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12/2007 Sharon donates time and talent

 

Recently Sharon wrote the Music to Lyrics Written by John Thompson of The Kiernan Thompson Group.  It's called "Soul Pillow" and was used as the music backdrop for a Cornerstone presentation they made at an Alzheimer's Fundraising Event.

sick with pneumonia/laryngitis, she stepped up to the plate and wrote the music, sang and recorded the song with only three days notice.....It was an overwhelming success, and according to the lyricist, it brought the crowd to a standing ovation after it was played.  John said that he really loved hearing his lyrics and vision come to life.  Sharon was pleased to donate her time and talents to a worthy cause.

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 SAY HELLO TO RUSSELL THOMPKINS OF THE STYLISTICS ( PART 5 )


Bill Tress (bill)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 3:36 pm:    
Russell,
I have a suggestion for one of your upcoming projects - "Lucky Ones" written by Linda Creed - this song appears on Sharon Lia'a current CD (on Kenny Kirby's Philly label). You can listen to the entire song by downloading it on Ms. Lia'a website. Adding your distinctive vocals and lush orchestration would produce another hit for "The Real Deal." Oh yeah - I really miss hearing the sound of the oboe - which was an integral part of the Stylistics early recordings.

Speaking of Linda Creed, do you know if there are any unreleased Bell/Creed songs in the vaults that could eventually be recorded?

Thanks for staying in touch with your loyal fans.

RATJr (ratjr)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:04 pm:    

Bill,
Hope all is well with you and your family. I've never heard "Lucky Ones" but I'm looking into it. There are many Bell/Creed songs in the vaults just waiting for someone to record them. I would love to get my hands on them. My voice and their songs, it's like magic!

Kenny "Cowboy" Kirby (knnyelvs)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 11:22 pm:    

Hey Russell, it's Kenny "Cowboy" Kirby.Just read Bill's post...We should get together so I could play you all the unreleased Creed/Bell & Creed/Lonnie Jordan stuff I have had since 1988...You can hear my productions of "Lucky Ones","Let's Find Those Two People","Love is Feeling" & "Welcome To My World" on Sharon Lia's website.I have allot of the original demos w/ just Piano/Vocal as well....Let me know & we can exchange phone numbers....my Email is: kenneth.kirby2@verizon.net
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THE ARTICLE IS TRANSCRIBED BELOW

By Diane Villano   (for the actual websites version click here.)

Times Staff Writer

Oxford Circle record producer Kenny Kirby grew up in Birmingham, Ala., on the blues — Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama, among others, but it was the sound of Philadelphia that made this Southern boy rock.
    

"I loved the orchestration of the music coming out of Philadelphia with the Stylistics, the Chi-Lites and the Spinners. I dreamed of playing with big black stars," Kirby said.
    

That sound was a force to be reckoned with in the 1970s, and Philadelphia native Linda Creed, who grew up in Mount Airy, penned many of those songs we sang and danced to. Her songbook included Betcha By Golly, Wow; Break Up to Make Up; The Greatest Love of All; Hold Me; I’m Stone In Love With You; Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart); and You Make Me Feel Brand New. She also wrote the theme for the ’80s television series Simon & Simon.
    

Creed died of breast cancer in April 1986 at age 37. Six years later, the National Academy of Popular Music inducted her into its Songwriters Hall of Fame.
     

Twenty years after her death, Kirby, 45, and Philly Fillet Records CEO Jack Kearton hope to "recreate the magic that was Philly International Records" — the home of many well-known soul groups back then — by producing previously unpublished Creed songs.
       

Four Linda Creed songs are on Welcome to My World, a CD by fledgling singer Sharon Lia, who was to have been featured at a July 26 Philly Fillet record-release party at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The new Creed songs are Welcome to My World; Lucky Ones; Let’s Find Those Two People; and Love Is Feeling.
      

 In 1988, Creed’s husband, Stephen "Eppy" Epstein, asked Kirby, an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes of Sly Stone, Charlie Gracie and Van Morrison, to catalog his wife’s unproduced material.      "The unreleased Linda Creed library is an unbelievable body of work," Kirby said. "The chords are darker, deeper and hipper."
      

 He spent about a year assembling the collection, gathering songs in all kinds of formats — from incomplete demos to tape recordings of Creed, and even lyrics on pieces of paper in a gym bag.

 Some of the best-known songs in Creed’s impressive collection were done in collaboration with Thom Bell, another Philadelphia songwriter and record producer.
"Through her music," said Kirby, "I got to know her. Linda was very modest — a hippie girl from Mount Airy. She was ‘Lyric’ to Thom Bell’s ‘Maestro’."
     

Kirby also came to the City of Brotherly Love to bring the same integrity and production value to the songs as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff had brought to their highly regarded Philadelphia International label.  "They never cared about the money. It was about the music," Kirby said of the local music moguls.

      

According to Web sites that chronicle her contributions to music, Creed composed songs that produced more than 20 gold and platinum records for such artists as Teddy Pendergrass, Dionne Warwick, the Spinners, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield and Connie Stevens, among numerous others.
      

Her song Greatest Love of All was a huge hit for Whitney Houston 20 years ago. It also supposedly was Creed’s favorite composition.
      

When Kirby approached well-known talent about the trove of unrecorded Linda Creed songs, there was interest in doing hits from the past, so he and Epstein decided to look in the direction of up-and-coming talent.
        

According to Kirby, they found a male singer with a brilliant voice, and Epstein poured $40,000 into recording some tracks. Tragically, the singer died of complications from AIDS before production was complete.

Then came Sharon Lia.      

Kearton, the Philly Fillet Records CEO, had given Kirby a CD by the young singer, and Kirby passed it along to Epstein. The accomplished music mogul agreed to let Lia audition.    "He wanted to see the magic," Kirby said.

 That’s just what he saw when she sat down at the white grand piano at the Epstein home.
    

"I sang Let’s Find Those Two People for Eppy," Lia recalled. "He turned to Jack with a tear in his eye. It was a song Linda wrote about them. It was their story. I can’t tell you what it meant to create this feeling in this man, this mogul. Now when I sing it, I imagine the two of them together."

After the audition, Epstein gave Lia his unequivocal support.  That endorsement meant a lot to Kirby as well, he said. "Eppy liked to close his eyes and listen to music on a Walkman, catching every nuance," Kirby said. "He listened to the final product, stood up and gave me a hug, and said, ‘Linda would have been proud.’"
         

Earlier this year, Epstein died in his sleep. Kirby had lost his friend and mentor.     "Eppy breathed life into my career. From the first minute, he nicknamed me ‘Cowboy’ because of my Southern accent," Kirby recalled. "He told me that he needed me to be here (to put the collection together) and was going to be our promo guy. We even had business cards made up for him. Jack (Kearton) put one in Eppy’s casket."
     

While Epstein’s loss is still strongly felt, a collection of his wife’s unknown songs, thanks to his association with Kirby, will live on. Bennie Sims, who had been the musical director for the Three Degrees, co-produced two of the songs with Kirby.
       

Lia, a singer/songwriter from Long Island, is proud to help put Linda Creed’s work before the public again. "It’s a huge honor," she said. "I feel deeply connected. She was a songwriter; I’m a songwriter. She was a woman that died a very tragic death. I want to carry on to continue her vision."

 

 

 

For more information about Philly Fillet, check out www.phillyfilletrecords.com


For information about the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.lindacreed.org


Reporter Diane Villano can be reached at 215-354-3036 or dvillano@phillynews.com

 

 

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An article in the August Issue, page 27

Sharon Lia's
Debut Album release party at the renowned World Cafe Live
July26th, 2006
"Welcome To My World"
 

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 New Meditation Room Unveiled at Senior Center

Author: Kristen Gaumont
Article Date: 09/27/05


photo (from left to right) Sharon Carrio, Director of Career Services at Katharine Gibbs School, Sharon Lia Uveges, student intern from Katharine Gibbs, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone
 

Huntington, NY, September 27, 2005 – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson joined student interns and representatives from Katharine Gibbs School and members of the Senior Center community to officially announce and unveil a new state-of-the-art meditation room in the Senior Center at 423 Park Avenue.

The Huntington Senior Center partnered with the Katharine Gibbs Design Department to create a beautiful and peaceful "Meditation Room." Two students, Eshonnese Jenkins and Sharon Lia Uveges, donated their time and talent to transform a drab small office area into the perfect stress free environment. Soft music, trickling water, exotic aromas, and the rainforest décor are all part of the ambiance. The students also painted a tropical mural and decorated the room with silk flowers and mood lighting. The Department of General Services reworked the electric and lighting and set up a music system complete with headphones adjacent to two comfortable recliners.

On Thursday, October 20th, a volunteer is scheduled to teach meditation. For more information about the meditation room at the Senior Center, please contact Sue Harty, 351-4004, Director of Senior Citizen Division.

 

 Some of the talented professionals you hear some of the Talented People involved in Sharon's album:

Kenny Kirby, Producer

 

Bennie Sims, Producer

 

Johnny Neel Keyboardist/ Allman  Brothers  &  Producer of Soul Desire

 

 

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