Gloria Lynne Part of Legends in Music

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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

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

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.

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