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Backstage Stories with Connie Breeze
22 minutes | Mar 16, 2017
Linda Griner – Episode #4
Linda Griner was made in Motown, she lived her life with Barry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, & all of the other artists that made Motown great. On this episode of Backstage Stories, Linda sits down with Connie to talk about what it was like working around Las Vegas legends "The Rat Pack" and what it was like being a woman during the times when a woman stood behind her man no matter what. Finally, she talks to Connie about the movie she has in production about her former brother-in-law, comedian Red Foxx.
18 minutes | Feb 8, 2017
Color Me Badd – Episode #3
Hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Color Me Badd sits down with Connie Breeze to talk about their career which has spanned 25 years. Mark and Kevin discuss the success of "I Wanna Sex You Up" and how the song really didn't take off until the movie New Jack City was released, also revealing to Connie some of the artists that turned down the song before fate brought it to the band. They also discuss the band's early years, like how their electricity was turned off while "I Wanna Sex You Up" was at the top of the charts and what it was like going out on tour without America knowing what band looked like. Mark and Kevin also tell Connie what it's like touring across the world and the stark differences between crowds in the United States and Asia. Finally, the guys talk about their heroes and how they idolized bands like New Edition who helped shape their careers today.
20 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
Charlie Wilson – Episode #2
Charlie Wilson, also known as "Uncle Charlie," is a singer, songwriter, producer, and former lead singer of The Gap Band. He's been nominated for eleven Grammy awards, six NAACP Image Awards (one of which he won), and he's won a 2005 BMI Icon Award and a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award. In this episode of Backstage Stories, Charlie called Connie to talk about how he stays in shape between tours to keep up with his demanding shows and why it's important to him to put on such a show for his fans. They also talked about Charlie's expectations of himself, his band, and how being a perfectionist can make things difficult on the road. Finally, Charlie opened up to Connie about the passing of Prince and how it affected him personally and professionally.
24 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Eddie Levert of The O’Jays – Episode #1
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Soul Train Icon Award Winner, and founding member of the world famous mighty, mighty O'Jays Eddie Levert sat down with Connie to discuss his new solo career and what he's learning from touring on his own aside from touring with The O'Jays. They also talked about what it takes to stay viable as an artist in today's music landscape and how Eddie has adjusted to becoming a mentor (or "Pops" as the kids call affectionately call him) to new and upcoming artists. Finally, Connie and Eddie talked about the marriage of comedy acts and R&B music and how that's impacting live concerts and being booked.
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