Conjunction Junction And The First Black First Lady Of Country Music

(Click Here) See and Hear the song – “Story Of Lily”

Part 2 of Onward Leslie Christian..Country Music Soldier

Leslie Christian has worked very hard with a God-given gift of a powerful and beautiful voice she chooses to share with us as a Country music singer.

The First Black First Lady of Country Music.

Mark Van Allen (pedal steel), Dan Emmett (Fiddle) and Matt Alexander (Guitar).

The conversation and interview are as pleasant as is this evening, which now darkens toward night.  There is no doubt it’s Spring again, the original Gamble & Huff  lyric’s sung by the Late great Lou Rawls, Spring again.

There is a part of me that wants to show off my reporter chops but as I have learned over time and what I’ve confirmed in my interview of Leslie Christian, do what you believe in and what you are good at.

You may have noticed I write with effusive praise, clearly at times taken aback by the show of  prose. I’m taken aback now as I sense a special moment is approaching when suddenly it appears as an object would when driving along a long winding road.

I anticipate an elusive thought or fond memory, but this feeling dances on the outskirts of times’ virtual wings. It’s caught on the tip of my tongue, I have no cognitive ability I must refocus on exposing this promising experience in its written form.

Wait!; cries my writers’ voice, the reader must hear her sing.  Dear reader now is the time to watch and listen (even if you have before) to the You Tube video of the song  “Do You Ever Think Of Me”.  

(call this Conjunction Inter-Stellar)  

Links.. I’ve provided Links that serve as backdrop on the history of Country music within part 1, this is part 2. Welcome to Conjunction Junction of this musical journey within this word processed thought haven.

This trip lights the path of  musical dreams and wishes for Leslie Christian, the former Leslie Christian Barnett, now married to Mr. Patrick Pugh who along with family and friends fully support Leslie’s music and career choice.

It is a fact of life that you may not achieve everything you want, no matter how hard you work at it and for it.  Does the phrase pyrrhic victory mean anything to you, it’s a theory I am aware of from the Great Martial Artist Bruce Lee.

Leslie Christian is a big Miami Heat fan and this year after 9 years of playing NBA basketball Lebron James has won a Championship.

(Call this Conjunction food for thought)

When asked how he felt, Lebron James stated “It’s about time” which seems to be a feeling of relief more than a recognition of a mighty task accomplished. This is by no means a criticism but nothing is guaranteed in sports and in the same token nothing is guaranteed in the music business.

Lebron James’ bold proclamation of winning multiple Championships led to first year disappointment at not winning a Championship and is possibly the foundation for the feeling of relief  at finally winning in 2012.

I have danced artfully, crafting a soft landing for my declaration, spoken as deftly as the Drunken Masters’ moves after a champagne celebration, Leslie Christian.. The First Black First Lady of Country Music.

I realize that years of keeping my talents sharp, of refined practice and defined self-evaluation has delivered me to this moment to shine. Little did I know, or now seeing it do I care that my moment of excellence is exposing someone else to their’s.

Conjunction Junction; 2 beautiful Women Game Changers, Leslie Christian meet Danika Patrick
Bankable Artist.. Leslie Christian inspires Fan’s of all colors and all ages, she wants to be known as America’s Singer

It’s clear now (hindsight being 20/20) why I would dwell on the name Christian and the spirituality surrounding our meeting.

In truth I was meeting the Black First Lady of Country Music, the epiphany manifested itself as I fell prey to Leslie’s’ intoxicating accent, or if you will her country twang.

The Gospel artist reference became clear to me as I looked into Leslie Christians’ eyes and heard her voice elevate as she spoke of her beloved Grandmother.


Grandma Betty Sue sang Country music songs so well that for a time Leslie believed grandma was the legendary Loretta Lynn.

(call this Conjunction Multi-Track)

“Take That To The Bank” is a popular song from back in the day by the group Shalamar, which also penned the theme song to the great R&B television show, history records as Soul Train. (God Bless Don Cornelius)

The talent variety show format is a staple of television past, present and future. Every reference to the history of music on television is incomplete without the mentions of the Ed Sullivan Show and the wonderful show which moved the Skin Color barrier in music, The American Band Stand. (God Bless Dick Clark)

It’s impossible to write about Black people singing Country music without paying tribute to The great Charlie Pride.  Never mind Skin Color, this man sang some of Country music’s greatest songs, proven by a multi-year string of #1 hits. I have 2 other shows in television history that help me understand Leslie Christian’s passion for Country music, laugh-in and of course Hee Haw.

It’s really not a matter for me or for anyone else to justify Leslie Christian’s choice to sing and write Country music and as she says “I want to sing songs that mean something to me, songs from my heart”.

(call this Conjunction abstract love tap)

Leslie Christian is working hard to see her dreams come true, her talent is recognized by R&B Producers and she has (politely) turned all offers down until  a record company is ready to invest in a Black female singing Country music.

In the mean time she has fully invested in herself and the investment has paid off as new fan’s continue to get on board. Record company executives and the like take note, Leslie Christian received an invitation to sing the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves on the evening of Tuesday, June 26.

I commend Leslie Christian who has left behind a successful business career, stating to those closest, I want to give singing full time a try!.  To the younger set reading about this phenomenal Women,  “She’s All The Way Turned Up”

Conjunction Junction was a 1970’s television show featuring the great voice and distinctive American Bebop jazz music style of Jack Sheldon. This show was part of the overall broadcast called the After School Special and School House rocks. School is in session to learn about Leslie Christian, this is a special time for her and you can feel it in the air. In a personal Conjunction, writing about Leslie Christian has rekindled my own “Fire and Desire” to Produce and Direct entertainment projects.

Let this story inspire you, this is not a history lesson it’s going on right now and it is not over. I am looking forward to writing part 3

I have a partial title for the story, come back for My Country…

The First Black First Lady of Country Music

















Find your talent and use your God given gift to spread love.

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Onward…LESLIE CHRISTIAN…Country Music Soldier

I Love my Country… says Leslie Christian.. Country Music’s Black Female Powerhouse.
( Click here to hear )

The 2012 recipients of the highest civilian award gathered at the White House to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President Of The United States Of America, Barack  H. Obama.

Being the first to do something great is special, such as being the first astronaut to orbit the earth; Mr. (Senator) John Glenn, has a unique perspective of the accomplishment of our 44th President.

I too shall orbit a universal wonder, I will cyber-space walk and observe the (super) star that is Leslie Christian,The First Black First Lady of Country Music.

The next time you look skyward, find a star and relate to the work required to effortlessly shine.

When you think of the Women Stars of Country Music you think of great American songs, sung by great Women.

Now add to that list a Women of Color named Leslie Christian breaking through real and imagined barriers, just as fellow pioneer

Rissi Palmer faced, to become a female Country Music Star.

Although her honest humility would dare admit to being a Star, what you and I may miss does not diminish the truth, Stars shine and so does Leslie Christian.

Leslie Christian, Tracy Hamlin, Grace Jones, Gloria Gaynor and Chaka Khan

A Woman of Color did receive the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, her name is Toni Morrison.  This renowned Novelist can relate to my nuanced wordplay intended and unknown as I write with pomp and circumstance; placing fact right here, Leslie Christian writes her own music.

At the age of 12 Leslie wrote her first song “My Dog Got Hit By A Tractor Trailer Truck”.  That song title sounds like Country music just as her latest video and single release “Do You Ever Think Of  Me” is a hit song.

There are 2 more among the greats whom received a 2012 Medal of Freedom I believe tie-in to Leslie Christian, University of Tennessee Women’s basketball coach Pat Summit and “The Times, They Are A-Changing” lyrical hero Bob Dylan.

In Boston Massachusetts; the historical backdrop of my last story, there’s a saying used to substantiate a thought while debating, the saying is “you’re making my point”.  (add your own accent)

Leslie Christian.. sure is pretty.., she has a great voice.. and can sing too..  (now everyone say it together in 3-part harmony)

you’re making my point!

Pretty is a picture of Leslie Christian, posing for video shoot.  click here for latest CD titled..My Life Is A Country Song.

The Times, They Are A-Changing is a great song with great lyric’s delivered in style by a great performer in 1964, all these factors coming together in a perfect storm marking the 60’s.

The song now serves as a historical bookmark, as I say this story will bookmark the Boniface of Leslie Christian.

If it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on your label, label, label you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table.. is a memorable jingle for a popular commercial of the 70’s.

Labels for the sound of music have been tossed about since the 1920’s commercialization of  recorded entertainment.

Labels are a necessary part of the business of Gospel, R & B, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Country and other music but it’s not possible to “Walk The Line” as Johnny Cash sang, stating Country music is Black or White music.

When Leslie Christian wrote her first song as a 12-year-old she dubbed it a country song but give or take some instruments and that song could be called The Blues, which is considered Black folks music.

When you have the Blues and put them to music, The Blues know no color and as for Country music, all we Americans got a little country in us.

The color history of Country music is predominantly White but the color of business is green (Dollars) add e-commerce for today’s Internet market. The playing field levels out, fans of an Artist can now be as diverse as the world is diverse, the times have changed.

I grew up loving the Motown sound, Classic Rock and Soul music; if you will, I was separated from Country music, only the most popular Country song would make the music rotation on the radio.

I liked Country music legend Boxcar Willie and “King Of The Road”.

When I met Leslie Christian; the Country music girl from Shelby, North Carolina, my music world lost its prejudice, I received a similar feeling when watching Pat Summit receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Watching this Woman receive her ceremonial flowers reminded me how my mother taught me dignity and instilled a hard work ethic.

I’ve always respected Coach Summit but knowing a portion of her intimate story and seeing her gracefully acknowledge a President’s and a Nation’s Love was the picture of amazing grace.

On this occasion I looked at this great Women’s Basketball Coach and did not see a coach with the most wins (Men or Women) in the history of College basketball.

This time I saw a great Women who fought prejudice for all Women by building a family tradition that revolves around love, not other people’s opinions.

Click here for facebook. Leslie in studio with Dad.. Buddy

In meeting Leslie Christian it was apparent family is important.

She was managed by her Dad until recently,

as now the talented Horn Man (#HornsUnlimited )

and Entertainment Industry veteran Producer

Jason P. Freeman lends  his expertise.

Click here for You Tube. For Leslie it’s a family affair, shown here in studio with sister Lauren

Onward Leslie Christian, Country music soldier.

My interview with Leslie was set up by  Anita Johnson, owner of

Johnson Consulting Group.

Anita briefed me on Leslie and her Manager, I remember hearing Black female Country music singer but my Spirit led me to prepare for a Gospel music artist.

Preparation for this interview should have included listening to songs and looking at pictures.

Not this time! for this occasion I would let the experience come to me and write down notes as a reporter.

It’s a beautifully pleasant pre-Memorial Day Weekend Thursday evening as I sit on the picaresque patio of the W. Hotel, Mid-Town Atlanta, Georgia.

Understated elegance is the phrase that comes to mind when I see Leslie Christian for the first time, take note that Artist and Manager are right on time.

Hallelujah.. this man, met the moment!

Leslie Christian can sing under any label she chooses, or no label at all as I found out while listening to her music after our interview.

I had not listened to Leslie’s music prior to the interview, I had been prepared for a Spiritual encounter with

Now by the good news according to MyCyber Talk, “You had to be there” will not apply, I wrote down the interview experience.

Come back for part 2, the further story titled, Conjunction Junction.

Onward Leslie Christian, Country Music Soldier, forward as to the studio.

Beech Creek Studios
The Band is all here! (L to R) Kelly, Gordon, (Producer), Larry, Scotty, Duncan, Leslie, Ilya, Steve, Ben

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