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Fun facts - Q&A with Vic Gerami of WeHo Times & Oleta (circa Sept. 2017) -
Q - How is Los Angeles different than other major cities?
A - It’s obvious that it’s an entertainment industry city. Chances are great that you’ll spot a celebrity. It’s also one of the loneliest major cities I’ve ever been to, probably because it takes such an effort to get to any place.That’s how I ended up writing, “Circle Of One”. Underneath the glitter and glam, there seems to be a sadness that I can’t explain. However, I have had some wonderful times performing there.
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Fun facts - Q&A with Vic Gerami of WeHo Times & Oleta (circa Sept. 2017) -
Q - You’re the daughter of a preacher and grew up listening to gospel music. Is there a place in gospel music for LGBTQ+?
A - Gospel music is a part of every cell, tissue, bone and sinew in me. I don’t just listen to it. God’s promise of love, grace, mercy and spiritual freedom is here for EVERYONE. The LGBTQ+ have been enjoying listening to and performing this music for ages. (Man looks at the outer appearance, God looks at the heart.)
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Fun facts - Q&A with Vic Gerami of WeHo Times & Oleta (circa Sept. 2017) -
Q - Tell me about your LGBTQ+ fans.
A - The people who love my music are those who appreciate music that has depth and songs that mean something special to the individual. They love songs that are uplifting and encouraging; songs that express what love means to them and songs that feed their soul. Songs that make them dance, weep, and songs that speak peace to them. LGBTQ+ or straight… this is what people find in my music.
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Here's to Edwin Hawkins.
In 1969 I traveled with a group of high school students to England, France, Holland and Belgium for six weeks. I was 16 years old and we were participating in a summer touring program called, “The American Institute of Foreign Study”, the headquarters of which was at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Although there was much more touring than studying, it was here that I was first introduced to Shakespeare. This trip was also my first flight and obviously, my first visit to a foreign country. I'm still thankful that the people of Yakima made this trip possible for me.

While I don’t remember much about our classes in Shakespeare, I do remember that I found it shocking that one of the most popular hit songs that year in Europe was, “O Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins singers. When the kids found out that I sang, they’d often beg me to sing the lead part of this song and they’d become the choir as we’d travel by bus from one place to the next. It was a big enough deal that I was the only black person from my school in Yakima, Washington representing A.C. Davis High School, but for me it was an even bigger accomplishment that a gospel choir would have a hit single at that time all over the world and people were madly in love with it.

Today we lost Edwin Hawkins, but not the music that he created and inspired in us all. Those of us growing up in the church back then loved the fact that he and Andrae Crouch had modernized the sound of gospel music and we felt we could grow musically just by playing and singing their songs. I’m indebted to both of them and will miss them both. Our prayer is that everyone will be comforted by the joy and happiness he brought to so many.
With Respect and Love- Oleta
(photo of Edwin Hawkins, Oleta and Bebe Winans Dec. 2015)
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Fun facts - Q&A with Vic Gerami of WeHo Times & Oleta (circa Sept. 2017)
Q - You celebrated your 45th year in the music industry by releasing a new collection of classic songs entitled Third Set this year. How have the changes in the music industry affected you?
A - Not as many people buy full CDs anymore. Also, because of the digital age, the world is inundated with music, so it’s harder for one person to “stand out”. People don’t have to leave home for entertainment anymore because they can see it on cable or the internet. It’s a blessing and a curse.
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TOUR DATES

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September 22-24, 2017
Hollywood, CA
Catalina Jazz Club (Bar & Grill)


October 12 & 13, 2017
Birmingham, AL
Hoover Library Theater


October 21, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Aliante Casino and Hotel & Spa/ Access Showroom


November 3, 2017
New York, NY
BB Kings


November 5, 2017
Alexandria, VA
The Birchmere


December 6, 2017
Doetinchem, Netherlands Schouwburg Amphion


December 8, 2017
Nijmegen, Netherlands De Vereeniging


December 9, 2017
Breda, Netherlands Chassé Theater


December 10, 2017
Den Haag, Netherlands
Circustheater


December 12, 2017
Haarlem, Netherlands
Philharmonie Grote Zaal


December 14, 2017
Veenendaal, Netherlands
De Basiliek


December 15, 2017
Bussum, Netherlands
Spant!


December 16, 2017
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Schouwburg Orpheus


December 19, 2017
Den Bosch, Netherlands
Theater aan de ParadeGrote Zaal


December 21, 2017
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips


December 22, 2017
Assen, Netherlands
De Bonte Wever


December 23, 2017
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Flint Theater


February 23, 2018
St. Louis, MOPowell Hall St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus


February 23, 2018
Annapolis, MD
Rams Head On Stage


March 11, 2018
Oakland, CA
Yoshi’s


April 21, 2018
Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Newcastle International Jazz Festival
Newcastle’s Show Grounds – Farmer’s Hall


May 11, 2018
South Orange, NJ
South Orange Performing Arts Center


May 12, 2018
Port Washington, NY
Landmark Theatre