Sunday, December 01, 2013
And now, a word from Lady Tramaine Hawkins -- the first vocalist I ever made a deliberate effort to imitate, ever. She's a real powerhouse.
While she was in high school, she was a member of The Heavenly Tones which eventually became Little Sister, the four member group that sang backups for Sly and The Family Stone -- on recordings and in concert. Lady Tramaine eventually married Walter Hawkins and was lead vocalist with his Love Center Choir for years. That album Love Alive! is a basic and simply shimmers with empassioned brilliance. It's the perfect synthesis of soul, funk and traditional gospel.
How interesting that Lady Tramaine, the Hawkins brothers and Sylvester Stewart were walking down the same (gospel) path, more or less...