MY COUNTRY TIS OF ME.. YOU & THEE

Monumental Moments..Leslie Christian on Monument Mountain in Grand Junction,Colorado (CLICK PICTURE) to hear Leslie’s Oprah Winfrey tribute song-“Oprah We Love You” produced by Phil Davis

Part 3 of 3  Onward..Leslie Christian.. Country Music Soldier

In God we Trust, Pride goest before you fall, We hold these truths to be self-evident, You can not legislate morality, Can’t we all..just get along, (God Bless Rodney King) and taken from the lyric’s of a Leslie Christian song,

I know a itsy bitsy little bit about love.

There is another saying made popular in New Millennium U. S. A, which inspired unity after a woeful day of  infamous terror on September, 11th 2001; Red White and Blue, These Colors Do Not Run.

Twin Dreams of Freedom, Towers into the Heavens with Lights

These were significant day’s that are gone by now, not only in the space of time but also gone in spirit.  For that brief time “We The People” of the United States began each day as a part of the Human Race, unified and on a glorified planet.

Unity was a common theme throughout the Fall and Winter of 2001, in my writer’s 3rd Eye now envisioned, enraptured and captured upon WordPress, the New Year of 2002 began with every American citizen claiming,

My Country Tis of Me, You and Thee.

One of our Nationally treasured songs begins, “My Country Tis Of Thee” not the Country tis of thee.

By stating My Country..! this symbolizes taking possession with feeling, a beautiful song  America (My Country, Tis of Thee)  was written by Samuel F. Smith in the year 1831.

These are the points that matter, subtle direct references that let you the reader know there was care injected for the sake of love.

When did that All-American unity feeling leave? Where is that feeling of camaraderie we all felt in those days. I am described as a path finder, if you’ve ever searched for something.., something that requires the definite delicate balance of me first then you, you are a path finder.

The pathway is clear but we got lost again somewhere along the way in 2002. Maybe it was personal tragedy, maybe it was road rage, maybe it’s as simple as being scared, but we as a Country returned to cold isolation.

In the movie “What’s Love got to do with it” Ike Turner had a catch-phrase used to focus the band member’s attention. Find yourself was the phrase and was used with a theatrical hand movement and it worked, so virtually let’s find ourselves.

(Bloggonit, found the original B2B – business to business)

“America! America! God Shed His Grace On Thee”  is for me to be taken aback again; as in part 2 of this story.

Wax poetic, as I am want to do, twisted in Internet eCommerce linguistics, this story looks real good when it’s back linked up.

I’m taken aback; aback, realizing the conjunction junction I present here are the great lyric’s, America! America! God Shed His Grace On Thee.

Within the context of this Leslie Christian trilogy,

those lyric’s roar by the senses (like a midnight freight train) awakening the theological backbone of another great National song which; beckoning..,promises a great Country.

This song is titled “America, The Beautiful” and was written in 1895 by a women named Katherine Lee Bates.  My Country Tis Of Me..You and Thee is part 3 of the Leslie Christian trinity trilogy, declaring Leslie Christian is anointed to sing Country music.

The trilogy trinity is.. The Black First Lady of Country Music, The Star-Spangled Banner and Oh say can you see..My Country (music) tis of me, you and thee.

The Star-Spangled Banner our National Anthem, was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and just like the revered songs, America, the Beautiful and America, (My Country Tis of Thee) The Star-Spangled Banner endured growing pains on its way to becoming our National Anthem.

(Watch Leslie Christian sing National Anthem at Atlanta Braves game)

Endure growing pains, it’s almost a cliché or even a biblical passage akin to patience is a virtue.  In my interview of Leslie Christian she made it clear to me that the question of skin color would not be ignored or politely glossed over, she is proud of her heritage.

This was remarkable for me since I immediately realized how versed I had become in the art of avoidance when the question of Race arose in business or in the pursuit of happiness.

It had become common for me to participate with little passion in the business world. I had trained myself so well that I didn’t notice my professionalism and desire to be considered a business asset had replaced joy in the work I do.

Can I transfer the feeling of anguish to you at the thought of confronting Black and White racial harmony for a music story. Not a story on politics or a dissertation about the merits of cross-color inclusion into the world of commercialized Country music, but a music story

When questioning Leslie on her choice to sing Country music, my natural inclination was to lean away from color and chose a promotion that focuses on her voice and did I mention that she is pretty!

She is so passionate and devoted to her career that meeting Leslie Christian turns you into a fan. She actually talked me down and infused me with a confidence not to hide my heritage or somehow deny my African-American roots to get ahead or be accepted.  (Nuff said)

Leslie stated to me that she did not want to compromise or hide the fact that she is a Black Woman that prefers to write and sing in the style of classic and contemporary Country music.

When you finally break it all down it’s the Pride that you feel, it’s the pride, ooh it’s the pride (Isley Brothers), as if I were writing a song!

The missing Link in today’s Country music, doubles as a reminder to click onto the highlighted Links you see

 and for the sake of the triple net, 3-D tie-in, we color the Leslie Christian trilogy trinity with a video from the legend of a great Country music hit making beautiful singer,  Mr. Charlie Pride.

I digress to progress; pun intended, my next story will cover Mycyber ebiz connections to the 2012 Summer Olympic’s, where my run on sentences and Uncanny tie-ins win a gold metal in England for English.

The heart Tis of Thee.. Every Country Music singer yearns to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. I sense Leslie Christian is not competing for our attention but believes with hard work and the strength of her talent, she will win our ears.

The Grand Ole Opry is destined to happen for Leslie Christian, it’s a dream of her’s since childhood. I don’t know what the prerequisite is to perform on the stage that made Country Music Famous, but if it’s press recognition and a great song take a listen to Leslie’s song Heartbeat.

There is another great performance stage to be put on notice, “My Life Is a Country Song” is a matter of fact statement from Leslie Christian that requires bi-partisan participation and cooperation on both sides of the aisle to get her on the World Famous stage of the Apollo Theater.

Iron sharpens iron as I presented a faith filled testament to my mother on the subject, “nothing in life happens by coincidence”. I thank the Lord for the humility to see her wisdom when she said there’s Spiritual-coincidence.

Go see Leslie perform, and you will want to get an autograph

A Spiritual coincidence? I present the Black First Lady Of Country Music.

A Spiritual coincidence?  Leslie Christian’s Country music awakening occurred on stage.

The stage was pre-set by Family, Mother, Father, Brother, Sister and Aunt Janice.

Leslie with Aunt Janice

Leslie Christian – I remember one night my Aunt Janice took my sisters, my brother and me on the road with her. Well, I was sittin’ back stage, minding my own business, just listenin’ to the music, when all of a sudden I hear some music, but it wasn’t R&B.

My aunt had her band to learn my favorite song, Acky Breaky Heart. I couldn’t believe it! She invited me to come on stage to sing, and every since then I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I wanted to sing country music and only country music.

The end 

Thank you to Leslie Christian, LeslieChristianmusic.com

and Manger Jason P. Freeman freemanfurniture.com

Until such time as another, adieu!

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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).

LeslieChristianMusic.com

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  LeslieChristianmusic.com

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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