AJ, Thicke, Barbara Morrison, Linda Hopkins, and Billy Valentine, to name a few.
This year's event, as those in the past, will feature an afternoon of unbeatable entertainment for the entire family. In addition to the superior musical entertainment, patrons may experience some of Southern California's finest ethnic food, fashion and collectible memorabilia vendors and participate in what is sure to be one of the best entertainment values of the summer.
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