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Portland Public Schools Young Gifted & Black Cermony
Art Exits Documentary
Saeeda Wright Presents: "For The Love Of Music"
Sounds Like: Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin, Daryl Coley, donny hathaway, Stevie Wonder
Manager: Andrea Irby
Bio: His interests in music began since around the first grade where he was selected to sing the lead for his classrooms Christmas program. From there he got stared like many other artists of today: singing and stepping into the role of lead vocalist in his church choir. Now this talented vocalist has...See Full Bio
“Alonzo Chadwick starts to sing a gospel song and feels something like a jolt of electricity zap his body. The adrenalin lifts his voice until he's singing notes higher than ever before. The music takes over and he stops worrying about his nerves, his sick mother and her struggle to raise four children on her own. Even before the cheers erupt, tears come to his eyes. For the first time, he feels the power of singing. "This is it," he remembers thinking. "This is what I've been put on earth to do." Chadwick, now 34, is still singing, still feeling the power of song. Gospel music, that great rolling river of pain and joy, is his pulpit. Born in the churches and nurtured as a shield against harm and indignity, gospel music blends power, richness and pride with a rhythm all its own. Sturdy, boyish-looking and easy-going, Chadwick uses his voice to sing whenever and wherever he can – churches, community centers, corporate gigs.”