Eddie Van Halen
|Eddie Van Halen|
Eddie Van Halen onstage in 2007
|Birth name||Edward Lodewijk van Halen|
|Also known as||EVH|
|Born||January 26, 1955 (age 58)
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Van Halen, Steve Vai, Michael Jackson, Sammy Hagar, Brian May, LL Cool J|
Kramer “5150” Baretta
Charvel VH II
Ernie Ball Music Man EVH model
Peavey EVH Wolfgang
Ibanez “Shark” Destroyer
Franklin and wife, Tammy
|Birth name||Kirk Dwayne Franklin|
|Born||January 26, 1970 (age 43)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Christian hip hop, contemporary gospel|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, record producer, choir director|
|Labels||Zomba, GospoCentric, Sparrow,Interscope, J|
|Associated acts||The Family, God’s Property, 1NC|
Kirk Dwayne Franklin (born January 26, 1970) is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God’s Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Franklin was raised by his great aunt, Gertrude, having been abandoned as a baby by his mother. Gertrude collected and resold aluminum cans to raise money for Kirk to take piano lessons from the age of four. Kirk excelled in music, being able to read and write music, while also playing by ear.
He received his first contract offer at the age of seven, which his aunt turned down. He joined the church choir and became music director of the Mt. Rose Adventist Church adult choir at the age of twelve.
Despite his strict religious upbringing, Franklin rebelled in his teenage years, and in an attempt to keep him out of trouble, his grandmother arranged an audition for him at a professional youth conservatory associated with a local university. He was accepted and, while his life seemed to be on track for a while, the announcement of a girlfriend’s pregnancy and his eventual expulsion from school for behavioral problems proved otherwise.
After the shooting death of a friend, Franklin returned to the church, where he began to direct the choir once again. He also co-founded a gospel group, The Humble Hearts, which recorded one of Franklin’s compositions and got the attention of gospel music legend Milton Biggham. Impressed, Biggham enlisted him to lead the DFW Mass Choir in a recording of Franklin’s song “Every Day with Jesus.” This led to Biggham hiring Franklin, just 20 years old at the time, to lead the choir at the 1990 Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention, a major industry gathering.
Baker performing at the 17th Annual Salute to Freedom in November 2008.
|Birth name||Anita Denise Baker|
|Born||January 26, 1958 (age 55)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, soul jazz, smooth jazz,soul, quiet storm|
Beverly Glen Records (1982–1984)
Blue Note (2004–present)
|Associated acts||Chapter 8, Michael J. Powell|
|Website||Blue Note artist page|
Williams at the Fillmore, San Francisco, October, 2009
|Born||January 26, 1953 (age 60)|
|Origin||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Genres||Americana, folk rock, country rock, alternative country,heartland rock, blues|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Associated acts||Buick 6
She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured “Passionate Kisses,” a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter which garnered Lucinda her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994.
Known for working slowly, Lucinda recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. This album presented a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Lucinda another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none have sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named “America’s best songwriter” by TIMEmagazine in 2002.